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Anya Palmer named in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2023


Old Square Chambers is delighted to announce that Anya Palmer has been named in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2023.

The last few years have been particularly busy for Anya, who acted for Maya Forstater in her landmark belief discrimination case against think tank CGD Europe, together with Ben Cooper KC. Forstater won her appeal in 2021, when the EAT held that her belief that sex is real and it matters is a protected philosophical belief for the purpose of the Equality Act 2010. paving the way for others when it was ruled that she had been discriminated against for her protected philosophical beliefs. In 2022, the full merits hearing of the case took place in March, and Forstater won in July.

Anya also acted for NHS whistleblower Sonia Appleby in her successful claim against the Tavistock in 2021.

Last year, Anya also undertook much advisory work, such as helping employers review their policies so they don’t discriminate on gender reassignment or on philosophical belief.

Members of The Lawyer Hot 100 have just two things in common. The first is excellence. Every year, our Hot 100 covers an incredibly diverse mix of legal professionals: scrappers from the rough and tumble of criminal law; sophisticated corporate dealmakers; intellectuals and silver-tongued advocates from barristers’ profession; the in-house counsel with the ear of their CEOs; associates rising to greatness; and even the occasional professional with no legal qualifications at all who is nevertheless showing the industry how to better itself. But whatever world they come from, they are all doing amazing work.

The second is relevance. In The Hot 100, talented young guns rub shoulders with eminent lawyers who have years of success behind them. What links those seasoned veterans with those at the start of their careers is that they are all of the present moment. The work they are doing is important NOW.

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Anya Palmer

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