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Chambers of Oliver Segal KC
Old Square Chambers
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Work Department

Employment, environment, personal injury.


Employment and discrimination, labour law and professional discipline, in particular disciplinary and industrial action injunctions, high court contractual claims, equal pay, complex discrimination, whistleblowing, TUPE. Recent cases of note: Brierley & others v Asda Stores Ltd (equal pay, ongoing); City of York Council v Grosset [2018] EWCA Civ 1105 (disability-related discrimination); McNeil & others v HMRC [2018] IRLR 398, EAT (equal pay, CA application pending); Argos Ltd v Unite the Union [2017] EWHC 1959 (QB) (strike injunction in TUPE context); Hartley & ors v King Edward VI College [2017] UKSC 39 (pay deductions for strike days); BALPA v [2017] ICR 475, CA (scope of statutory collective bargaining); Adeshina v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust & others [2017] EWCA Civ 257 (discrimination and unfair dismissal).


Called to the Bar – November 2000. Silk 2017.


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


Born 1977. LLB (University of Birmingham, 1st class).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Employment

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Ben Cooper KC  – Old Square Chambers ‘Ben is a phenomenal intellect and great advocate. He has a great way with clients.

Old 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.