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Simon Gorton KC

Silk: 2011 | Call: 1988

Simon Gorton is "outstanding at building a case and excellent at cross-examination."

Chambers & Partners

"The impressive Simon Gorton QC is another vastly experienced employment specialist at the set and a real force to be reckoned with." His "tactical approach to proceedings" and "formidable" advocacy style give him an edge. one commentator noted: "His polite cross-examination technique is deadly."

Chambers & Partners


Simon Gorton KC has many reported cases in the IRLR from 1996 to 2019, from the House of Lords to the Supreme Court. Simon is a seasoned, erudite and persuasive silk, used in complex employment claims from professional services, banking including most recently a LIBOR related action for a former trader who faced a £1 billion counterclaim, Universities and NHS Trusts.  His work spans from hard fought cases before tribunals, with substantial experience across the entire appellate landscape, complimented with a proven track record in the civil courts where he regularly appears in employment related commercial disputes.

Appeal work

Simon is also regularly sought by juniors to lead in Appellate cases, being regularly praised for his ability to work integrally as part of the legal team. With over 30 appellate cases in IRLR spanning three decades including cases before the House of Lords and the Supreme Court, Simon’s ability to pick through complex judgments and enhance arguments on key legal issues, ensures he is a well-regarded and popular silk with juniors, clients and a highly respected advocate before the judiciary

Simon is Direct Access qualified and is happy to undertake cases on a CFA.

Recent cases include

Regina (Taggart) v Royal College of Surgeons of England [2022] ICR 235
Burn v Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust [2022] ICR 492
Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v Poullis [2022] ICR 785
Kamath v Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2021] EWHC 2811 (QB)
Jesudason v Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust (CA) [2020] IRLR 374
Royal Mail Group Ltd v Jhuti [2019] UKSC 55
Efobi v. Royal Mail Group (CA) [2019] IRLR 352
Kocur v. Angard Staffing Solutions Ltd and ors [2019] IRLR 933, [2020] ICR 170
Sheikoleslami v. University of Edinburgh [2018] IRLR 1090


Employment & Discrimination

Medical and Regulatory


General Employment Law

Personal Injury

Common Law / General Civil Litigation

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Olivia Moliterno

Team Leader
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Manisha Agheda

Junior Team Leader Assistant
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