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Two Old Square Chambers cases listed in The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2021


Old Square Chambers have two cases listed in The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases of 2021, which was released on Monday 1st February.

Baker & ors v Post Office Ltd features Katharine Newton QC and Ben Jones acting for the claimants in June 2021, instructed by Penningtons Manches Cooper. Workers’ rights will be back in the spotlight. Just two years after the Supreme Court issued a key ruling on the rights of gig economy workers, the High Court is being asked to consider the matter again – this time by postmasters. Penningtons Manches Cooper representing 120 postmasters who want the Post Office to class them as workers, so they benefit from the relevant protections.

In Sir Philip Rutnam v Home Office, Ben Cooper QC and Laith Dilaimi are acting for the defendant, the Secretary of State for the Home Department, instructed by the GLD. September 2021 will see Sir Philip Rutnam pursue his explosive Employment Tribunal claim against the Home Office. With Home Secretary Priti Patel in the claimant’s firing line, the case concerns allegations of bullying following Rutnam’s claim of unfair dismissal and whistleblowing.

To view the full list of case, please see The Lawyer website (behind subscription paywall).

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