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Richard O’Keeffe


Call: 2020

"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." "Good availability of counsel, and always with a range of experience and brief fees so that the client has lots of options. They also deliver regular training sessions with topical content, engaging speakers and useful insights.

The Legal 500 2021


Before coming to the Bar, Richard worked as a caseworker at Southwark Law Centre representing clients in the ET and EAT. He represented the successful claimant in Otshudi v Base Childrenswear Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 1648, and in the employment status test case Nowak v Chandler Bars Group Ltd 3200538/2019 (with counsel Sarah Keogh).

Richard also spent some years working at United Voices of the World as head of legal services and as a caseworker at the Cleaners and Allied Independent Workers Union. He represented union members in individual and group litigation in the ET, and in relation to injunction proceedings in Avsar v Wilson James Ltd [2020] EWHC 3412, and in the Central Arbitration Committee in United Voices of the World v OCS Group UK Ltd TUR1/1116(2019).

He also worked at Leigh Day and Hempsons in their respective personal injury and clinical negligence departments.


  • BPTC, Very Competent (BPP, London, 2020)
  • BA Law, 2.1 (St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge, 2016)
  • BA History, First Class (Birkbeck College, University of London, 2014)

Awards & Prizes

  • Lord Denning Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn, 2019)
  • Hardwicke Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn, 2019)
  • Winner of the University of Leicester Medical Law Mooting Competition (2014)

Publications / Articles

“Lies, damned lies and discrimination: Base Childrenswear Ltd v Otshudi”, ELA Briefing (November 2019)

“Psychiatric injury in the NHS: prevention is better than financial remedy”, Hempsons Healthcare Newsbrief (Summer 2017)

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Recent and current work

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07970 649 755


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07795 023 532