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Tom Kirk

Call: 2007

"A gifted and rounded, intelligent advocate - he invariably impresses for the quality of his written and oral advocacy, and he has a great courtroom presence."

The Legal 500 2021

“an academically terrific opponent, whose advocacy is both measured and incisive”

The Legal 500 2020

Overview

Tom’s practice is divided between Chambers’ employment & discrimination, hr professional support, inquests and commercial teams. He is predominantly an employment law specialist with particular expertise in disability discrimination, frequently instructed by both Claimants and Respondents in difficult long-term sickness absence and reasonable adjustments claims and disputes over worker status. He is ranked as a leading individual for employment law in The Legal 500, which describes him as “an academically terrific opponent, whose advocacy is both measured and incisive” (2020 edition).

Tom has extensive experience in dealing with politically sensitive disputes for his clients in the public, educational and charitable sectors. Through his appointment to the Attorney General’s B Panel, he is regularly instructed by government departments.

Memberships

  • 2016: Attorney General’s Junior Counsel to the Crown, B Panel
  • 2012: Attorney General’s Junior Counsel to the Crown, Regional Panel
  • Volunteer adviser, Employment Law Appeal Advice Scheme (ELAAS)
  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Discrimination Law Association

Professional Recommendations

“A gifted and rounded, intelligent advocate – he invariably impresses for the quality of his written and oral advocacy, and he has a great courtroom presence.”

The Legal 500 2021

“an academically terrific opponent, whose advocacy is both measured and incisive”

The Legal 500 2020

Expertise

Employment & Discrimination

HR Professional Support

Commercial

Inquests

Investigations


Recent and current work

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William Meade (Senior Clerk)

07970 649 755

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Graham Smith (Deputy Senior Clerk)

07795 023 532