Mr Alfred Weiss > Chambers of Bill Braithwaite KC > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Bill Braithwaite KC
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Work Department

Employment; Commercial; Professional Negligence; Insolvency; Public Law; Inquests; Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence


Experienced Counsel who enjoys building a good rapport with his professional and lay clients alike.  An extremely effective advocate and advisor who is equally at home working as sole Counsel, or as part of a larger team with solicitors, fellow barristers and leading Counsel.  Expertise in a number of practice areas leaves him particularly well-placed to deal with cases that are multi-faceted and at the inter-play between his fields of expertise.   Has appeared at all level of Court up to and including the Court of Appeal.  A member of the Attorney General’s Regional Panel, is instructed by Central Government Departments and Agencies with great frequency.  A fluent Spanish speaker, he is happy to deploy his language skills in appropriate cases.


  • Heavyweight statutory employment claims with an emphasis on discrimination, whistleblowing, and transfer of undertakings – regularly briefed in complex, high value and/or multi-week hearings
  • Discrimination in goods and services
  • Restrictive covenants, confidentiality, database rights, fiduciary duties – expertise in overlap between Commercial and Employment law
  • Instructed by private employers, central government department and agencies, local authorities, individual employees ranging from shop-floor workers to directors, trade unions


  • Breach of contract, sales of goods and services, economic torts
  • Claims for breach of trust, unjust enrichment, monies had and received
  • Injunctive relief
  • Overlap between commercial and employment law

Professional Negligence

  • Experienced professional negligence practitioner including in claims against solicitors and barristers, accountants, lenders, finance professionals, surveyors, estate agents
  • ‘mis-selling’ claims
  • Acts for claimants and defendants


  • Directors’ disqualification and public interest winding up
  • Liquidator claims
  • Corporate and personal insolvency
  • Claims against IPs

Public law

  • Judicial Review – regularly instructed by Government Legal Department as member of Attorney General’s Regional Panel
  • Claims for and against the police in particular malicious prosecution and unlawful arrest
  • Human Rights Act claims and Data Protection Act claims


  • Experienced in complex and lengthy inquests of up to four weeks’ duration
  • Frequently instructed by Government Legal Department as member of Attorney General’s Panel
  • Acts for public and private organisations, healthcare professionals, prison officers, Families

Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

  • Experienced in a range of personal injury, industrial disease and clinical negligence disputes up to and including cases of catastrophic injuries
  • Experienced trial advocate and negotiator at JSM
  • Particularly well-placed to deal with cases at interplay between Employment Law and Personal Injury


Called 2006; Junior Counsel to the Crown (2012)


  • North Eastern Circuit
  • Industrial Law Society
  • Personal Injury Bar Association


  • MA History, Churchill College, University of Cambridge (Class I, 2003, MA 2007)
  • MPHIL History, Churchill College, University of Cambridge (Pass, 2004)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, College of Law (Distinction, 2005)
  • Bar Vocational Course, College of Law (Very Competent, 2006)
  • Lord Denning Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn (2005)

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Employment

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

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Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Alfred WeissExchange ChambersHis advocacy is very compelling. He carefully analyses a situation and communicates in a clear and concise manner.’