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Robert Moretto

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 "He is an experienced cross-examiner who regularly appears in the appeal courts and he has a great eye for detail." "He gets to grips with the issues, he is very clear in terms of the merits and prospects of a case and he instils clients with confidence."

Chambers & Partners 2022

"A credit to the profession." "He has an ability to understand the issues quickly and to focus on the key areas of importance in the case. Good at developing a strong working relationship with the client and their witnesses in preparation for the hearing and during the hearing. Lay clients are impressed with Robert’s conduct of the case at the hearing and the successful outcome."

The Legal 500 2022

Overview

Robert is an expert in employment, discrimination, public law and human rights.

He is listed as a leading junior in Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500. Chambers and Partners has described him as “extremely knowledgeable and approachable” and “a robust advocate and an experienced cross-examiner with a great eye for detail”. The Legal 500 says that he “conducts himself in accordance with the finest traditions of the Bar”.

He has recently been involved in numerous high-profile and ground-breaking cases, in particular in cases of discrimination under both the Equality Act 2010 and the European Convention on Human Rights. Recent cases include:

  • A & B v CICA, Supreme Court [2021] UKSC 27 – whether the provisions of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme breach the Article 4 rights of victims of trafficking or discriminates against them under Article 14 of the Convention.
  • NUPFC v Certification Officer and Others, Court of Appeal [2021] IRLR 588 – whether the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act 1992 breaches foster carers’ Article 11 rights to freedom of association and Article 14 discrimination rights.
  • McNeil & others v HMRC, Court of Appeal [2020] 2 All ER 33 – multi-party equal pay claim on the correct approach to establishing particular disadvantage under the Equality Act 2010.
  • Gourlay v Parole Board, Supreme Court, [2020] 1 WLR 5344 – whether the Parole Board is a Court for the purposes of costs in judicial review proceedings.
  • Gilham v Ministry of Justice, Supreme Court, [2019] 1 WLR 5905 – whether judges are workers and whether the exclusion of judges from the whistleblowing provisions of the Employment Rights Act 1996 breaches judges’ Article 10 human right to freedom of expression and Article 14 discrimination rights.

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 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.” “He has an ability to understand the issues quickly and to focus on the key areas of importance in the case. Good at developing a strong working relationship with the client and their witnesses in preparation for the hearing and during the hearing. Lay clients are impressed with Robert’s conduct of the case at the hearing and the successful outcome.”

The Legal 500 2022

 “He is an experienced cross-examiner who regularly appears in the appeal courts and he has a great eye for detail.” “He gets to grips with the issues, he is very clear in terms of the merits and prospects of a case and he instils clients with confidence.”

Chambers & Partners 2022

“He’s extremely knowledgeable and approachable and his advocacy skills are first-rate.” “He works very hard, has an incredible grasp of the detail and is very bright.”

Chambers & Partners 2021

“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

Administrative & Public Law


Recent and current work

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