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Chambers of Oliver Segal KC
Old Square Chambers
9 QUEEN SQUARE
BRISTOL
BS1 4JE
England

London Bar > Employment Tier 1

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.

Rising stars

Ranked: Tier 1
Benjamin Jones  – Old Square Chambers ‘Ben is a junior of choice.  He is immeasurably intelligent, and with forensic research skills and a creative intelligence; and he combines these attributes with a thoroughly pragmatic approach to litigation. He is is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get involved in the detail, working closely with clients to understand their litigation goals.  Ben is also empathetic, and measured with professional and lay clients alike at a level that belies his years of call. A real star in the making.
Ranked: Tier 1
Conor Kennedy - Old Square Chambers 'Conor is intelligent, calm and commercial in his approach. He is also always helpful and pragmatic in his advice, and his advocacy is excellent; and he is able to deal effectively with unforeseen and difficult challenges.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Rachel Owusu-Agyei - Old Square Chambers 'Rachel's advocacy is excellent, and her cross-examination is fluent, flexible and with a coherent structure. She has mastery of the papers and manages to extract a lot of useful evidence from clients. Her closing submissions (both written and oral) are forceful and convincing, and she has an excellent grasp of the law and a keen turn of phrase. A formidable opponent for one so junior - her ability sits far above her years of call.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Michael Ford KC – Old Square Chambers ‘Michael is hugely intelligent, extremely enjoyable to work with, and has a fantastic ability to distil complex issues into succinct and persuasive legal submissions. He is pretty much peerless when it comes to industrial relations or holiday-pay related issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Lord Hendy KCOld Square ChambersJohn is one of the country’s leading employment silks. Very strong on all collective labour issues, particularly the relationship between UK law and human rights jurisprudence. A gifted advocate who speaks with authority in court.
Ranked: Tier 1
Oliver Segal KC – Old Square Chambers ‘A first-rate advocate - a steady pair of hands who deals with the issues methodically and in a well-structured way.‘
Ranked: Tier 1
Ben Cooper KC  – Old Square Chambers ‘Ben is a phenomenal intellect and great advocate. He has a great way with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Sutton KC – Old Square Chambers ‘Mark demonstrates incisive and analytical advocacy skills; and he shows breadth of knowledge of complicated issues, especially in respect of the NHS.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Collins KCOld Square Chambers  ‘Ben’s advocacy is as good as it gets.  Even on complex and contentious points, he has judges eating out of the palm of his hand – he is a pleasure to watch on his feet.  In con and with clients, he is similarly good to work with – everything you could want from a silk.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Cheetham KC  – Old Square Chambers ‘A first-class advocate. Hugely bright with an astounding grip of detail, combined with brilliant client-handling skills and a warm, personable approach. Excellent in particular on complex, sensitive whistleblowing cases, and those with difficult or anxious witnesses and clients. Reads judges and panels really well, and has a high degree of emotional intelligence, so is able to respond accordingly.
Ranked: Tier 4
Katharine Newton KCOld Square Chambers ‘Technically strong with an impressive ability to get to the essential issues quickly. Her written work is excellent, and Katharine has a clear and punchy style of advocacy that clients love and engages the court. Very easy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ijeoma Omambala KC  – Old Square Chambers ‘Ijeoma's strengths are that she is very hands-on and accessible, straightforward in her advice, and puts the client at ease. She also makes it easy for the instructing solicitor.
Ranked: Tier 4
Deshpal Panesar KC  – Old Square Chambers ‘Deshpal's cross-examination is absolutely exceptional and his preparation is extremely thorough.
Ranked: Tier 4
Rebecca Tuck KC – Old Square Chambers ‘Rebecca is an outstanding advocate, and lay clients always feel that she is strongly on their side and will back them to the hilt.
Ranked: Tier 4

2022 Silks

Betsan Criddle KC  – Old Square Chambers ‘Fantastic brain, great advocate, works really well with the client (solicitor and lay client), and particularly brilliant knowledge of case law for doctors' disciplinary cases. Her ability to ensure that a complex case is well presented and set out for tribunals and panels is a particularly great asset.

Leading Juniors

Stuart Brittenden  – Old Square ChambersStuart is the best junior at the employment Bar. He is fiercely intelligent, hugely responsive, and always willing to go the extra mile for clients. It is also hard to think of many recent leading cases in the industrial relations arena that he has not been involved in.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nadia MotraghiOld Square Chambers ‘A very capable senior junior who proves to be more than a match for her KC opponents.
Ranked: Tier 1
Melanie Tether – Old Square Chambers ‘Her ability to review voluminous documents quickly and get to the detail is extremely impressive, while her cross-examination is gentle yet deadly. Melanie is truly an excellent barrister and her skills are a great addition to any team.
Ranked: Tier 1
Eleena Misra  – Old Square Chambers ‘Eleena is very client friendly and she is an excellent advocate. She has a cool, measured advocacy style, which is very effective.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tom Kirk  – Old Square Chambers ‘An astute assessor of the strengths and weaknesses in his clients' cases. Also a pleasant opponent, who is a methodical and skilled cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Louise Chudleigh  – Old Square Chambers ‘Louise has phenomenal attention to detail, a great grasp of litigation, and a second-to-none work ethic.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jack MitchellOld Square Chambers ‘Jack has incredible attention to detail.  He can recall complex facts easily and has the entire tribunal room’s attention. Clients have 100% confidence in his ability to steer the case to a favourable conclusion expertly.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicola NewbeginOld Square ChambersIncredibly hardworking and very knowledgeable on all types of employment law matters, particularly working time and maternity rights. An assertive advocate, who is very thorough in cross-examination and excellent with clients in conference.
Ranked: Tier 2
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Spencer KeenOld Square Chambers ‘Spencer’s advice is clear and concise. He is also very personable with clients and witnesses.
Ranked: Tier 3
Robert Moretto  – Old Square ChambersRobert's attention to detail and his preparation for a case are exemplary. He has a lovely manner with clients and is very approachable, while his cross-examination is some of the best around - clients always feel very reassured that he knows the case thoroughly.
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
Laith Dilaimi  – Old Square ChambersLaith is an academic and extremely thorough barrister. He is very collaborative and respectful when working with other lawyers, and willing to go the extra mile for his clients - devotes time to his work, sometimes way beyond his brief fee.
Ranked: Tier 4
Lance Harris  – Old Square ChambersLance has a very calm, collected manner and makes excellent submissions - also great with strategy and easily gets the confidence of clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Rosalie Snocken  – Old Square ChambersRosalie is a great junior with an eye for detail, and who is adept at mastering complex facts and legal issues quickly and effectively.
Ranked: Tier 4
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Giles Powell - Old Square Chambers 'A skilled advocate, who is very experienced in employment litigation in the medical professional field - very effective in court.'
Ranked: Tier 5
Elizabeth Melville  - Old Square Chambers 'Elizabeth is thorough, practical, and has a good manner with witnesses.'
Ranked: Tier 5
Adam Ross – Old Square ChambersAdam is exceptionally intelligent and strong on detail. Clients can always feel confident that he will have prepared thoroughly and will know the case inside out. He applies his mind to the case, well in advance of the hearing, so that he can advise on any areas that need to be explored further to strengthen the client’s case. His ability to get a feel for an employment judge is also exceptional, and it allows him to assess the tone and approach to take during hearings.
Ranked: Tier 5
Madeline Stanley – Old Square ChambersNot only is she extremely clever, but she has the emotional intelligence to work well with and gain the respect of the client, the other side and the judge. She also has the ability to grasp changing complex and untested areas of employment law; and is extremely good with clients, explaining matters in a way that can be easily understood, while also being very commercial in terms of advice and potential outcomes.
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set

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.

Clerking

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 1

Old 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.

Leading Juniors

Spencer KeenOld Square ChambersSpencer has an encyclopaedic knowledge of disability discrimination law. He is extremely personable and a persuasive advocate.’
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Western Circuit > Clinical negligence Tier 2

At Old Square Chambers, the clinical negligence team has established strength in representing claimants in a wide range of cases, and continues to develop its expertise in handling work for defendants. Sophie Beesley specialises in claimant work, and regularly acts for vulnerable clients in complex, sensitive cases. Kara Loraine has a solid track record in handling cases involving delayed diagnoses, negligent surgical procedures and psychiatric injury claims for parents arising from infant deaths. Naomi Rees and Bella Webb both field expertise in representing claimants and defendants in claims involving delayed cancer diagnoses and birth injuries.

Western Circuit > Personal injury Tier 2

At Old Square Chambers, the personal injury team continues to handle a wide range of defendant and claimant work. Toby Kempster counts claimant-based instructions as a key strength, with notable expertise in high-value fatal accident claims, employer’s liability cases and occupational disease claims. Sophie Beesley is regularly instructed in road traffic accident claims, as well as employer’s and occupier’s liability claims. Kara Loraine is a key name for representing defendants and claimants in complex multi-track claims. In recent news for the set, Charles Woodhouse KC took silk in March 2022 and Daniel Neill joined from Guildhall Chambers in May 2022.

2022 Silks

Leading Juniors

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Daniel Neill - Old Square Chambers 'Daniel is very good at unpicking very complex medical evidence and tactically considering how to deal with complex issues. He is excellent in conference with experts.'
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Clinical negligence Tier 3

Old Square Chambers has a strong reputation for its clinical negligence ‘expertise’ and its ‘strength-in-depth’ in the field. Ben Collins KC continues to act on impressive matters, including the high-profile blood inquiry case of McLean v Secretary of State for Health and the dental cases of Hughes v Rattan and Pawley v Whitecross Dental, which established that patients have the right to sue dental practices, not just individual dentists. Junior Sophie Beesley  is developing a specialism in complex brain, birth and psychiatric injury work. Charles Woodhouse KC took silk in the 2022 round.

Leading Silks

Ben Collins KCOld Square ChambersOne of the best – he has the courage and conviction to take on legally challenging cases that many barristers wouldn’t touch. A real team player and a pleasure to work with.’
Ranked: Tier 2

2022 Silks

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 3
Sophie BeesleyOld Square Chambers ‘Sophie is one of the most impressive junior barristers doing claimant clinical negligence work at the Bar, with an impressive work ethic.’    
Ranked: Tier 3
Bruno Gil – Old Square Chambers ‘Bruno has tremendous energy and will attack problems with vigour. His advocacy is always well-planned and executed. He gives clients confidence in his ability to consistently predict what’s coming next.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Naomi ReesOld Square Chambers ‘Naomi is very thorough and analytical. She is also very calm during advocacy and makes her points clearly and concisely.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Bella WebbOld Square Chambers Bella is very personable and has a wonderful manner with clients. Her advocacy is extremely well prepared, persuasive and structured. She has excellent drafting skills and a meticulous attention-to-detail.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘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.’

Clerking

‘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.’    

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 3

The personal injury set at Old Square Chambers is renowned for its ‘talent in the personal injury field’. Recent developments amidst the team include the 2022 appointment to silk of Charles Woodhouse KC, and the continued impressive caseloads of Paul Rose KC and Ben Collins KC respectively. At the junior end, Kara Loraine has been led on matters including the ongoing £33m High Court case of Mathieu v Aviva, wherein she is acting for an art student who suffered a traumatic brain injury when hit by a moped in 2015 but went on to become a successful contemporary artist; discussions include whether provisional damages can be awarded for the risk of developing dementia and on the taxation of damages for a claimant residing abroad claiming for the onset of later illness. In addition, Adam Samuel is notable for his representation of high-profile defendant insurers on multi-million-pound matters, including Galvin v Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, wherein the claimant policeman was seeking damages against the force for injuries suffered whilst he pursued a suspected thief, and his proceeding retirement from front line duties in the force – the claim was dismissed in full.

Leading Silks

Paul Rose KCOld Square Chambers ‘Nothing gets past this silk; he is top-drawer. His cerebral and inquisitive approach with an eye for every detail means that injured claimants always get a superb result.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Collins KCOld Square ChambersBen achieves first-class outcomes and is very calm and reassuring for clients.’
Ranked: Tier 3

2022 Silks

Charles Woodhouse KCOld Square ChambersHe has the command of the court room and his advocacy is a joy to observe.

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Katherine HowellsOld Square Chambers ‘Katherine is courteous and pleasant with a first-rate legal mind.’
Ranked: Tier 2
David RiversOld Square ChambersDavid is a bold and fearless advocate.’      
Ranked: Tier 4
Adam Samuel – Old Square Chambers ‘Accessible, easy to work with and an excellent advocate.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Kara LoraineOld Square Chambers ‘Kara is very clear and focused on arguing her client’s best case; a joy to work with.’      
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Bruno Gil – Old Square Chambers ‘Bruno is one to watch in the future.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Brian Cummins – Old Square Chambers ‘A robust advocate with a keen eye for detail, who seeks to add value for his clients.’      
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Christopher EdwardsOld Square Chambers ‘Christopher is astute and puts clients them at ease.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Charlie Sparling – Old Square Chambers ‘Charlie is a very strong advocate and regularly beats silks in court. His advice is of the highest-quality.
Ranked: Tier 5
Victoria WebbOld Square ChambersVictoria fights extremely well and hard for clients. She is a very able barrister who is a gifted robust advocate.’      
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set

‘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.’      

Clerking

‘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.’      

Work highlights

    London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 3

    Regarded for its ‘expertise in assisting healthcare professionals‘, the barristers at Old Square Chambers often ‘provide an excellent service‘. In GMC v Richard Freeman, Mary O’Rourke KC acted for the former British Cycling and Team Sky team doctor in a tribunal case looking to strike them off for allegedly administering a prohibited substance to British Cycling’s elite competitors, alongside additional allegations with respect to prescription-only medicines. In addition, Mark Sutton KC addressed allegations of misconduct brought against the Medical Director of the Trust employing a breast surgeon previously found guilty of performing damaging surgery to patients. Betsan Criddle KC – taking silk in 2022 – acted on Burn v Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, proceedings covering the scope of a doctor’s right to disclose documents in an NHS disciplinary investigation.

    Leading Silks

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    Ben Collins KCOld Square ChambersBen is a safe pair of hands. He is measured, focused and calm. He is tactically astute and easy to work with.
    Ranked: Tier 4

    2022 Silks

    Betsan Criddle KCOld Square ChambersBetsan has encyclopaedic knowledge of MHPS case law and has represented practitioners in a number of key cases. Excellent advocate, well prepared and persuasive.'

    Leading Juniors

    Nicola NewbeginOld Square ChambersVery high technical skills for technical cases and very good client relation skills.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
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    Nadia MotraghiOld Square ChambersShe is very good with clients and is an excellent advocate. She has a brilliant eye for detail and gives sensible advice.
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Giles PowellOld Square ChambersA tenacious and knowledgeable advocate.'
    Ranked: Tier 3

    Testimonials

    Set

    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.

    Clerking

    The clerks are very helpful and responsive.

    Work highlights

      London Bar > Group litigation

      London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

      Leading Silks

      Ben Collins KCOld 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

      Ranked: Tier 3
      Nadia MotraghiOld Square Chambers ‘An incredibly impressive senior junior. In the public law field, she is particularly strong on discrimination issues and regulatory disputes, but has the legal brain to be a formidable opponent in all sorts of public law cases.’ 
      Ranked: Tier 4

      London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

      Leading Juniors

      Katherine HowellsOld Square Chambers ‘Brilliant attention to detail and delivers a technically astute argument in court.’
      Ranked: Tier 1

      South Eastern Circuit > Employment

      Western Circuit > Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights)

      London Bar > Aviation

      London Bar > Environment

      Leading Juniors

      John BatesOld Square ChambersAn expert in water and drainage matters, and adept in environmental group action cases.
      Ranked: Tier 3

      London Bar > Education

      Leading Juniors

      Laith DilaimiOld Square ChambersLaith is an incredibly smooth operator. He is always very well-prepared and has a lovely advocacy style which appeals to the court.
      Ranked: Tier 4

      Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Employment Tier 1

      Old 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.

      Leading Juniors

      Spencer KeenOld Square ChambersSpencer has an encyclopaedic knowledge of disability discrimination law. He is extremely personable and a persuasive advocate.’
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      Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Clinical negligence Tier 2

      At Old Square Chambers, the clinical negligence team has established strength in representing claimants in a wide range of cases, and continues to develop its expertise in handling work for defendants. Sophie Beesley specialises in claimant work, and regularly acts for vulnerable clients in complex, sensitive cases. Kara Loraine has a solid track record in handling cases involving delayed diagnoses, negligent surgical procedures and psychiatric injury claims for parents arising from infant deaths. Naomi Rees and Bella Webb both field expertise in representing claimants and defendants in claims involving delayed cancer diagnoses and birth injuries.

      Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Personal injury Tier 2

      At Old Square Chambers, the personal injury team continues to handle a wide range of defendant and claimant work. Toby Kempster counts claimant-based instructions as a key strength, with notable expertise in high-value fatal accident claims, employer’s liability cases and occupational disease claims. Sophie Beesley is regularly instructed in road traffic accident claims, as well as employer’s and occupier’s liability claims. Kara Loraine is a key name for representing defendants and claimants in complex multi-track claims. In recent news for the set, Charles Woodhouse KC took silk in March 2022 and Daniel Neill joined from Guildhall Chambers in May 2022.

      2022 Silks

      Leading Juniors

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      Daniel Neill - Old Square Chambers 'Daniel is very good at unpicking very complex medical evidence and tactically considering how to deal with complex issues. He is excellent in conference with experts.'
      Ranked: Tier 3

      Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights)

       

      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.

       

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