Kara Loraine > Chambers of Oliver Segal KC > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Oliver Segal KC
Old Square Chambers
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and collective employment tribunal work, including equal pay, unfair and constructive dismissals, whistle-blowing, redundancy, TUPE and all areas of discrimination law. Kara undertakes work for employers, individuals and trade unions and regularly appears in Employment Tribunals representing both claimants and respondents. She is frequently instructed in complex and multi-day discrimination cases including cases involving multiple types of discrimination. Kara recently acted as an independent investigator in an internal grievance procedure on behalf of a charitable organisation and regularly provides advice both in conference and in writing on all aspects of employment law. She also undertakes work in professional disciplinary proceedings and has recently appeared before the NMC. Kara acts for both claimants and defendants in personal injury cases including drafting pleadings and advice. She represents clients at trial in a variety of fast track and small claims matters including road traffic accidents, employer’s liability, occupiers liability, credit hire and highways cases as well as at applications and disposal hearings in fast track and multi-track cases.


Called 2006; Middle Temple. Prior to joining chambers Kara spent a year in-house with a large national firm of solicitors. She undertook mainly multi-claimant local government equal pay cases and also gained experience of discrimination and whistle-blowing claims. She also lectured in tort and civil litigation at Northumbria University.

‘Local Government Equal Pay: An Overview of Recent Case Law’, Equal Opportunities Review, March 2010 with Jane McNeill QC.


Industrial Law Society; Employment Lawyers Association; Personal Injury Bar Association.


Durham University (2005 LLB Law, 2(1)); Northumbria University (2007 BVC, VC; LLM, VC).


Good music and comedy, the occasional festival.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Employment

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Kara LoraineOld Square Chambers

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Clinical negligence

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Kara LoraineOld Square Chambers

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

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Kara LoraineOld Square Chambers

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.

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

(Personal injury - Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5

Kara LoraineOld Square Chambers ‘Kara is very clear and focused on arguing her client’s best case; a joy to work with.’      

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.