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Ijeoma Omambala QC

Silk: 2020 | Call: 1989

"She is extremely experienced and knowledgeable in employment work." "A powerful advocate."

Chambers & Partners 2021

"Clients really appreciate her ability to explain complex issues clearly."

The Legal 500 2021

"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."

The Legal 500 2021


Ijeoma Omambala QC is a highly experienced barrister who inspires enormous loyalty and confidence in her client base.

As well as providing excellent advocacy services Ijeoma provides high-quality legal and strategic advice in connection with all aspects of the management and litigation of complex cases.

Ijeoma specialises in employment law.

She has particular expertise in difficult and/or factually complex, high-profile and high-value discrimination and whistle-blowing claims and of public and private sector equal pay claims, including multi-claimant equal pay litigation.

Ijeoma’s employment law practice includes experience of complex TUPE matters, High Court cases involving restrictive covenants, bonuses and executive severance.

Ijeoma also has expertise in data protection, business immigration and professional regulatory matters.

In addition, Ijeoma has continued to develop her practice as a mediator conducting a number of multi-day mediations primarily in the finance, health and local government sectors.

Ijeoma is an accredited Advocacy trainer for Gray’s Inn and was elected a bencher of Gray’s Inn in January 2014.

Ijeoma is a Visiting Lecturer in Public Procurement Law at the University of Nottingham.

Relevant cases include:

• A consultant bringing injunctive proceedings in the High Court to challenge an allegedly unlawful suspension;
•  A doctor seeking to challenge by way of judicial review an FHSAA decision to permit an LHB to proceed with an allegation of falsification of patient records in circumstances where GMC was already considering the issue and an  FTP panel had been convened;
• Acting for an NHS Trust in tribunal proceedings brought by a doctor who had been subject to an interim order and later sought to challenge the requirement on him to re-train on remedial grounds by alleging unlawful race discrimination and harassment  in respect of the method by which his employer proposed to deliver that re-training;
• Advising a Post-Graduate Deanery in respect of the removal of a disabled trainee GP’s national training number and placement on a GP Training Scheme;
• Appearing for the health professional in an appeal brought by the CHRE in relation to a failure to find impairment of fitness to practice by the NMC : CHRE v NMC & Grant [2011] EWHC 927 (Admin);
• Challenge to the withdrawal of a CT1 placement  by a disabled doctor and consideration of the scope of section 120(7) of the Equality Act 2010.

Justice, ELBA, ILS, DLA

Professional Recommendations


“She is extremely experienced and knowledgeable in employment work.” “A powerful advocate.”

Chambers & Partners 2021

“Clients really appreciate her ability to explain complex issues clearly.”

The Legal 500 2021

“An excellent, very persuasive advocate who inspires total confidence and is very user-friendly.” “Extremely intelligent and capable while being personable and approachable.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

“Her strengths lie in her ability to engage with claimants and clearly explain legal concepts and tribunal process.”

The Legal 500 2020

“Inspires total confidence and is very user-friendly… she’s an excellent advocate and very persuasive.”

Chambers & Partners 2018

“Technically brilliant and able to handle tricky situations.”

The Legal 500 2017

“She has a nice combination of charm and aggression.”

Chambers & Partners 2016


Employment & Discrimination

Public Procurement

Health Care Law

Professional Regulatory & Discipline

Data Protection

HR Professional Support

Recent and current work

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Deputy Senior Clerk
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Lee Jennings

Junior Team Leader
Lee Jennings Telephone Clerk0207 269 0303 Email Clerk
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