Set Profile > Old Square Chambers > Bristol, England

Chambers of Mark Sutton QC
Old Square Chambers
9 QUEEN SQUARE
BRISTOL
BS1 4JE
England

Employment Tier 1

'First-class employment set' Old Square Chambers has 'real strength in depth', and houses a team which maintains a presence in London and Bristol. Michael Ford QC has 'a fantastic brain' and is 'an absolutely superb advocate, in both trials and appeal work'. Jack Mitchell has established expertise in whistle blowing cases, while the 'incredibly focussed' Spencer Keen is regularly sought after for his 'encyclopaedic knowledge and understanding of disability discrimination issues'. Melanie Tether is 'a brilliant advocate' and 'extremely committed'; she is adept at representing employers and employees across the full range of employment law issues, with particular strength in TUPE, unfair dismissal, equal pay and discrimination matters.

Leading Silks

Michael Ford QC - Old Square ChambersThe biggest brain in employment law.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Jack Mitchell - Old Square ChambersA dogged cross-examiner who is extremely thorough in his preparation.
Ranked: Tier 1
Spencer Keen - Old Square ChambersSpencer is a thoughtful and measured advocate whose intellect is obvious. His knowledge of disability discrimination law is superb.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Melanie Tether - Old Square ChambersShe has a Rolls-Royce legal mind.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Oliver Isaacs - Old Square ChambersVery precise, realistic and relishes a good argument.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

A strong set for employment law‘.

An innovative and supportive chambers‘.

Clerking

William Meade runs a well organised team‘.

The clerks are down to earth and extremely helpful. They are always solutions driven‘.

Paul Adams is very approachable and sensible‘.

Employment Tier 1

Old Square Chambers was recently particularly active in relation to Covid-19's impact on employment. Oliver Segal QC and Stuart Brittenden acted for Unite in the Carluccio's insolvency case, the first to consider the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme's application; and Ben Collins QC, and senior juniors Eleena Misra and Nadia Motraghi, appeared for the Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain in the High Court, seeking to extend the furlough scheme's scope to gig economy workers. In other areas, several chambers' members (arguing on both sides), Lord Hendy QC, Ben Collins QC, Ben Cooper QC, Katharine Newton QC, Robert Moretto and Madeline Stanley, acted in the Court of Appeal in a test case on whether foster carers have worker status; and Ben Cooper QC acted for the claimant in Forstater v CGD Europe & others, a high-profile case concerning protection against discrimination in employment for expressing philosophical beliefs in the public debate about biological sex and trans rights.

Rising stars

Benjamin Jones  – Old Square ChambersBen is a junior of choice. He has forensic research skills, combined with a can-do attitude and a creative intelligence – he will go far.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Adam Ross  – Old Square ChambersAdam quickly gets to grips with the complexities of the case, and offers pragmatic and sensible advice throughout.
Ranked: Tier 1
Madeline Stanley – Old Square ChambersShe has extensive knowledge of trade union law, a very tactical and analytical approach, and is a delight to work with. She is generous with her time and expertise, understands instinctively which points would be attractive to the judicial audience (and which would not), and backs up her views with very prompt, yet thorough, research as new points arise.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Oliver Segal QC – Old Square ChambersOliver is an intellectual giant, who has the ability to assimilate reams of information and spot the key point- and then explain it all back in a simple way – this makes him extremely popular with lay clients. He marshals his arguments and he delivers, whether we are talking about cross-examination of key witnesses, delivering arguments to the judges in the higher court systems, or producing written pleadings. His written work is clear, precise and readable. ‘
Ranked: Tier 1
Ben Collins QC  – Old Square ChambersBen is unflappable and provides a calm reassurance. He provided not only legal advice but strategic support in a tricky equal pay claim, and was able to cut across the noise to keep in mind the central issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Cooper QC  – Old Square ChambersHe is a superlative technical lawyer, who can cut through difficult legal issues and really get to the heart of something complex quickly. He is also excellent with clients and approachable to lawyers of all levels within the team.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Ford QC – Old Square ChambersMichael is phenomenally bright and has a huge knowledge of anything industrial relations-related. He is a fantastic advocate, with his submissions always being clear, concise and extremely persuasive. He is also well liked by clients and has a good sense of humour.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Sutton QC – Old Square ChambersMark is clear, concise and carries immense gravitas. He explains the process and legal issues in precise terms, and always inspires confidence. He is calm and measured, giving extremely persuasive submissions.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Cheetham QC  – Old Square ChambersSimon is a first-class advocate. Extremely bright and brings real skill to complex cases with a lot of detail. Particularly skilled at complex, sensitive whistleblowing cases, very responsive and works cases hard. Always impeccably prepared, Simon has phenomenal client care skills, combining an authoritative presence with an approachable and personable manner.
Ranked: Tier 4

2020 Silks

Katharine Newton QC Old Square ChambersA great eye for detail, meticulously prepared, and a clear and articulate advocate. A worthy addition to the employment silks’ Bar. 
Ijeoma Omambala QC  – Old Square ChambersThoughtful, down to earth, approachable and always calm. She knows her stuff on discrimination in particular. Ijeoma is a real team player and happy to get stuck in as needed, notwithstanding her recent QC status! Ijeoma approaches complex situations with good sense and, importantly, good humour.
Deshpal Panesar QC  – Old Square ChambersDeshpal has excellent advocacy skills, is persuasive in all arguments, and can think extremely quickly when under pressure. His written submissions are clear, detailed and convincing, and he has the ability to grasp complex evidential points quickly and to adapt tribunal strategy to deal with unexpected developments, always acting in the best interests of the client. Deshpal’s work ethic is also outstanding – the amount of preparation and work dedicated to a case is impressive and reassuring to the client.
Rebecca Tuck QC – Old Square ChambersShe provides intellectual clarity, is able to process huge amounts of detail, and is a fantastic cross-examiner.

Leading Juniors

Stuart Brittenden  – Old Square ChambersThe best junior in the business by a distance. Always mucks in, is incredibly speedy and always right – a go-to for difficult issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nadia Motraghi  – Old Square ChambersNadia is extremely knowledgeable and practical with her management of legal issues. She is diligent, approachable, and readily gets herself involved with matters as an integral part of the team.
Ranked: Tier 1
Melanie Tether – Old Square ChambersMelanie has a fantastic legal mind – her written arguments were absolutely first class.
Ranked: Tier 1
Louise Chudleigh  – Old Square ChambersLouise is considered, as well as challenging, in the advice she provides, and uses her substantial experience of the relevant statute and case law to great effect, while also sustaining a practical approach to the detail of the work involved. She is approachable and personal at all times, while providing authoritative and valuable advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Eleena Misra  – Old Square ChambersEleena is extremely responsive, helpful and knowledgeable, and wraps it all up with a calm personality that immediately puts clients at ease. Her manner in tribunal is effective, persuasive and professional. She is a go-to barrister for all complex tribunal matters.
Ranked: Tier 2
Betsan Criddle  – Old Square ChambersA formidable advocate, whose advice is robust, practical, approachable, accessible, and extremely client friendly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Spencer Keen  – Old Square ChambersA great thinker and high-quality appellate advocate. Highly authoritative in all things to do with disability discrimination.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tom Kirk  – Old Square ChambersVery bright, personable, committed to his clients and level headed. An excellent barrister and safe pair of hands in any litigation.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jack Mitchell   – Old Square ChambersExcellent eye for detail, collaborative in his working with us, extremely user friendly with clients and witnesses, and very measured with employment judges, but combative when he needs to be. Jack wears his learning lightly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Robert Moretto  – Old Square ChambersHe has an ability to understand the issues quickly and to focus on the key areas of importance in the case. Good at developing a strong working relationship with the client and their witnesses in preparation for the hearing and during the hearing. Lay clients are impressed with Robert’s conduct of the case at the hearing and the successful outcome.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicola NewbeginOld Square ChambersNicola provides excellent, pragmatic advice, and is precise and effective in cross-examination. Nicola takes a client-centred approach and ensures that clients feel supported throughout. This is especially important in complex, rapidly-developing cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah Keogh  – Old Square ChambersExtremely responsive, completely reliable, very thorough and knowledgeable. Gives clear and decisive advice – an invaluable adviser.
Ranked: Tier 4
Robin White   – Old Square ChambersRobin is a formidable opponent – calm and clear, but ruthless in cross examination. She has a forensic grasp of the case and exploits all the best points.
Ranked: Tier 4
Laith Dilaimi  – Old Square ChambersProfessional and friendly, easy to negotiate with, and with a knowledge of the law beyond his call.
Ranked: Tier 5
Christopher Edwards   – Old Square ChambersAn excellent advocate who is able to distil complex issues into the relevant key components. He provides consistently pragmatic advice and is always realistic about the prospects of success – very good client management skills that inspire confidence in witnesses.
Ranked: Tier 5
Lance Harris  – Old Square ChambersLance does a fantastic job, leading to a complete vindication of our position. As well as the expected levels of professionalism, Lance was really easy/fun to work with (the witnesses particularly valued his understanding of how difficult it can be as a lay person), and very good at remembering who is the client. He was very happy to muck in, as necessary, in a way that some counsel would feel beneath them!
Ranked: Tier 5
Ranked: Tier 5
Rosalie Snocken  – Old Square ChambersShe is a talented junior, who has an outstanding and detailed knowledge of employment and discrimination law.
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set

Good availability of counsel, and always with a range of experience and brief fees so that the client has lots of options. They also deliver regular training sessions with topical content, engaging speakers and useful insights.

A well-regarded set, with a strong range of barristers who rarely disappoint.

Very friendly, pleasant and skilled employment set with excellent juniors and QCs.

A great chambers for employment work, with a number of talented barristers on offer.

There are some brilliant counsel at Old Square.

Clerking

They always deliver a prompt response to queries, and have been willing to be flexible on fees in certain circumstances, which has been most appreciated by the client.

Good responses to requests for help, and quick and personable to deal with.

Client care and billing are always handled promptly, and the clerks are accommodating to client requests, such as providing a base to conduct hearing preparation at chambers.’

Senior clerk William Meade and deputy senior clerk Graham Smith offer a great service.

William Meade is very responsive and amenable. He clearly knows who has what availability and which skills to align with the work required.

Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

Leading Juniors

Katherine Howells - Old Square ChambersFerociously bright and hard working.
Ranked: Tier 1

Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights)

Leading Juniors

Nadia Motraghi - Old Square ChambersShe has a superb intellect and is very conscientious.
Ranked: Tier 1

Employment

Leading Juniors

Jack Mitchell - Old Square ChambersOne of the very best at whistleblowing cases at the Bar. He is very user friendly, tactically brilliant and a lateral thinker.
Ranked: Tier 1

Clinical negligence Tier 2

The 'excellent' clinical negligence barristers at Old Square Chambers continue to undertake a range of complex cases for both claimants and defendants. The 'extremely thorough' Bella Webb is noted for her expertise in handling claims involving delayed cancer diagnoses. Naomi Rees is recommended for claims involving birth injuries and delayed or missed diagnoses, while the 'very approachable' Kara Loraine is instructed in cases involving psychiatric injury claims for parents arising from infant deaths, negligent obstetric care and delivery and negligent surgical procedures. Sophie Beesley is 'highly intelligent and technically brilliant' and 'impressive on her feet'.

Leading Juniors

Sophie Beesley - Old Square ChambersSophie is incredibly impressive. She is a dedicated and efficient worker. She achieves wonderful results for claimants in clinical negligence claims.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kara Loraine - Old Square ChambersShe has a keen eye for detail, and is unafraid to take on difficult cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Naomi Rees - Old Square ChambersNaomi has a forensic, very thorough approach. She gets to the bottom of issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Bella Webb - Old Square ChambersVery intelligent. Calm and confident. Her knowledge of the details means clients and solicitors have confidence in her.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

A very well-managed set‘.

The barristers at Old Square Chambers are excellent‘.

Clerking

Extremely helpful and practical clerks‘.

Will Meade is very attentive to the needs of instructing solicitors, and offers strong leadership to an excellent clinical negligence group‘.

Olivia Moliterno is an excellent team leader – very efficient and responsive‘.

Joe Kallas is dedicated to his role‘.

Aviation

Leading Juniors

Katherine Howells - Old Square ChambersKatherine is a leading aviation specialist with a burgeoning portfolio of grateful clients. A real passion for the subject-matter backed by research and academic rigour.
Ranked: Tier 2

Environment

Leading Juniors

John Bates - Old Square ChambersA specialist in water and drainage cases, what he doesn’t know about environmental group action and nuisance isn’t worth knowing.
Ranked: Tier 2

Personal injury Tier 2

Old Square Chambers is described as 'an excellent set with strength in depth', with 'a wide choice of specialised personal injury barristers'. The team is strong in both claimant and defendant work, with recent instructions including high-value catastrophic injury cases, fatal accident claims and employers' liability matters. Kara Loraine is well versed in handling complex multi-track claims in the County Court and High Court, while Toby Kempster is regularly instructed in claimant-based employer's liability cases, often involving disease claims and work-related accidents. Charlie Woodhouse stands out for his 'considerable knowledge and experience in the personal injury field'.

Leading Juniors

Toby Kempster - Old Square ChambersHe is personable and puts clients at ease with his down-to-earth manner. He remains extremely calm under pressure. Thorough in his preparation, he gets to the nub of the issue. A very safe pair of hands.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Rivers - Old Square ChambersA strong negotiator, who is excellent at teasing out the finer detail, and not afraid of a fight.
Ranked: Tier 1
Charlie Woodhouse - Old Square ChambersCharlie is by far the most outstanding senior junior that I have worked with. His eye for detail is second to none. He holds the attention of the court, and his advocacy is parallel to silks. Judges like him, opponents like him and clients like him. The perfect package.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sophie Beesley - Old Square ChambersSophie is a consummate professional- an astute and thorough advocate, always well prepared and knowledgeable but also empathetic, sensitive and warm with clients. Clients feel readily assured that they are in safe hands.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kara Loraine - Old Square ChambersKara demonstrates great empathy with clients. She breaks down the issues in complicated matters to give clear advice ensuring the client has fully understood the risks in their case. She is very persuasive in court.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

An excellent set for personal injury work. Counsel always make themselves available‘.

A high quality chambers with a number of “go-to” counsel for personal injury claims‘.

The set is supportive, dependable, and offers strength in depth‘.

Clerking

Senior clerk William Meade runs a tight ship‘.

The clerks’ service is excellent. Olivia Moliterno in particular is a joy to work with and always willing to help‘.

The clerks provide a first class service. They are very responsive and nothing is too much trouble‘.

William Meade is an excellent senior clerk who understands the concept of excellent client service. He will always go the extra mile‘.

Joe Kallas is consistently excellent‘.

Administrative and public law (including elections)

Leading Silks

Ben Collins QC - Old Square ChambersHe has in-depth knowledge of administrative law and case law as it applies, excellent advocacy skills and cear, concise reasoning in opinions produced.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Robert Moretto - Old Square ChambersA credit to the profession.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nadia Motraghi - Old Square ChambersIncredibly strong academically, and with a very impressive eye for detail in document heavy public law challenges. Her knowledge of discrimination law from her employment practice makes her a go-to senior junior in public law discrimination cases.
Ranked: Tier 4

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 3

With its 'mix of highly skilled barristers' who are 'always well prepared, clever and good operators in court' and its clerking team who 'really go the extra mile', Old Square Chambers is 'very deserving of the excellent reputation it holds'. Ben Collins QC is noted for his expertise in high-value brain injury cases; one recent example sees him acting for the claimant in AM v Ortec and others, a matter with multiple defendants, including one located overseas, arising from a brain injury sustained in a fall from height at work. In addition, he and Bruno Gil  are acting for the defendant in Eaglesham, Bass and others v MoD, a multi-claimant case arising from Q Fever among armed forces in Afghanistan.

Personal injury - Rising Stars

Bruno Gil - Old Square ChambersHe brings to cases a level of insight and problem solving that is well beyond his call.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tara O’Halloran - Old Square ChambersA great courtroom advocate and cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury - Leading Silks

Paul Rose QC - Old Square ChambersA superb, classy operator. A very steely negotiator, not afraid of a fight, opponents respect him and clients love him for it.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Collins QC - Old Square ChambersFirst-class negotiation skills and a brilliant manner with vulnerable and seriously injured claimants.
Ranked: Tier 3

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Charles Woodhouse - Old Square ChambersHe has the command of the court room and his advocacy is a joy to observe.
Ranked: Tier 1
Katherine Howells - Old Square ChambersNot afraid to take on the really difficult cases, in fact she thrives on them. She has an excellent technical eye and is super organised.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Rivers - Old Square ChambersHe is a bold and tactically shrewd advocate who is willing to stand his ground.
Ranked: Tier 4
Adam Samuel - Old Square ChambersHe has a very analytical and tactical mindset and is great on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 5
Charlie Sparling - Old Square ChambersA very thorough and diligent barrister, and a persuasive advocate.
Ranked: Tier 5
Ranked: Tier 5
Victoria Webb - Old Square ChambersVictoria is an excellent all-rounder. Approachable, realistic and pragmatic, compassionate, tenacious.
Ranked: Tier 5
Ranked: Tier 5
Christopher Edwards - Old Square ChambersHe gives good pithy advice with the confidence of someone who is both extremely bright and on top of his brief.
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set 

‘Old Square Chambers are always efficient and provide an outstanding service.’

‘Old Square Chambers are first rate. They are always well prepared, clever and good operators in court.’

‘A very professional set. A good mix of highly skilled barristers in the personal injury arena.’

‘Old Square Chambers is a powerhouse in the defendant personal injury space, with strength-in-depth.’

‘Great set. Always works really hard to help. Very deserving of the excellent reputation it holds.’

Clerking 

‘The clerking team at Old Square is one of the best at the Bar. William Meade is simply excellent and leads a team who really go the extra mile.’

‘The clerks are excellent, especially William Meade, Olivia Moliterno and Paul Adams. They respond promptly to requests and are very organised.’

‘William Meade is brilliant, responsive, helpful and nothing is too much trouble. A pleasure to work with.’

‘William Meade is very personable and always on hand. He will go out of his way to make life as easy as possible. Olivia Moliterno is super responsive and extremely efficient.’

‘The clerking is excellent, William Meade is a top-notch clerk who leads his team effectively and is a classy communicator.’

Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 3

Old Square Chambers stands out for its 'unrivalled experience and knowledge', and has 'excellent coverage at all levels'. The set has a solid reputation for representing healthcare practitioners before all major regulatory bodies. Mark Sutton QC has an excellent reputation for being 'the leading QC on doctor injunction cases'. In recent instructions of note, Mary O’Rourke QC is defending a prominent oncologist against allegations of inappropriate provision of medication, in an attempt to keep multiple terminally ill patients alive. Betsan Criddle is noted for her expertise in acting for doctors in disciplinary procedures.

Leading Silks

Mary O’Rourke QC - Old Square ChambersOne of the giants in professional disciplinary law, particularly, but not exclusively, in relation to health care professionals.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Sutton QC - Old Square ChambersMark is clear, concise and carries immense gravitas. He is, without doubt, the leading QC on doctor injunction cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Collins QC - Old Square ChambersHe is a fearless advocate who has recently appeared in forums as diverse as NHS disciplinary panels and the Supreme Court.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Betsan Criddle - Old Square ChambersBetsan is phenomenally clever. She is great at coming up with new legal points and really knows her stuff.
Ranked: Tier 2
Eleena Misra - Old Square ChambersEleena is a silk in waiting. She is unflappable, a consummate professional, and yet also compassionate and engaging in submission and in cross-examination. She commands the attention and respect of the court and everyone in it.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nadia Motraghi - Old Square ChambersAs well as being technically excellent and knowledgeable, both in written work and as an advocate, she is pragmatic and puts her witnesses at ease and forensically cross-examining the other side's.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicola NewbeginOld Square ChambersShe has a sharp mind and an encyclopaedic knowledge of GMC matters.
Ranked: Tier 3
Giles Powell - Old Square ChambersA persistent and tenacious advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Good strength in depth.’

‘Fantastic chambers. They are my go-to set for all matters involving the employment of doctors and the associated challenges including High Court work.’

‘A go-to set in regard to NHS Trust disciplinary matters.’

Clerking

‘The clerks service is excellent, very responsive and personable. Senior Clerk Will Meade goes above and beyond to find an available barrister with the appropriate specialism to assist.’

‘Will Meade, as Senior Clerk, is particularly impressive – if any issue does arise it is invariably sorted via a quick call to him which really helps to maintain confidence in the service.’

‘Will Meade is outstanding and will go above and beyond to ensure effective client delivery.’

Clinical negligence Tier 4

Well respected set‘ Old Square Chambers is home to a ‘wide range of very experienced barristers‘. Ben Collins QC, who provides ‘strategic and tactical advice‘ and ‘fights hard for the client‘, has solid expertise in handling high value cerebral palsy claims, and recently appeared for the claimant in GX v Portsmouth Hospitals, a claim involving issues concerning the inter-relationship between psychiatric and neurological injuries, as well as for multiple claimants in Stewart and others v Secretary of State for Health, involving ongoing claims arising out of the Infected Blood Inquiry. At the junior end, the newly ranked Sophie Beesley is ‘efficient, practical and easy to work with‘, ‘very talented‘ and has ‘experience beyond her years‘; the 'academically impressive' Victoria Webb  is another notable junior in the set.

Rising stars

Bruno Gil - Old Square ChambersBruno is technically excellent. He possesses many qualities that a top clinical negligence barrister requires, not least his ability to assimilate and condense large amounts of medical information.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Ben Collins QC - Old Square ChambersBen is an unflappable silk. He is calm, considered and excellent with clients. His work is top-drawer.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Victoria Webb - Old Square ChambersVictoria is academically impressive and very personable. She has excellent attention to detail and is very good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charles Woodhouse - Old Square ChambersHe is a robust advocate with an excellent knowledge of quantum issues.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sophie Beesley - Old Square ChambersSophie is exceptionally hard working, extremely persuasive and an accomplished advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Naomi Rees - Old Square ChambersShe is a calm, well-prepared and focused advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Bella Webb - Old Square ChambersBella is always well prepared, with a forensic approach to cases. Her knowledge of the detail means clients can have complete confidence in her abilities.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set 

Chambers is excellent, with a wide range of very experienced barristers‘.

Old Square Chambers is a well respected set‘.

The set has an excellent clinical negligence team‘.

A good, solid set‘.

The set has a good eye for recruiting talented juniors.’

Clerking 

William Meade is an excellent clerk – responsive, friendly, and professional‘.

Paul Adams and Joe Kallas do sterling work‘.

Paul Adams and Olivia Moliterno are exceptional clerks‘.

The clerks are really good, very responsive and attentive‘.

Education

Leading Juniors

Laith Dilaimi - Old Square ChambersVery approachable and extremely clever, reliable, knowledgeable and pleadings in person and writing are excellent.
Ranked: Tier 4

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Employment Tier 1

'First-class employment set' Old Square Chambers has 'real strength in depth', and houses a team which maintains a presence in London and Bristol. Michael Ford QC has 'a fantastic brain' and is 'an absolutely superb advocate, in both trials and appeal work'. Jack Mitchell has established expertise in whistle blowing cases, while the 'incredibly focussed' Spencer Keen is regularly sought after for his 'encyclopaedic knowledge and understanding of disability discrimination issues'. Melanie Tether is 'a brilliant advocate' and 'extremely committed'; she is adept at representing employers and employees across the full range of employment law issues, with particular strength in TUPE, unfair dismissal, equal pay and discrimination matters.

Leading Silks

Michael Ford QC - Old Square ChambersThe biggest brain in employment law.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Jack Mitchell - Old Square ChambersA dogged cross-examiner who is extremely thorough in his preparation.
Ranked: Tier 1
Spencer Keen - Old Square ChambersSpencer is a thoughtful and measured advocate whose intellect is obvious. His knowledge of disability discrimination law is superb.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Melanie Tether - Old Square ChambersShe has a Rolls-Royce legal mind.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Oliver Isaacs - Old Square ChambersVery precise, realistic and relishes a good argument.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

A strong set for employment law‘.

An innovative and supportive chambers‘.

Clerking

William Meade runs a well organised team‘.

The clerks are down to earth and extremely helpful. They are always solutions driven‘.

Paul Adams is very approachable and sensible‘.

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Clinical negligence Tier 2

The 'excellent' clinical negligence barristers at Old Square Chambers continue to undertake a range of complex cases for both claimants and defendants. The 'extremely thorough' Bella Webb is noted for her expertise in handling claims involving delayed cancer diagnoses. Naomi Rees is recommended for claims involving birth injuries and delayed or missed diagnoses, while the 'very approachable' Kara Loraine is instructed in cases involving psychiatric injury claims for parents arising from infant deaths, negligent obstetric care and delivery and negligent surgical procedures. Sophie Beesley is 'highly intelligent and technically brilliant' and 'impressive on her feet'.

Leading Juniors

Sophie Beesley - Old Square ChambersSophie is incredibly impressive. She is a dedicated and efficient worker. She achieves wonderful results for claimants in clinical negligence claims.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kara Loraine - Old Square ChambersShe has a keen eye for detail, and is unafraid to take on difficult cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Naomi Rees - Old Square ChambersNaomi has a forensic, very thorough approach. She gets to the bottom of issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Bella Webb - Old Square ChambersVery intelligent. Calm and confident. Her knowledge of the details means clients and solicitors have confidence in her.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

A very well-managed set‘.

The barristers at Old Square Chambers are excellent‘.

Clerking

Extremely helpful and practical clerks‘.

Will Meade is very attentive to the needs of instructing solicitors, and offers strong leadership to an excellent clinical negligence group‘.

Olivia Moliterno is an excellent team leader – very efficient and responsive‘.

Joe Kallas is dedicated to his role‘.

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Personal injury Tier 2

Old Square Chambers is described as 'an excellent set with strength in depth', with 'a wide choice of specialised personal injury barristers'. The team is strong in both claimant and defendant work, with recent instructions including high-value catastrophic injury cases, fatal accident claims and employers' liability matters. Kara Loraine is well versed in handling complex multi-track claims in the County Court and High Court, while Toby Kempster is regularly instructed in claimant-based employer's liability cases, often involving disease claims and work-related accidents. Charlie Woodhouse stands out for his 'considerable knowledge and experience in the personal injury field'.

Leading Juniors

Toby Kempster - Old Square ChambersHe is personable and puts clients at ease with his down-to-earth manner. He remains extremely calm under pressure. Thorough in his preparation, he gets to the nub of the issue. A very safe pair of hands.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Rivers - Old Square ChambersA strong negotiator, who is excellent at teasing out the finer detail, and not afraid of a fight.
Ranked: Tier 1
Charlie Woodhouse - Old Square ChambersCharlie is by far the most outstanding senior junior that I have worked with. His eye for detail is second to none. He holds the attention of the court, and his advocacy is parallel to silks. Judges like him, opponents like him and clients like him. The perfect package.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sophie Beesley - Old Square ChambersSophie is a consummate professional- an astute and thorough advocate, always well prepared and knowledgeable but also empathetic, sensitive and warm with clients. Clients feel readily assured that they are in safe hands.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kara Loraine - Old Square ChambersKara demonstrates great empathy with clients. She breaks down the issues in complicated matters to give clear advice ensuring the client has fully understood the risks in their case. She is very persuasive in court.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

An excellent set for personal injury work. Counsel always make themselves available‘.

A high quality chambers with a number of “go-to” counsel for personal injury claims‘.

The set is supportive, dependable, and offers strength in depth‘.

Clerking

Senior clerk William Meade runs a tight ship‘.

The clerks’ service is excellent. Olivia Moliterno in particular is a joy to work with and always willing to help‘.

The clerks provide a first class service. They are very responsive and nothing is too much trouble‘.

William Meade is an excellent senior clerk who understands the concept of excellent client service. He will always go the extra mile‘.

Joe Kallas is consistently excellent‘.

 

Old Square Chambers (www.oldsquare.co.uk) is widely respected as one of the leading sets for employment and personal injury law, both in London and Bristol. Further specialisms include professional discipline, clinical negligence, environment, health and safety, product liability, motor defence, public inquiries, and mediation/ADR.

The set: Old Square Chambers has over 79 members including 14 silks. It is known for being unstuffy, responsive in understanding client needs and pro-active in meeting them. It adopts the highest standards of advocacy, drafting, advice and client service and is well known for having an excellent clerking team.

Types of work undertaken:

Employment: Old Square is a leading set in employment law with a strong respondent/defendant practice as well as maintaining its longstanding claimant/union practice. It is instructed increasingly in High Court matters and injunctions while developing its well established reputation for expertise in discrimination, equal pay and industrial relations. It has been instrumental in establishing recent legal precedents on fees, holiday pay and discrimination.

Personal injury: Old Square members are regularly instructed in cases concerning high-value head, brain and spinal injury. It has particular expertise in disaster litigation, industrial disease, complex multi-party actions and injuries suffered abroad (including those involving package holiday regulations and the Ministry of Defence).

Clinical negligence: Old Square members have extensive experience in claims relating to cerebral palsy, brain damage and catastrophic injuries. These regularly involve high-value awards of several million pounds. Members have acknowledged expertise in periodic payments and indexation.

Professional discipline: Old Square is at the forefront within a variety of sectors, including healthcare, legal services, education, financial services, police and sport. Members frequently appear before, chair and sit as legal assessors on disciplinary tribunals at all stages of the process, including safeguarding rights by recourse to the High Court and the Privy Council. Several of our silks and juniors regularly appear in cases in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court.

Environment: Old Square’€™s expertise includes prosecution and defence in the criminal courts, statutory appeals, scientifically complex nuisance and personal injury claims, major group litigation and judicial review. Areas of particular specialism include water law, contaminated land, statutory nuisance, waste management and the application of European law.

Health and safety: Old Square members are frequently involved in health and safety litigation. This can range from client defence in regulatory prosecutions to representing injured, bereaved and dependent clients in public inquiries. Cases are often high-profile, involving serious injury, fatality, and corporate manslaughter. Operating throughout the UK, Old Square has extensive experience in diverse sectors including construction, transport, farming, quarrying, leisure and healthcare.

Product liability: Old Square members are highly experienced in multi-claimant litigation and in individual cases relating to medical appliances, motor vehicles, cosmetics, toys and other consumer goods. Members also undertake Consumer Protection Act and related prosecutions and product recall.

Public inquiries: Old Square members have been instructed in most of the significant inquires of recent years, drawing on their expertise in health and safety and industrial relations law in public inquires concerned with major accidents or disasters. These include: Leveson, Potters Bar, Ufton Nevert Train Crash, Mubarek, Shipman, Climbie, Ladbroke Grove, Marchioness, Southall Train Crash, North Wales Child Abuse and Bristol Royal Infirmary.

Mediation: as accredited CEDR mediators, Old Square members regularly act as neutral evaluators in a wide range of disputes, particularly employment law, discrimination, personal injury and clinical negligence.

Pupillage: Old Square offers outstanding training to outstanding candidates in both London and Bristol. Reflecting their interests and supportive in approach, this training carries an excellent chance of tenancy and we have an outstanding retention record of keeping pupils.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior clerk William Meade
Deputy Senior Clerk Graham Smith
Senior Team Leader Paul Adams
Chambers Director Sarah Earl
Marketing Manager Phil Desmondez
Photo Name Position Profile
 Jonathan Clarke  photo Jonathan Clarke Barrister specialising in all aspects of personal injury claims (including accidents at…
 Michael Ford photo Michael Ford Main areas of practice are employment law (including equal pay, working time,…
 Helen Gower  photo Helen Gower Helen’s main area of practice is discrimination law and equal pay. She…
Mr Toby Kempster  photo Mr Toby Kempster Toby Kempster specialises in personal injury and employment law, the common denominator…
 Kara Loraine  photo Kara Loraine and collective employment tribunal work, including equal pay, unfair and constructive dismissals,…
Mr Andrew Midgley  photo Mr Andrew Midgley Andrew is an employment law specialist with 18 years’ experience, and 12…
 Simon O’Dwyer  photo Simon O’Dwyer Simon is a specialist personal injury practitioner of over 5 years experience.…
 Christopher Walker  photo Christopher Walker Christopher is a catastrophic personal injury specialist, instructed on behalf of both…
Ms Hilary Winstone  photo Ms Hilary Winstone Hilary Winstone is a talented and knowledgeable junior specialising in employment and…