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"go-to set for employment matters", with "excellent counsel at all levels"

Legal 500

Employment & Discrimination

Old Square Chambers expertise in employment law issues is second to none and it has good coverage at all levels” (The Legal 500 2020)

“Demonstrates exceptional expertise across a broad range of employment disputes” (Chambers & Partners 2020)

Ranked as a Band 1 set in Chambers & Partners and a Tier 1 set in The Legal 500, Old Square Chambers is one of the leading employment law chambers, offering specialist counsel in all areas of employment law.

Members of Old Square represent employers and employees requiring counsel with a reputation for success in the full spectrum of employment issues. Our clients can rely upon the strength and depth of our collective experience, comprising of expert advisors, mediators, arbitrators, judges, Employment Tribunal judges, authors (including Harvey on Industrial Relations and Employment Law), academics, professors, and as  standing counsel to the public and private sector organisations as well as trade unions. Our reputation for excellence has been recognised by the leading directories, with Old Square Chambers’ employment team being shortlisted as “Employment Set of the Year” by both Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 in 2020. Old Square Chambers also has individuals shortlisted for both the “Employment Junior of the Year” and “Employment Silk of the Year” categories.

Our barristers have appeared in some of the most significant and defining employment cases of the last 25 years, regularly appearing  in the High Court, , Employment Tribunals, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, as well as the Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court. Members have also appeared before the Court of Justice of the European Union, as well as before the European Court of Human Rights.  We also appear in Employment Tribunals and the EAT in Scotland and Northern Ireland.  Three of our members were instructed by the EHRC to intervene in support of the challenge to ET fees, achieving success in the Supreme Court in what is arguably the most important employment law judgment of recent decades. We are regularly in the Supreme Court and recent cases include the ASDA equal pay litigation, Gilham v MOJ, Jhuti v Royal Mail and representing the Uber drivers in their worker status case. We have also been involved in all of the leading cases arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our Respondent clients include public sector organisations ranging from local authorities to central government, schools to universities and NHS Trusts, private sector firms and partnerships from SMEs to some of the largest multi-national corporations, and the third sector, from small charities to some of the largest NGOs.

Our Claimant clients range from individual workers, employees, partners and directors in every type of employment and profession through to group actions involving thousands of Claimants.

 

Our expertise includes:

  • Breach of contract
  • Collective consultation and redundancies
  • Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993
  • Data Protection
  • Directors’ disputes and fiduciary duties
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Equal pay
  • Industrial relations and trade union affairs
  • Injunctive relief, post-termination restraints of trade, and confidential information
  • International labour law
  • Investigations
  • Pensions
  • TUPE
  • Unfair and wrongful dismissal
  • Wages claim
  • Whistleblowing
  • Working time

Key contacts

William Meade

Senior Clerk
William Meade 020 7269 0360 Email

Graham Smith

Deputy Senior Clerk
Graham Smith 020 7269 0357 Email
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William Meade (Senior Clerk)

07970 649 755

or

Graham Smith (Deputy Senior Clerk)

07795 023 532