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Blackstone Chambers

Employment

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Home to a number of leading lights in the employment law field, whose expertise covers a full spread of rapidly developing issues including restrictive covenants, employment status, equal pay and protected disclosure. Members regularly act for well-known corporates and financial services firms, and are skilled in advocacy before the tribunals, the senior courts and the Supreme Court. Among recent achievements, they have successfully defended Clarks Shoes in a high-profile whistle-blowing claim brought by its former CEO, and represented Uber in its worker status litigation before the Supreme Court.

Client service:

"It is a go-to chambers for employment law and has top-drawer clerks." "The clerks are fantastic." Gary Oliver is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Catherine Callaghan QC
Notably experienced in the handling of unfair dismissal claims, breach of contract issues and whistle-blowing claims.
"She's fantastically good on any whistle-blowing or discrimination case." "She's very analytical and provides wonderfully clear advice."
Recent work: Acted for the defendants, the British Embassy in Cairo and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, in a claim for race discrimination, unfair dismissal and whistle-blowing brought by a former Vice Consul of the British Embassy in Cairo.

Strengths:

Craig Rajgopaul
Former solicitor offering a well-rounded perspective on complex employment proceedings. His expertise spans a range of employment law matters, including restrictive covenants, team moves, discrimination and whistle-blowing.
"He is exceptionally bright, has remarkable attention to detail and is superb on his feet." "He has a strong grasp of the commerciality of the case as well as the legal technicalities."
Recent work: Acted for Alesco Risk Management Services in its team move claim against Bishopsgate Insurance Brokers.

Strengths:

Dinah Rose QC
Has an established reputation as a formidable advocate who is incisive in her cross-examination. She handles employment law matters in the context of a multifaceted practice that also encompasses public law, human rights and immigration. She is particularly strong in discrimination and equal pay cases, and has also acted in cases on the status of workers in the gig economy.
"She is an utterly astonishing advocate and a master in bringing it all together, and she has fabulous judgement." "Her strategic insight is remarkable."
Recent work: Acted for Uber in a case addressing the question of whether Uber drivers could be said to be workers, and whether they were therefore entitled to receive the national minimum wage and paid annual leave.

Strengths:

Diya Sen Gupta QC
An effective and incisive advocate who regularly works with clients in the financial services sector. She is highly proficient in whistle-blowing and discrimination issues, with experience of complex team move cases, injunctive relief applications and unfair dismissal claims.
"She's absolutely sharp as a razor and great with clients." "Incredibly intelligent and phenomenally hard-working."
Recent work: Successfully acted for Ofgem against Greg Pytel, in an appeal concerning the tribunal's disclosure powers, and the conflict between whistle-blower protection and the Utilities Act 2000, which forbids disclosures.

Strengths:

George Molyneaux
Offers strong expertise across a full range of employment cases. He is experienced in cases of whistle-blowing, discrimination, equal pay and TUPE.
"He is off-the-scale bright and meticulously well prepared." "He's exceptionally intelligent, very commercial and always grasps the case very quickly."
Recent work: Acted for Clarks in its successful defence of a high-profile whistle-blowing unfair dismissal claim brought by its former CEO.

Strengths:

Jane Mulcahy QC
Highly experienced barrister who works across the whole breadth of employment law, with demonstrable expertise in wrongful and unfair dismissal cases, as well as discrimination and whistle-blowing.
"She offers empathy and emotional intelligence in spades alongside her incredible intellect, can-do attitude, determination and hard work." "Her advocacy is fantastic."
Recent work: Acted in Argus Media v Mounir Halim, successfully resisting an interim application seeking a non-compete injunction and the imaging of the individual's electronic equipment.

Strengths:

Kate Gallafent QC
Manages a busy employment law caseload including claims relating to discrimination and unfair dismissal.
"An exceptional barrister who is incredibly down-to-earth." "She's really on top of the law."
Recent work: Acted in a claim brought by a serving member of the Territorial Army against the Ministry of Defence for unfair dismissal.

Strengths:

Kerenza Davis
Respected junior with demonstrable expertise handling a variety of cases before the High Court and Employment Tribunals. She is regularly called upon by both claimants and defendants to handle complex discrimination claims.
"She is very clear and knowledgeable in her advice and very thorough in her preparation." "She is a hard-working and very bright barrister."
Recent work: Advised an individual on an indirect associative racial discrimination claim.

Strengths:

Monica Carss-Frisk QC
Has extensive experience of employment law issues, with particular focus on injunctive relief matters and working time regulations. She is particularly adept at handling discrimination claims, including cases of sex, age, race and disability discrimination.
"She's exceptionally calm and persuasive." "She's extremely user-friendly, accessible and brilliantly incisive."

Strengths:

Navid Pourghazi
A gifted junior with notable skill in discrimination, whistle-blowing, employment status and employee competition cases. He is also sought after for his expertise in conducting investigations for a range of organisations.
"He's brilliantly methodical, organised and incredibly responsive." "He's really thoughtful and really meticulous."

Strengths:

Paul Goulding QC
A pre-eminent lawyer in restrictive covenants, according to market sources. He is widely regarded as a leading light of the Employment Bar and takes on a diverse set of instructions, pertaining to such matters as team moves, whistle-blowing, employment status and discrimination, typically acting for household-name clients.
"He's absolutely phenomenal, especially in restrictive covenant cases; he has the knack of making the complex sound simple." "He is encyclopedic in his knowledge of the law, particularly in relation to employee competition, and he is calm, precise and strategic."
Recent work: Appeared for Clarks in its successful defence of a whistle-blowing claim brought by its former chief executive, who was dismissed following employee complaints about his conduct.

Strengths:

Simon Pritchard
Has extensive experience working with clients in the financial services sector, with recognised strength handling cases concerning whistle-blowing and unfair dismissal. He is praised for his client-handling skills and proficiency in dealing with restrictive covenant disputes.
"He's very persuasive and an excellent advocate." "He's commercial and provides great client service."

Strengths:

Thomas Croxford QC
Considered to be a strong High Court advocate, he often handles highly complex whistle-blowing and injunctive relief work and sophisticated discrimination claims. He regularly provides counsel to clients in the financial services sector and his multidisciplinary practice allows him to bring a commercial edge to his employment law analysis.
"He's superbly conscientious and thorough." "He is very strategic and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in whistle-blowing cases."
Recent work: Advised a PLC in relation to the proposed termination of the CEO and its effect on share and share options entitlements.

Strengths:

Victoria Windle
Highly skilled employment law barrister with additional strength in commercial law. She is particularly adept at handling business protection matters, including injunctions, and advising on cases that require knowledge of employee privacy rights and workplace monitoring to identify wrongdoing.
"She's excellent on restrictive covenants and unlawful competition." "She is a brilliant barrister; she is commercially minded, always straight to the point and has a really useful grasp of developing law."

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Employment


Catherine Callaghan QC
Band 4
Dinah Rose QC
Star Individuals
Diya Sen Gupta QC
Band 3
Jane Mulcahy QC
Band 2
Kate Gallafent QC
Band 4
Monica Carss-Frisk QC
Band 4