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Robert Moretto

Call: 2000

"A robust advocate and an experienced cross-examiner with a great eye for detail."

Chambers & Partners 2020

"I have immense respect for Robert, he is a credit to the profession. Conducts himself in accordance with the finest traditions of the Bar."

The Legal 500 2021

Overview

Robert is an expert in employment, public law and human rights law. He has recently been involved in numerous high-profile and ground-breaking cases in both employment and public law, including:

  • Gilham v Ministry of Justice, Supreme Court, October 2019 (representing the MOJ/Lord Chancellor) – whether judges are workers within the Employment Rights Act; and whether that Act breaches judges’ Article 10 human right to freedom of expression and Article 14 discrimination rights.
  • A & B v Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, Supreme Court, 2020 (pending)  (representing CICA) – whether the provisions of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme breach the Art 4 rights (slavery and forced labour) and Article 14 rights of victims of trafficking.
  • Gourlay v Parole Board, Supreme Court, 2020 (pending) (representing Parole Board)– whether the principle that costs should generally not be awarded against Courts or Tribunals in judicial review proceedings should continue and applies to the Parole Board.
  • McNeil & others v HMRC, July 2019, Court of Appeal (representing HMRC) – multi-party equal pay claim in the Court of Appeal on the correct approach to establishing particular disadvantage.
  • NUPFC v Certification Officer and Others, July 2019, EAT (representing the Secretary of State for Education) – whether foster carers are workers; and whether the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act 1992 breaches their Article 11 rights to freedom of association and Article 14 rights.
  • Mackereth v DWP, October 2019, Employment Tribunal (representing DWP)– high-profile religious discrimination relating to treatment by a doctor of transgender customers.
  • JT v Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, July 2018, Court of Appeal (representing CICA) – whether the same roof rule provisions of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme breached the Article 1, Protocol 1 rights (possessions) and Article 14 rights of victims of childhood sexual abuse.
  • DSD & NVB, Mayor of London & News Group Newspapers v Parole Board, Secretary of State for Justice, & John Worboys, March 2018 (representing the Parole Board) – judicial review of Parole Board’s decision to release taxi cab rapist John Worboys.

Robert has been on the Attorney General’s A Panel of Counsel since 2015 and represents and advises an extensive range of government departments and agencies. He also appears regularly on behalf of trade unions and trade union-funded clients, as well as NHS Trusts.

Appointments:

  • Appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown (A Panel). September 2015 –
  • Appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown (B Panel). March 2010 – August 2015
  • Appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown (C Panel). February 2006 – March 2010

Memberships:

  • Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Industrial Law Society
  • ELAAS Scheme

Professional Recommendations

 

“A credit to the profession.” “I have immense respect for Robert, he is a credit to the profession. Conducts himself in accordance with the finest traditions of the Bar.”

The Legal 500 2021

“Instructed by the government on public law matters”

The Legal 500 2020

“A robust advocate and an experienced cross-examiner with a great eye for detail.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

“Incredibly hard-working and always responsive.”

Chambers & Partners 2019

“He provides a voice of clarity on the grey areas of equal pay.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

“Equal pay litigation is another central plank in the set’s offering.” “They bring a certain enthusiasm towards cases,” say sources, “and they understand how to manage both clients and witnesses.”

Chambers & Partners 2015

Expertise

Employment & Discrimination

Professional Regulatory & Discipline

Administrative & Public Law


Recent and current work

Relevant Work

Key contacts

William Meade

Senior Clerk
William Meade 020 7269 0360 wmeade@oldsquare.co.uk

Jenny O’Grady (currently on maternity leave)

Senior Clerking Assistant
Jenny O’Grady (currently on maternity leave) 020 7269 0304 ogrady@oldsquare.co.uk

Olivia Moliterno

Team Leader & Assistant to Senior Clerk
Olivia Moliterno 020 7269 0477 moliterno@oldsquare.co.uk
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