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Richard Leiper QC

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11KBW (Chambers of James Goudie QC and Daniel Stilitz QC)


Richard is a litigator and advocate, both in the High Court and Employment Tribunals, as well as in appeals.

He has a wide-ranging practice, acting for individuals and for businesses. Recent cases encompass the duties of senior employees, directors, and shareholders; confidential information and restraint of trade; complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims; penalty clauses; and professional negligence by solicitors.

He is regularly involved in all stages of a claim, from initial advice and pleading, interim applications, mediations to speedy trials and appeals.

In the Who’s Who Legal UK Bar Report 2019, Richard was identified as one of the 7 most highly regarded silks in employment law, adding that he “gains extensive praise as ‘a real star of the Bar’, and an ‘absolutely outstanding, confident, commercial and diligent advocate’.”


Called 1996; Silk 2017. Gray’s Inn.


Employment Law Bar Association; Employment Lawyers Association; Industrial Law Society.


Elizabeth College, Guernsey; University of Birmingham (1994 LLB); Keble College, Oxford (1995 MJur).

London Bar


Within: Leading Silks

Richard Leiper QC - 11KBW ‘ A phenomenal advocate with razor-sharp intellect, amazing attention to detail and totally commercial. ’

Within: Employment

11KBW is 'one of the best sets for employment law with a broad range of experience' and is 'a very strong set for complex employment law support' as well as 'high-quality, big-ticket cases', according to clients. Seán Jones QC represents the University of Oxford in a high-profile case regarding retirement ages for academics, while Richard Leiper QC acts for the NHS in relation to the monitoring and pay of junior doctors' breaks. John Cavanagh QC, recently appointed a High Court judge in the Queen’s Bench Division, acted for Virgin Atlantic in obtaining an injunction, which prevented a pilots' strike over Christmas and New Year, and was also involved in the important Supreme Court case of Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust v Haywood, which ruled that an employee is only legally notified of their redundancy when they have actually read the notification.

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11KBW (Chambers of James Goudie QC and Daniel Stilitz QC)

  • Possession Proceedings 28 August 2012

    The lower courts continue to clarify the position following the decisions of the Supreme Court in Manchester City Council v Pinnock [2010] UKSC 45; [2011] 2 AC 104 and Hounslow London Borough Council v Powell [2011] UKSC 8; [2011] 2 AC 18 on the application of Article 8 ECHR to defend possession proceedings.
    - 11KBW

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