"Old Square are my preferred set of chambers and have been throughout my career. They will always try to accommodate needs and the set are very down to earth and approachable. We have developed very good working relationships with the team over the years."
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Carl joined chambers in October 2023 upon successful completion of his pupillage. Carl accepts instructions across all of chambers’ core areas of practice and regularly appears in the County Court and Employment Tribunal.
During his pupillage, Carl was supervised by James Chegwidden, Tom Kirk, Nicola Newbegin, and Jack Mitchell. Carl gained a broad exposure to employment law working on cases involving unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, and all aspects of discrimination. Carl also gained insight into some of chambers’ more specialised areas of practice, including various aspects of military law (such as the Reserve Forces Appeal Tribunal) and professional discipline.
Prior to pupillage Carl worked for two and a half years as a Litigation Executive, specialising in clinical negligence and inquests, at a large regional firm in Norwich. Carl was the sole fee earner on a substantial number of clinical negligence claims which involved, amongst other things, missed diagnosis, negligent surgery, and lack of informed consent.
Carl also gained significant experience in representing bereaved families at inquests, particularly in multi-week article 2 jury inquests which related to mental health. Many of these inquests attracted significant media attention with some receiving prominent coverage in the national press and television, with Carl having been quoted in the Independent newspaper. In this role Carl also gained practical advocacy experience whilst representing families at pre-inquest reviews and providing written submissions to Coroners. Carl remains committed to developing this area of practice and welcomes instructions to represent interested persons throughout inquest proceedings.
BTC, Distinction (BPP Law School, 2022)
GDL, Distinction (University of East Anglia, 2019)
MEng Mechanical Engineering, First Class Honours (Swansea University, 2018)
Awards & Prizes
Certificate of Honour for BTC results (Middle Temple, 2022)
Diplock Scholarship for the BTC (Middle Temple, 2019)
Winner of the University of East Anglia’s Mooting Competition (the final was held before Lady Arden at the Supreme Court) (2019)
Diplock Scholarship for the GDL (Middle Temple, 2018)
The Postgraduate Difference Scholarship (University of East Anglia, 2018)
Runner-up at the John Smith Memorial Mace debating competition (2017)
Winner of the Welsh Mace debating competition (2016)
Publications / Articles
‘The Application of Article 2 ECHR at Inquests’, AvMA Lawyers Service Newsletter (November 2021) (Co-authored with Jonathan Metzer of 1 Crown Office Row)
‘Diplomatic immunity and the significant connection test: Tribunal has territorial jurisdiction to hear claims of former British Council employee in Dubai’, Old Square Chambers website (January 2023).
‘Maguire: Supreme Court Dismiss Article 2 Appeal’, Old Square Chambers website (June 2023).
William Meade (Senior Clerk)