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Laith Dilaimi

Call: 2011

"Laith is a fountain of knowledge on education law and in particular on matters related to discrimination in that sector. A great advocate and certainly a barrister you want for you, not against."

The Legal 500 2021

"He is seriously bright and a very reassuring presence in complex and difficult matters; his cross-examination is flawless and his written work is smart and concise." "He's very smart; he prepares very thoroughly, absorbing great detail in little time."

Chambers and Partners 2021

Overview

Laith specialises in employment and discrimination, education law, professional discipline, and public law.

The legal directories describe Laith as:

  • “an incredibly impressive advocate”(Chambers & Partners)
  • “an excellent barrister with very strong advocacy skills”(Chambers & Partners)
  • “his interpersonal and client-handling skills are first-class”(Chambers & Partners)
  • “utterly unflappable”(The Legal 500)
  • “very friendly [and] approachable” (Chambers & Partners)
  • “he has a very assured advocacy style” (The Legal 500)
  • “a true professional and a credit to the Bar”(Chambers & Partners).

In his employment law practice, Laith covers the entire spectrum of employment disputes, acting for employers and employees. Laith regularly acts in multi-week hearings in the employment tribunals. In the High Court, Laith often deals with applications for injunctive relief. He has particular expertise in cases involving the healthcare sector and the education sector, as well as the public sector more generally. In the healthcare sector, he has considerable experience representing NHS trusts. In the education sector, he has experience representing schools, universities, teachers, school leaders and academics.

In his discrimination law practice, Laith appears for claimants and respondents/defendants in all forums: he has experience of cases involving discrimination in employment, discrimination in education (both schools and universities), discrimination by service providers and associations, and housing discrimination. Laith conducts cases in the County Court, the Employment Tribunals and the First-Tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability), as well as the appellate courts and tribunals. He is on the C Panel of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Panel of Counsel.

In his education law practice, Laith accepts instructions across all areas of education law. He represents all types of clients, including local authorities, schools, parents, and university students. He regularly acts in SEN appeals in the First-Tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability), often dealing with Section B, Section F and Section I appeals. He also appears in disability discrimination cases in the First-Tier Tribunal, representing both parents and schools, and appears in discrimination cases in the County Court involving higher education institutions. Laith conducts appeals in the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) and advises on judicial review proceedings in the High Court. Laith sits as an IAP/IRP chair for school admission appeals and school exclusion reviews, so he is able to bring this experience to his work in the area of school admissions and school exclusions.

In his professional discipline and regulatory law practice, Laith represents professionals in disciplinary proceedings before their regulators. In particular, Laith represents healthcare professionals in front of their regulators and represents teachers (including school leaders) in front of the Teaching Regulation Agency. He has experience of misconduct cases, lack of competence/deficient professional performance cases, conviction cases and health cases. Laith accepts instructions for multi-day and multi-week proceedings.

In his public law practice, Laith has a focus on judicial reviews in the fields of education and community care. He has particular experience in cases relating to local authorities’ duties under the Children and Families Act 2014 and Care Act 2014 and associated regulations. He accepts instructions from claimants and defendants.

Laith is also a trained and accredited mediator and enjoys conducting mediations.

Before joining Chambers, Laith read Classics at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he took a Double First, won the Fotheringham Prize for Ancient History and was made a Demy (‘half fellow’) of Magdalen College. Laith completed the Graduate Diploma in Law at City Law School, gaining a Distinction. He was graded Outstanding for his Bar Professional Training Course at BPP. He was awarded three scholarships by Gray’s Inn.

Appointments & Other

  • Leading junior, Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Panel of Counsel
  • Lay chair of investigatory panels and disciplinary panels, Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM)
  • Panel chair, Independent Appeal Panels for London borough councils
  • Panel chair, Independent Review Panels for London borough councils
  • Reviewer Member, Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit)
  • Mediator, accredited by ADR Group
  • Direct access registered

Professional Memberships

  • Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
  • Discrimination Law Association (DLA)
  • Employment Law Association (ELA)
  • Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA)
  • Education Law Association (ELAS)
  • Industrial Law Society (ILS)

Professional Recommendations

 

“He is seriously bright and a very reassuring presence in complex and difficult matters; his cross-examination is flawless and his written work is smart and concise.” “He’s very smart; he prepares very thoroughly, absorbing great detail in little time.” “He is excellent in cross-examinations, but able to handle matters sensitively when needed.” “He is a technical barrister who leaves no stone unturned and has excellent client care skills.”

Chambers & Partners 2021

“Laith is a fountain of knowledge on education law and in particular on matters related to discrimination in that sector. A great advocate and certainly a barrister you want for you, not against.” “Very diligent and knowledgeable, leaving no stone unturned on a case. He has an unassuming style but always makes the right points in the right way, bringing about excellent results.”

The Legal 500 2021

“An incredibly impressive advocate – he has the ability to ask questions of witnesses in an incredibly sensitive and well-mannered way. His interpersonal and client-handling skills are first-class.” “An excellent barrister with very strong advocacy skills. He is very friendly, approachable and passionate about education law. He is a true professional and a credit to the Bar.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

“He has a very assured advocacy style and is utterly unflappable.”

The Legal 500 2020

Expertise

Employment & Discrimination

Education

Professional Regulatory & Discipline

Administrative & Public Law

Commercial Law

HR Professional Support

Mediation


Recent and current work

Notable cases

Key contacts

Graham Smith

Deputy Senior Clerk
Graham Smith 020 7269 0357 gsmith@oldsquare.co.uk
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