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Ben Cooper QC

Silk: 2017 | Call: 2000

"He is absolutely brilliant; an exceptional employment silk, a very persuasive advocate and very user-friendly." "He's thorough, detailed and really good at making complex points understandable."

Chambers & Partners 2021

"Very bright, and brilliant for detail-heavy matters."

The Legal 500 2021

Overview

Ben Cooper QC is listed as a leading Silk in Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500The Legal 500 describes Ben as “highly intelligent, an excellent cross-examiner and very much on top of the details”, while Chambers & Partners notes that Ben “combines a fearsome intellect with a down-to-earth, client-focused approach” and has “hugely impressive clarity of thought and ability to advise on the strategic aspects of a case”. Ben is described as an “impressive advocate renowned for his expertise in injunctive relief issues and TUPE cases” with “an increasingly prominent reputation for his work on discrimination matters”.

Ben’s principal areas of practice are employment, discrimination and industrial relations. Ben acts for employers, employees and trade unions in all areas of employment, discrimination and industrial relations law. He regularly appears in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Employment Appeal Tribunal, employment tribunals and CAC.

Ben’s clients include NHS bodies and private healthcare organisations, major trade unions, education institutions, major airlines, financial and other commercial organisations, central and local government, and claimants with complex or high-value claims.

Ben’s other areas of practice include professional discipline, pensions, public law and human rights.

Within his principal and other areas of practice, Ben has particular expertise in:

  • Equal pay – Ben is instructed on behalf of ASDA in the largest private sector equal pay claim of its kind, and acted for Claimants in multiple claims against HMRC, the Met Office and the MOD. He has appeared in a number of the leading appellate equal pay cases over the last 15 years.
  • Discrimination – Ben has appeared in a number of significant appeals in discrimination claims and is frequently instructed in long or complex discrimination claims, especially those involving multiple discrimination strands.
  • Injunction proceedings – Ben has extensive experience acting for both claimants and defendants in claims for interim and final injunctive relief to enforce rights arising from contracts of employment, including claims (especially by doctors) relating to compliance with disciplinary procedures, and restrictive covenant/breach of confidence claims.
  • Strike injunctions and industrial relations– Ben has appeared in leading and high-profile cases in the High Court and Court of Appeal regarding strike injunctions, collective bargaining and related disputes. He also appears in recognition disputes before the CAC.
  • TUPE– Ben appeared in the leading case on service provision change (Metropolitan Resources Ltd v Churchill Dulwich & others) and regularly acts in multiple claims concerning disputed transfers.
  • Human rights and public law – Ben acted for Claimants in the group blacklisting litigation concerning the construction industry blacklist. He has appeared for claimants in successful claims under the HRA and for judicial review against public sector employers for breach of workers’ human rights in the employment context.

Ben is a member of ELBA, ELA and ILS.

Professional Recommendations

 

“He is absolutely brilliant; an exceptional employment silk, a very persuasive advocate and very user-friendly.” “He’s thorough, detailed and really good at making complex points understandable.”

Chambers & Partners 2021

“Very bright, and brilliant for detail-heavy matters.”

The Legal 500 2021

“Hugely impressive clarity of thought and ability to advise on the strategic aspects of a case.” “Combines a fearsome intellect with a down-to-earth, client-focused approach.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

“Highly intelligent, an excellent cross-examiner and very much on top of the details in a particularly fact-heavy case.”

The Legal 500 2020

“Very clear-thinking.” “Immaculately prepared.”

Chambers & Partners 2019

“A complete star who goes beyond the call of duty for every client.”

The Legal 500 2018

Expertise

Employment & Discrimination

Professional Regulatory & Discipline

Administrative & Public Law

Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Environment

Health & Safety


Recent and current work

Relevant Work

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William Meade

Senior Clerk
William Meade 020 7269 0360 wmeade@oldsquare.co.uk

Jenny O’Grady (currently on maternity leave)

Senior Clerking Assistant
Jenny O’Grady (currently on maternity leave) 020 7269 0304 ogrady@oldsquare.co.uk

Olivia Moliterno

Team Leader & Assistant to Senior Clerk
Olivia Moliterno 020 7269 0477 moliterno@oldsquare.co.uk
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