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Chambers of Oliver Segal KC
Old Square Chambers
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Work Department

Employment, personal injury.


Main areas of practice are employment law (including equal pay, working time, pensions, industrial action, and trade union law), public law, human rights. Many appearances in ECJ, European Court of Human Rights, Supreme Court, House of Lords, public inquiries. Recent cases include: R (UNISON) v Lord Chancellor, SC (tribunal fees); Lock v British Gas, ECJ, CA (holiday pay); Griffiths v DWP, CA (disability discrimination); ISS v Mediclean (strike injunction); Bear Scotland v Fulton, EAT (working time); Chandhok v Tirkey, EAT (caste discrimination); RMT v United Kingdom, ECtHR (right to strike); British Airways v. Williams, SC, ECJ. On Equality and Human Rights Commission ‘A’ Panel of Counsel; advisor to BEIS inquiry into workers’ rights.


University of Bristol, LLB 1st Class; BSC (Hons) 1st class. Solicitor, Slaughter and May (1987-89). Lecturer University of Manchester (1990-92), Birkbeck College (1996-98). Called to Bar 1992. Fee-paid Employment Judge 2003. Employment Junior of Year 2012. QC 2013. Professor of Law University of Bristol 2015. Employment Silk of Year 2015.


Redgrave’s Health and Safety and many others in e.g. Industrial Law Journal.


French (fluent), Spanish (good)


ILS, Institute for Employment Rights, ELA, ELBA


Gravesend Grammar School; University of Bristol (LLB Hons 1st class); University of Sheffield (MA distinction); Law Society Finals (1st class).


Former member of Great Britain road cycling squad.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Employment

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Michael Ford KCOld Square Chambers

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.

London Bar > Employment

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

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.