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London Bar > Employment Tier 1Old Square Chambers‘ members regularly appear in the appellate courts, test cases, and factually and legally complex trials; and the set is increasingly acting for more than one party in challenging cases, while also experiencing larger volumes of sensitive investigations. In the Court of Appeal, four silks and two juniors from chambers appeared for various parties and intervenors in a test case on whether foster carers have worker status (NUPFC v Certification Officer and others), namely: Lord Hendy KC, Ben Collins KC, Ben Cooper KC and Katharine Newton KC, along with senior junior Robert Moretto and Madeline Stanley. Betsan Criddle KC took silk in March 2022. Cooper KC also successfully represented both the claimant in Forstater v CGD Europe & others, a high-profile case concerning protection against discrimination in employment for holding gender-critical beliefs; and barrister Allison Bailey in her claim against her chambers for discrimination on similar grounds; however in that case the claim against co-respondent Stonewall, represented by Ijeoma Omambala KC and Robin White, was unsuccessful.
‘Old Square Chambers is incredibly well respected generally, and in relation to Employment Tribunal matters.‘
‘Its depth of experience is excellent, and it is expert in representing clients in complex and nuanced litigation.‘
‘A strong cohort of junior counsel, meaning that the clerks are always able to recommend a trusted pair of hands for any instruction.‘
‘Old Square is a go-to set for employment barristers and its barristers are experts in their fields.‘
‘Old Square Chambers is a set of choice for employment law matters. It has strength in depth that means almost all cases and matters can be covered by a member of chambers.‘
‘The clerks at Old Square are incredibly responsive and helpful. It is highly unusual not to receive a response to an email the same day!‘
Western Circuit > Employment Tier 1Old Square Chambers ' Michael Ford KC is sought after for his established expertise in handling high-profile cases involving equal pay, pensions and TUPE matters, and is well known for advising on trade union law. Discrimination claims have been prominent in Toby Kempster ‘s recent caseload, and Jack Mitchell is regularly instructed in whistleblowing matters. Oliver Isaacs is adept at representing employees and employers across a wide spectrum of unfair dismissal claims, while Spencer Keen is widely recognised for his strength in advising on disability discrimination cases.
‘Increasing its recognition as one of the top specialist clinical negligence sets in my view.’
‘Some exceptional barristers here.’
‘A chambers that we are continually going back to for the expertise and individual counsel.’
‘This chambers have strength-in-depth.’
‘A great clerking team. William Meade, Olivia Moliterno and Joe Kallas deserve a special mention.’
‘The clerks are always willing to engage, offer training and have a very collaborative approach.’
‘Old Square have always had talent in the personal injury field.’
‘An excellent set.’
‘A good set to use and I would recommend them for PI work.’
‘Old Square Chambers are a quality set with a depth-of-knowledge across a wide are of my area of specialism.’
‘London is a competitive area for sets and Old Square are one of the leading sets in the field of personal injury litigation.’
‘Senior Clerk Will Meade is the best in the business. He understands client value and will go out of his way to ensure that the service provided is exceptional. I highly-rate the clerks at chambers.’
‘Very helpful and flexible chambers who always provide an excellent service.‘
‘Chambers known for its expertise in assisting healthcare professionals in respect of MHPS proceedings.‘
‘The clerks are very helpful and responsive.‘
Old Square Chambers > Set Profile
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.
|Senior clerk||William Meade|
|Deputy Senior Clerk||Graham Smith|
|Senior Team Leader||Paul Adams|
|Chambers Director||Sarah Earl|
|Marketing Manager||Phil Desmondez|
|Mr John Bates||Practice Areas: Over the last 20 years John has acquired considerable experience…||View Profile|
|Sophie Beesley||Sophie practises exclusively in clinical negligence, personal injury and coronial law. Her…||View Profile|
|Stuart Brittenden||Stuart is an employment law specialist with experience in the full spectrum…||View Profile|
|Simon Cheetham||Simon is an employment and discrimination law specialist, with a wide-ranging practice…||View Profile|
|James Chegwidden||James’s practice encompasses civil and commercial work, employment law, and regulatory and…||View Profile|
|Louise Chudleigh||Louise is an experienced senior junior whose practice encompasses all aspects of…||View Profile|
|Mr Ben Collins||High-profile practice in an unusually wide range of fields: major cases in…||View Profile|
|Mr Ben Cooper||Employment and discrimination, labour law and professional discipline, in particular disciplinary and…||View Profile|
|Betsan Criddle KC||All areas of employment and discrimination law and professional discipline, including High…||View Profile|
|Brian Cummins||Brian is a Personal Injury barrister, who also specialises in inquest work.…||View Profile|
|David Cunnington||David has a wide experience in employment disputes, personal injury claims; environmental…||View Profile|
|Mr Laith Dilaimi||Laith Dilaimi was called to the Bar in 2011. In his employment…||View Profile|
|Christopher Edwards||Christopher’s main areas of practice are employment, personal injury (including travel law…||View Profile|
|Corinna Ferguson||Barrister specialising in employment, discrimination, human rights and public law. Regularly appears…||View Profile|
|Professor Sandra Fredman||View Profile|
|Hannah Freeman||Hannah specialises in employment and discrimination law and in professional discipline. She…||View Profile|
|Katherine Fudakowski||Katherine specialises in the areas of employment and discrimination, personal and criminal…||View Profile|
|Stephen Garner||Barrister||View Profile|
|Mr Tom Gent||Tom is a leading junior in regulatory and motor defence law. He…||View Profile|
|Simon Gorton||Simon Gorton QC is a barrister specialising in all aspects of employment…||View Profile|
|Stephen Grime||Stephen Grime has vast experience of complex litigation particularly in personal injury…||View Profile|
|Lance Harris||Lance practices across the full range of Chambers’ work including employment, discrimination…||View Profile|
|Lord John Hendy||Predominantly in the field of industrial relations and trade union law in…||View Profile|
|Ms Katherine Howells||Katherine Howells specialises in personal injury, clinical negligence, travel, aviation and associated…||View Profile|
|Spencer Keen||Spencer specialises in employment, human rights, EU and commercial law. He has…||View Profile|
|Elizabeth Melville||All areas of employment law, predominantly within the healthcare, education (particularly universities)…||View Profile|
|Ms Eleena Misra||While equally experienced adept in all areas of Employment and Equalities law,…||View Profile|
|Mr Jack Mitchell||Jack undertakes all employment/discrimination cases including injunctive relief, sport including internal investigations.…||View Profile|
|Robert Moretto||Robert has a thriving employment, public law and human rights appellate practice,…||View Profile|
|Ms Nadia Motraghi||Nadia specialises in employment law, professional regulation and public law including public…||View Profile|
|Ms Nicola Newbegin||Nicola specialises in employment, discrimination, industrial relations and professional discipline, as well…||View Profile|
|Ms Katharine Newton||Katharine practices almost exclusively in the field of employment law, and appears…||View Profile|
|Michael Nicholson||Michael specialises in personal injury cases, acts for both claimants and defendants,…||View Profile|
|Ms Ijeoma Omambala||Ijeoma provides strategic advice in connection with all aspects of the management,…||View Profile|
|Anya Palmer||Anya acts for both claimants and respondents, but recently she has developed…||View Profile|
|Deshpal Panesar||Deshpal is a specialist in Employment law.. Described as “the barrister of…||View Profile|
|Giles Powell||Giles practices in Administrative and Public Law, Employment, Partnership, Professional Discipline and…||View Profile|
|Frederic Reynold||Barrister specialising in employment, trade union law, public law and commercial litigation.…||View Profile|
|David Rivers||Specialises in high value liability and quantum claims with recent trial successes…||View Profile|
|Mr Paul Rose||Personal injury and employment law. In employment law has acted in leading…||View Profile|
|Mr Adam Ross||Adam practises in all areas of employment law, including unfair dismissal, whistleblowing,…||View Profile|
|Adam Samuel||Adam has a common law and civil practice, with a particular emphasis…||View Profile|
|Ian Scott||Specialist in complex high value discrimination claims involving multiple causes of action…||View Profile|
|Oliver Segal||Oliver is regarded as a leading Silk in employment law and acts…||View Profile|
|Ms Rosalie Snocken||Roz’s practice is comprised of all of Old Square Chambers’ core areas,…||View Profile|
|Charlie Sparling||Charlie has practised at Old Square since 2006, focusing on personal injury,…||View Profile|
|Mr Mark Sutton||Mark Sutton QC’s practice spans employment disputes, professional regulatory cases and hearings…||View Profile|
|Mrs Melanie Tether||All aspects of employment law, both individual and collective. Melanie is a…||View Profile|
|Ian Truscott||Barrister specialising in employment law; has appeared in the European Court of…||View Profile|
|Rebecca Tuck||Rebecca practices all areas of employment law, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, equal…||View Profile|
|Bella Webb||Bella specialises in all aspects of clinical negligence and personal injury law. She…||View Profile|
|Victoria Webb||Victoria specialises in employment, discrimination and personal injury, with an additional interest…||View Profile|
|Robin White||Barrister specialising in employment and discrimination law (all aspects). Acts for employers…||View Profile|
|Mr Charles Woodhouse KC||Charlie specialises in Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Inquests. He has enormous…||View Profile|
- Clinical negligence
- Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud
- Professional disciplinary and regulatory law
- Group litigation
- Administrative law and human rights
- Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)
- South Eastern Circuit > Employment
- Western Circuit > Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights)