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Stuart Brittenden

Call: 1999

"The best junior at the employment bar, without exception. He is intelligent, pragmatic and you could not find a more responsive barrister, who is ready to roll his sleeves up and become an integral extension to your own team."

The Legal 500 2021

"He combines his high intellect and sharp mind with a warm and approachable manner." "He's very approachable, great with clients, very bright and clever - the go-to barrister for complex matters."

Chambers & Partners 2021

Overview

Stuart is an employment law specialist with extensive experience in the full spectrum of individual and collective employment law, appearing at first instance and at appellate levels. He is ranked as a Band 1 leading Employment Junior by both Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500, and his expertise in this field is also acknowledged by Who’s Who Legal.

He was shortlisted by Chambers & Partners as Employment Junior of the Year (2017),  has been named UK Employment Junior of the Year by The Legal 500 (2018), and was shortlisted again by both The Legal 500 as well as Chambers & Partners in 2020. Stuart has been commended by the former for being “… able to analyse complex matters in an extremely practical and commercial way” and is someone who “thinks ten paces ahead and is very good on his feet.” Who’s Who Legal highlights “his strong expertise in the Equality Act 2010 and equal pay matters”.

His practice areas include Employment & Discrimination, Industrial Relations, Professional Discipline, and Judicial Review.

Prior to joining Old Square Chambers, Stuart attained a Masters in Labour Law (Distinction) at the London School of Economics (LSE), and worked as an Employment Law Advisor to the British Dental Association (BDA). He has lectured in Labour Law at the LSE and has published in the employment field.

Stuart is instructed from a variety of sources, including but not limited to the banking/financial, health, higher education sector, hospitality, legal, and, local authorities, as well as undertaking work of strategic importance for and on behalf of a number of trade unions.

Positions of Responsibility:

  • Vice Chair of Old Square Chambers Employment Law Special Interest Group
  • Employment Lawyers Association (ELA): Director and Management Committee Member (2012-14)
  • Bar Standards Board Qualifications Committee (2005- 2012), latterly Chairman of Transferring Qualified Foreign Lawyers Panel
  • International Paralympic Committee (IPC) ad hoc disciplinary panel member, Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRV)

Professional Memberships:

  • Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA)
  • Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)
  • Institute of Employment Rights (IER)
  • Industrial Law Society (ILS)

Professional Recommendations

 

“He combines his high intellect and sharp mind with a warm and approachable manner.” “He’s very approachable, great with clients, very bright and clever – the go-to barrister for complex matters.”

Chambers & Partners 2021

“The best junior at the employment bar, without exception. He is intelligent, pragmatic and you could not find a more responsive barrister, who is ready to roll his sleeves up and become an integral extension to your own team.”

The Legal 500 2021

“Rare breed of barrister who is extremely good both legally and also in dealings with clients.”

The Legal 500 2020

“Incredibly clever, hard-working, inventive and very, very good with clients.” “Stuart is like an encyclopaedia of case knowledge, who always provides great advice and guidance whenever needed.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

“He is able to analyse complex matters in an extremely practical and commercial way” “thinks ten paces ahead and is very good on his feet.” “Excellent advocate with an eye for detail and commercially astute.” “an academically terrific opponent.”

Chambers & Partners 2017

“WWL acknowledges “his strong expertise in the equality act 2010 and equal pay matters.”

Who's Who Legal 2018

Expertise

Employment & Discrimination

Industrial Relations

Judicial Review

Professional Regulatory & Discipline

HR Professional Support


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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