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Old Square Chambers

Chambers of Mark Sutton QC

10-11 BEDFORD ROW, LONDON, WC1R 4BU, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7269 0300
Fax:
Fax 020 7405 1387
DX:
1046 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.oldsquare.co.uk
Bristol, London

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘impressiveOld Square Chambers is ‘an excellent personal injury set’ and ‘one of the leading employment chambers nationally’. ‘Their expertise in employment law issues is second to none and they have good coverage at all levels, meaning you can always find the right barrister for the case in question,’ said one solicitor. The ‘capable, efficient, and helpful’ clerks’ room provides ‘a service-orientated approach and goes above and beyond in trying to ensure you have the right barrister for the job; you have the utmost confidence in the clerking. The team is led by senior clerk William Meade, who ‘is excellent, approachable, leads by example, and he works hard to ensure the practice runs smoothly’. Deputy senior clerk Graham Smith is ‘accommodating and works hard to find alternative counsel if there is a diary clash’; he and Olivia Moliterno are the ‘standout performers’ in the team. Senior team leader Paul Adams is also of note. Senior clerking assistant Jenny O’Grady, team leader Joe Kallas, and junior team leader Lee Jennings are ‘thoroughly helpful and professional to deal with, and transparency on fees is another strength’. Also of note is marketing manager Phil Desmondez. Offices in: London and Bristol

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Leading Silks

Ben Collins QC - Old Square ChambersTrusted by the GLD with high-profile cases.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Nadia Motraghi - Old Square ChambersInstructed on NHS matters.

Ranked: tier 4

Robert Moretto - Old Square ChambersInstructed by the government on public law matters.

Ranked: tier 4

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Aviation
Leading Juniors

Katherine Howells - Old Square ChambersShe is very diligent, persistent and does not give up.

Ranked: tier 2

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Clinical negligence
Clinical negligence - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Old Square Chambers

The 'impressive' Old Square Chambers is well-established in the clinical negligence field and members are instructed in a wide ranger of cases for both defendants and claimants. Ben Collins QC successfully represented the claimant in Asante v Guy’s & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, a complex claim for inadequate management of sickle cell anaemia.

Leading Silks

Ben Collins QC - Old Square ChambersHe has a very detailed and analytical approach to the evidence.

Ranked: tier 4

David Wilby QC - Old Square ChambersHe is a straightforward advocate with good judgement as to the outcome of cases.

Ranked: tier 5

Mary O'Rourke QC - Old Square ChambersShe is an incredibly clever tactician who impresses courts.

Ranked: tier 5
Leading Juniors

Charles Woodhouse - Old Square ChambersA sublime advocate who commands respect in the court room.

Ranked: tier 3

Victoria Webb - Old Square ChambersShe is a good advocate who has the ear of the court.

Ranked: tier 4

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Education
Leading Juniors

Laith Dilaimi - Old Square ChambersHe has a very assured advocacy style and is utterly unflappable.

Ranked: tier 5

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Employment
Employment - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Old Square Chambers

Old Square Chambers' 'expertise in employment law issues is second to none and it has good coverage at all levels', say instructing solicitors, who also note how members are 'very knowledgeable about the NHS and the health sector'. Mark Sutton QC represented the appellant in the Agarwal v Cardiff University regarding the scope of the Employment Tribunal's jurisdiction in unpaid wages claims. Among John Hendy QC's highlights was the high-profile gig economy case of R (IWGB) v Central Arbitration Committee and RooFoods in which a judicial review was sought on the grounds that denial of the opportunity for Deliveroo couriers, who have been found to not be workers, to bargain collectively is a breach of Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Leading Silks

John Hendy QC - Old Square ChambersHe is a Rolls-Royce amongst the senior echelons of the Bar.

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Sutton QC - Old Square ChambersWith a calm exterior he holds court and will sway the bench towards his submissions.

Ranked: tier 2

Oliver Segal QC - Old Square ChambersExtremely clever silk and formidable opponent, who has emerged as one of the leading silks for trade unions.

Ranked: tier 2

Ben Collins QC - Old Square ChambersHis advocacy is always perfectly paced and structured, easy to follow but forensic in detail.

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Cooper QC - Old Square ChambersHighly intelligent, an excellent cross-examiner and very much on top of the details in a particularly fact-heavy case.

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Ford QC - Old Square ChambersHe has a real love and an academic’s command of the detail of employment law which he combines with focused and determined advocacy.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

Simon Cheetham QC - Old Square ChambersHe has particular expertise in complex whistleblowing claims where his grasp of detail excels.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Melanie Tether - Old Square ChambersHer knowledge of collective complaints such as TUPE, protective awards and redundancies, is excellent.

Ranked: tier 1

Stuart Brittenden - Old Square ChambersRare breed of barrister who is extremely good both legally and also in dealings with clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Katharine Newton - Old Square ChambersA brilliant junior; hardworking, resourceful, great strategic and tactical wisdom.

Ranked: tier 2

Louise Chudleigh - Old Square ChambersShe has a terrific eye for detail, huge levels of application and is a true expert in the field of equal pay.

Ranked: tier 2

Nadia Motraghi - Old Square ChambersAlways one step ahead, and great with clients as well as lovely to deal with and very fast turnaround.

Ranked: tier 2

Deshpal Panesar - Old Square ChambersVery clear thinking and able to get right to the heart of the matter very speedily.

Ranked: tier 3

Eleena Misra - Old Square ChambersWorks tirelessly, quickly grasps the key issues in a case and has a fantastic client manner.

Ranked: tier 3

Ijeoma Omambala - Old Square ChambersHer strengths lie in her ability to engage with claimants and clearly explain legal concepts and tribunal process.

Ranked: tier 3

Rebecca Tuck - Old Square ChambersPersonable, works well with clients and has good insight into anticipating a tribunal panel's questions and direction.

Ranked: tier 3

Spencer Keen - Old Square ChambersA preferred counsel for disability discrimination cases with an ability to advance complex argument in a persuasive form.

Ranked: tier 3

Betsan Criddle - Old Square ChambersShe has a formidable courtroom presence and is particularly strong in both her written and oral advocacy.

Ranked: tier 4

Jack Mitchell - Old Square ChambersExtremely user friendly and possesses an encyclopaedic knowledge of whistleblowing law.

Ranked: tier 4

James Chegwidden - Old Square ChambersHis written arguments are excellent and he has a way of marshalling complicated issues with tremendous force.

Ranked: tier 4

Nicola Newbegin - Old Square ChambersExceptionally bright barrister, who is forensic in reviewing and understanding the matter at hand.

Ranked: tier 4

Sarah Keogh - Old Square ChambersShe is eloquent before the court and has a very good manner with clients and the other side.

Ranked: tier 4

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Environment
Leading Juniors

John Bates - Old Square ChambersA specialist in water and drainage cases, including issues of flooding, fishing and conservation.

Ranked: tier 2

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud
Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Old Square Chambers

The 'impressive' Old Square Chambers is an 'excellent choice' in the personal injury market. The set has a longstanding reputation in successfully acting for claimants but has recently built a significant defendant presence. Members, particularly juniors, are highly-regarded for bringing 'different strengths to the table'. Paul Rose QC has extensive experience of acting for severely injured service personnel, which is also an area of expertise for Ben Collins QC, one of the leading experts on the law of criminal injuries compensation. Charles Woodhouse is noted for his proven track record acting for defendants in chronic pain and mild traumatic brain injury claims.

Personal Injury - Leading Silks

Paul Rose QC - Old Square ChambersAchieves great results for clients in high value maximum severity brain and spinal cord injury claims.

Ranked: tier 2

Ben Collins QC - Old Square ChambersVery good with clients and technically strong.

Ranked: tier 3
Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Katherine Howells - Old Square ChambersFirst-class preparation and leaves no stone unturned.

Ranked: tier 2

Charles Woodhouse - Old Square ChambersBrilliant on his feet and commands respect from the court room.

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Walker - Old Square ChambersGood client care and an excellent grasp of issues in high value cases.

Ranked: tier 3

David Rivers - Old Square ChambersHe identifies strengths and weaknesses immediately and brings courtroom insight.

Ranked: tier 4

Brian Cummins - Old Square ChambersStraightforward and develops a good rapport rather than being confrontational to get the best result for his client.

Ranked: tier 5

Bella Webb - Old Square ChambersAble to explain complex issues in a clear manner. She is a skilled negotiator, taking a robust approach when required.

Ranked: tier 5

Charlie Sparling - Old Square ChambersHe remains level headed when presented with difficult situations to manage.

Ranked: tier 5

Christopher Edwards - Old Square ChambersExcellent depth of knowledge, approachable and prepared to take a chance where others won't.

Ranked: tier 5

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Professional disciplinary and regulatory law
Professional disciplinary and regulatory law - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Old Square Chambers

At Old Square Chambers, Mary O’Rourke QC represented Dr Shekhar Chandra in an appeal brought by the General Medical Council before the Court of Appeal regarding a Medical Practitioners Tribunal's decision to restore Dr Chandra to the medical register after he was struck off for misconduct. The case concerned whether the test for restoring doctors to the register was parallel to the test for restoring solicitors, although the test must still focus on the overriding objective to protect, promote and maintain the public's health and safety. In July 2019, after the matter was remitted to tribunal, the tribunal reaffirmed the decision to restore Dr Chandra to the register.

Leading Silks

Mary O’Rourke QC - Old Square ChambersAn incredibly clever tactician.

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Sutton QC - Old Square ChambersA silk with a very clear and measured advocacy style.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Betsan Criddle - Old Square ChambersWell known for representing medical professionals in disciplinary cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Giles Powell - Old Square ChambersA decisive and steadfast advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Nadia Motraghi - Old Square ChambersVery experienced in representing healthcare professionals before their regulators.

Ranked: tier 3

Eleena Misra - Old Square ChambersExtremely hardworking and empathetic.

Ranked: tier 4

Nicola Newbegin - Old Square ChambersShe has astute technical skills and a meticulous eye for detail.

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘impressiveOld Square Chambers is ‘an excellent personal injury set’ and ‘one of the leading employment chambers nationally’. ‘Their expertise in employment law issues is second to none and they have good coverage at all levels, meaning you can always find the right barrister for the case in question,’ said one solicitor. The ‘capable, efficient, and helpful’ clerks’ room provides ‘a service-orientated approach and goes above and beyond in trying to ensure you have the right barrister for the job; you have the utmost confidence in the clerking. The team is led by senior clerk William Meade, who ‘is excellent, approachable, leads by example, and he works hard to ensure the practice runs smoothly’. Deputy senior clerk Graham Smith is ‘accommodating and works hard to find alternative counsel if there is a diary clash’; he and Olivia Moliterno are the ‘standout performers’ in the team. Senior team leader Paul Adams is also of note. Senior clerking assistant Jenny O’Grady, team leader Joe Kallas, and junior team leader Lee Jennings are ‘thoroughly helpful and professional to deal with, and transparency on fees is another strength’. Also of note is marketing manager Phil Desmondez. Offices in: London and Bristol

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Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)
Leading Juniors

Katherine Howells - Old Square ChambersShe has a sound, practical and client-focused approach and an ability to make very complex ideas understandable.

Ranked: tier 2

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