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UK Chambers Bar Awards 2015: Employment Silk of the Year for Michael Ford QC


Old Square Chambers are delighted to announce the success of Michael Ford QC at yesterday evening’s Chambers UK Bar Awards 2015, receiving the accolade of Employment Silk of the Year.

Michael has been involved in a number of landmark cases, including:

  • Appearing in the Court of Appeal in Griffiths v. DWP, an important test case on the correct approach to apply for substantial disadvantage in a disability discrimination claim under the Equality Act. Case was partly funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission because of its importance. Judgment pending.
  • Representing Equality and Human Rights Commission in Court of Appeal case on whether tribunal fees breached right of effective remedy to a tribunal and/or were indirectly discriminatory – see R (UNISON) v. Lord Chancellor (EHRC Intervening) [2015] EWCA Civ 935.
  • Representing claimant in Employment Tribunal, on return from European Court of Justice, in Lock v. British Gas – very important case on whether commission should be included in workers’ holiday pay. Now on way to Employment Appeal Tribunal and beyond.
  • Acting in various holiday pay disputes involving whole workforce (e.g tribunal claim for all cabin crew employed by Thomas Cook).
  • Involved with various unions working on arguments for Trade Union Bill.
  • Various potential strike injunctions.

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