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Tom Kirk

Call: 2007

"Very bright, personable, committed to his clients and level headed. An excellent barrister and safe pair of hands in any litigation."

The Legal 500 2022

"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

Overview

Tom’s practice is divided between chambers’ Employment & Discrimination, HR Professional Support, Inquests, Investigations 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), “a gifted and rounded, intelligent advocate (2021) and “very bright, personable, committed to his clients” (2022).

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

Memberships

2020: Attorney General’s Junior Counsel to the Crown, A Panel
2016: Attorney General’s Junior Counsel to the Crown, B Panel;
2012: Attorney General’s Junior Counsel to the Crown, Regional Panel.
Volunteer advisor, Employment Law Appeal Advice Scheme (“ELAAS”)
Employment Law Bar Association
Employment Lawyer’s Association
Discrimination Law Association

Regulatory information

Vat number: 939863953

Bar Standards Board

Professional Recommendations

“Very bright, personable, committed to his clients and level headed. An excellent barrister and safe pair of hands in any litigation.”

The Legal 500 2022

“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

Investigations

Commercial

Inquests


Recent and current work

Key contacts

Paul Adams

Senior Team Leader
Paul Adams Telephone Clerk020 7269 0305 Email Clerk

Lee Jennings

Junior Team Leader
Lee Jennings Telephone Clerk0207 269 0303 Email Clerk
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Out of hours

William Meade (Senior Clerk)

07970 649 755