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Old Square Chambers

Chambers of Mark Sutton QC

9 QUEEN SQUARE, BRISTOL, BS1 4JE, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0117 930 5100
Fax:
Fax 0117 927 3478
DX:
78229 BRISTOL
Email:
Web:
www.oldsquare.co.uk
Bristol, London

Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Old Square Chambers is β€˜a go-to set for employment matters’, with β€˜excellent counsel at all levels’. For some, chambers offers the best counsel around β€˜in terms of value for money, availability and high-quality barristers’. While the set is well respected for its work on employment issues, it also houses β€˜a decent roster’ of β€˜talented’, β€˜extremely knowledgeable’ personal injury counsel, and has β€˜great set with depth’ in clinical negligence work; β€˜they have someone who is right for each case’. Members are ably assisted by a group of β€˜responsive clerks with very good knowledge of clients and practice areas. They offer the right barrister up for the right client’. β€˜Nothing is ever too much trouble’ for the β€˜fantastic, professional and slick’ clerking team led by β€˜friendly, approachable and client-focused’ senior clerk William Meade; β€˜he always listens to what you want and provides super service’. Deputy senior clerk Graham Smith is β€˜highly regarded’; Jack Wheeler and Joe Kallas are both β€˜excellent clerks’ who β€˜always respond very quickly and provide an outstanding service’. Olivia Moliterno is singled out for praise and consultant Nick Salt is also a name to note. Chambers premises are β€˜widely admired’ as a venue for conferences and settlement meetings. Offices in: London, Bristol

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Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Old Square Chambers is β€˜a go-to set for employment matters’, with β€˜excellent counsel at all levels’. For some, chambers offers the best counsel around β€˜in terms of value for money, availability and high-quality barristers’. While the set is well respected for its work on employment issues, it also houses β€˜a decent roster’ of β€˜talented’, β€˜extremely knowledgeable’ personal injury counsel, and has β€˜great set with depth’ in clinical negligence work; β€˜they have someone who is right for each case’. Members are ably assisted by a group of β€˜responsive clerks with very good knowledge of clients and practice areas. They offer the right barrister up for the right client’. β€˜Nothing is ever too much trouble’ for the β€˜fantastic, professional and slick’ clerking team led by β€˜friendly, approachable and client-focused’ senior clerk William Meade; β€˜he always listens to what you want and provides super service’. Deputy senior clerk Graham Smith is β€˜highly regarded’; Jack Wheeler and Joe Kallas are both β€˜excellent clerks’ who β€˜always respond very quickly and provide an outstanding service’. Olivia Moliterno is singled out for praise and consultant Nick Salt is also a name to note. Chambers premises are β€˜widely admired’ as a venue for conferences and settlement meetings. Offices in: London, Bristol

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Regional Bar : South Eastern Circuit

Employment

Old Square Chambers is linked to the South Eastern Circuit by the presence of Jack Mitchell, who has particular expertise in whistleblowing cases.

Employment – Leading juniors

Jack Mitchell - Old Square Chambers β€˜Meticulous and personable.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Regional Bar : Western Circuit

Employment

Members of Old Square Chambers’ employment team are active in high-profile discrimination cases, whistleblowing claims and dismissal matters, with a recent uptick in instructions regarding holiday pay disputes. In March 2018 Mark Whitcombe was made an Employment Judge in Scotland.

Employment – Leading silks

Michael Ford QC - Old Square Chambers β€˜He has an incredibly incisive eye; no legal problem daunts him.’

Ranked: tier 1
Employment – Leading juniors

Andrew Midgley - Old Square Chambers β€˜A brilliant advocate, who has a fantastic rapport with clients and judges.’

Ranked: tier 1

Helen Gower - Old Square Chambers β€˜Imperturbable and persuasive.’

Ranked: tier 1

Hilary Winstone - Old Square Chambers β€˜An unyielding advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jack Mitchell - Old Square Chambers β€˜Very knowledgeable on whistleblowing matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kara Loraine - Old Square Chambers β€˜She combines brilliant legal knowledge with an approachable manner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Melanie Tether - Old Square Chambers β€˜Very well known for her expertise in TUPE cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Spencer Keen - Old Square Chambers β€˜He provides sound and straightforward advice.’

Ranked: tier 1

Toby Kempster - Old Square Chambers β€˜Clients feel very safe with him.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Leading sets
Western Circuit – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Old Square Chambers (Bristol)

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Personal injury and clinical negligence

Clinical negligence and personal injury practitioners at Old Square Chambers remain active in employers’ and personal liability matters, industrial disease claims, fatal accidents and catastrophic injury claims. In March 2018 Naomi Rees joined from 3PB.

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

AndreΓ‘ Risoli - Old Square Chambers β€˜Noted for his extensive experience in catastrophic injury cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Charles Woodhouse - Old Square Chambers β€˜He is pragmatic, and will fight cases if needed.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Walker - Old Square Chambers β€˜A strong negotiator and a calm and effective advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Rivers - Old Square Chambers β€˜Impressively confident on his feet and knows how to get a judge on his side.’

Ranked: tier 1

Fran McDonald - Old Square Chambers β€˜He has expertise in catastrophic/fatal injury cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kara Loraine - Old Square Chambers β€˜Recommended for employers’ liability personal injury cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Naomi Rees - Old Square Chambers β€˜A specialist in clinical negligence matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Toby Kempster - Old Square Chambers β€˜Very experienced in occupational disease claims.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Public law

Old Square Chambers houses Nadia Motraghi, who continues to represent trade unions in the ongoing Pitchford Inquiry concerning allegations of blacklisting and victimisation by undercover police.

Public law – Leading juniors

Nadia Motraghi - Old Square Chambers β€˜A first-class advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Members of Old Square Chambers have expertise in disciplinary proceedings involving doctors as well as health and safety cases involving serious and/or fatal injuries at work.

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading silks

John Hendy QC - Old Square Chambers β€˜His manner with both clients and the court is exemplary.’

Ranked: tier 1
Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors

Brian Cummins - Old Square Chambers β€˜Very experienced in cases involving fatal accidents at work.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tom Gent - Old Square Chambers β€˜Defends companies in cases involving breaches of health and safety law.’

Ranked: tier 1

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