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Betsan Criddle QC

Silk: 2022 | Call: 2002

"A fiercely intelligent barrister who is delightful to work with."

Chambers & Partners 2022

"A formidable advocate, whose advice is robust, practical, approachable, accessible, and extremely client friendly." "Betsan is phenomenally clever. She is great at coming up with new legal points and really knows her stuff."

The Legal 500 2022


Betsan Criddle QC, who took silk in March 2022,  is a specialist in employment and regulatory law.  Her expertise is recognised by her ranking as a leading junior by Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.  She is described as having a “formidable court room presence”, as well as being “tenacious, sharp and very user-friendly” and as being “immeasurably intelligent”. Experienced at the full range of employment and regulatory disputes, she has appeared in some of the cutting edge cases of recent years. Her clients include banks, niche recruitment consultancies, leading public schools, household name transport businesses, NHS Trusts, trades unions, senior employees and the leading medico-legal defence organisations.

Betsan is particularly well regarded for the breadth and depth of her experience in medico-legal work.  She is an acknowledged market leader in High Court contractual disputes over doctors’ disciplinary procedures and she is regularly called upon to advise in the handling of complex disciplinary proceedings, particularly where there is a regulatory cross-over. Betsan also acts for medical professionals in regulatory proceedings before the MPTS, the GDC and the HCPC as well as in performers’ list cases.

Betsan also has a thriving practice in primarily employment based commercial work, where she advises and represents clients in a wide range of disputes, including restrictive covenant cases, issues relating to termination of Board level employment and high value redundancy and negligent reference claims.

Betsan’s leading discrimination work also encompasses goods and services claims, in which she has a particular interest and expertise in reasonable adjustments.  She also has a thriving practice in public law.

Betsan speaks Welsh fluently and regularly advises on and conducts litigation through the medium of Welsh.

Betsan is able to accept instructions under the Bar’s Public Access Scheme in suitable cases.

Memberships and publications

  • Member of the Employment Law Bar Association
  • Member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association: former member of Training Committee and Management Committee
  • Member of the Industrial Law Society
  • Member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Co-author of annual Labour Law Highlights (Institute of Employment Rights)
  • Contributor to Employment Precedent and Company Policy Documents (Sweet and Maxwell)

Professional Recommendations


“A formidable advocate, whose advice is robust, practical, approachable, accessible, and extremely client friendly.” “Betsan is phenomenally clever. She is great at coming up with new legal points and really knows her stuff.”

The Legal 500 2022

“Betsan is a true expert in her field and she is an investigations mastermind. She is responsive, she engages with clients and she is brilliant on her feet, and hugely in demand at all times because of it.” “She is tough but she has a great bedside manner, she gets to the truth and she has real empathy.” “She is so tenacious, she really gets to grips with complex issues and she makes it very simple for the tribunal to get to grips with.” “A fiercely intelligent barrister who is delightful to work with.”

Chambers & Partners 2022

“She’s supportive, on top of the detail, technically excellent and great to work with.” “She’s a persuasive and tremendous advocate.” “She’s an excellent lawyer and is impressive on her feet.”

Chambers & Partners 2021

“Betsan has a dazzling intellect, coupled with a smooth, calm and persuasive delivery which bowls over opponents and impresses Tribunals. She has established herself as a leading senior junior and his hugely popular with solicitors and defence organisations.” “Incredibly knowledgeable about discrimination. She is a strong and passionate advocate, who is excellent with vulnerable clients and fights hard for her clients, whichever side she is on.”

The Legal 500 2021

“Tenacious, sharp and very user-friendly. She has a steely determination and is great to have in your corner during hard-fought litigation.” “She has forensic attention to detail, and her advice is always very clear and focused on practical solutions.” “Superbly responsive and very clear in her communication, style and approach. She takes no prisoners and is realistic in her advice.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

“She has a formidable courtroom presence and is particularly strong in both her written and oral advocacy.”  “Well known for representing medical professionals in disciplinary cases.”

The Legal 500 2020

“Immeasurably intelligent, with a razor-sharp eye for detail.”

Chambers & Partners 2018

“She’s very robust, incredibly hard-working and performs at a much higher level than her year of call would suggest. She’s a real star for the future.” Betsan Criddle is praised by sources for her “responsive, decisive and directional” approach. “She’s very knowledgeable and difficult to be up against.”

Chambers & Partners


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