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Essex Court Chambers

Employment

6 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Essex Court Chambers is a formidable commercial set with substantial experience of employment litigation in the High Court and above, including on behalf of financial services clients. Members recently acted for Citadel, in claims for conspiracy and misuse of confidential information in respect of an algorithmic trading strategy, and the barristers represented Jeffries as the defendants of a multimillion-pound High Court claim arising out of an alleged team move. Interviewees report: "For commercial employment cases, such as contentious restrictive covenants and non-competition work, the set has a lot of depth in its bench." The barristers' strengths also extend to whistle-blowing and discrimination claims.

Client service:

"The senior clerk Joe Ferrigno is just a delight to work with: he has a very 'can do' attitude, he makes sure you are provided with a proper service and he tries to accommodate fees in a way that keeps everyone happy." "The clerks are always very efficient and responsive, and they negotiate fees in a reasonable way."

Strengths:

Andrew Hochhauser QC
Andrew Hochhauser QC has established a strong reputation in the market as a powerful, resolute advocate who will aggressively fight the client's case. He regularly handles sophisticated High Court litigation and is a trusted counsel for both large commercial organisations and senior individuals. Many of his clients come from the financial services sector.
"Andrew will fight every inch of his client's corner so if you have something you want fought hard, you want him on your side." "He is the best cross-examiner at the Employment Bar; he is a formidable tactician and he is a superb advocate."
Recent work: Acted for Mukkaram Sattar, a former senior banker, in a claim against Citibank for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination.

Strengths:

Charles Ciumei QC
Charles Ciumei QC handles sophisticated employment law issues, with a focus on injunction work and issues associated with the protection of confidential information and business secrets, such as restrictive covenant enforcement and whistle-blowing. Sources commend his strategic direction.
"He can assimilate complex arguments and a myriad of documents with incredible speed and tenacity."

Strengths:

Daniel Oudkerk QC
Daniel Oudkerk QC is recognised for his commercial approach and clear advice in complex employment matters. He has extensive experience of High Court litigation and is considered an expert in team move issues and restrictive covenant work.
"He is one of my go-to QCs, particularly for team move cases or breach of contract and liquidated damages. He is formidable, clients love him, he is very good at translating legal issues into something that the clients understand, he makes sure the client's expectations are managed and he is a formidable advocate." "He is very knowledgeable, he is very easy to deal with, he is responsive, and he is a very good and technical lawyer who is prepared to express a view and not sit on the fence." "He is a go-to for anything complicated, he is a completely brilliant cross-examiner and an all-round superb advocate."
Recent work: Acted as lead counsel for JLT in a multimillion-pound High Court claim, with related applications for disclosure in the New York courts, arising out of a poaching raid in the insurance sector.

Strengths:

David Craig QC
David Craig QC is renowned for his grasp of employment law and brilliance in the courtroom. He handles a variety of issues, including injunctive relief, team moves, remuneration, restrictive covenants and dismissals.
"He is conscientious, hard-working and tactically astute - a master strategist." "He is phenomenal in every sense: he is incredibly bright, he is fast, he is much better prepared than his opponents; he is an astonishingly good advocate, who is creative in his approach and super responsive."
Recent work: Acted for Citadel Securities in a case involving claims of conspiracy and misuse of confidential information in respect of an algorithmic trading strategy.

Strengths:

Edward Brown
Edward Brown has considerable experience of High Court litigation cases, with additional expertise in representing financial services clients in complex Employment Tribunal disputes. His practice covers a wide range of employment issues. He is particularly noted for his strength in cases concerning team moves, garden leave, misconduct and discrimination.
"He is my favourite junior barrister - he is very direct and to the point and he gives clients a straightforward answer." "He is excellent for high-value cases in the High Court which involve overlapping commercial and employment law issues."
Recent work: Successfully acted as sole counsel for former CEO Dr Comberg in a claim for wrongful dismissal against VivoPower.

Strengths:

Jane Russell
Jane Russell has a broad employment practice, encompassing commercial matters such as bonus claims and team move litigation, as well as tribunal matters such as whistle-blowing claims and equality law. She is also junior counsel to the Crown.
"She is very user-friendly, clients really like working with her and she is very persuasive in front of the tribunal." "She is extremely easy to deal with and she is a very astute barrister who it is great to have fighting your corner."
Recent work: Successfully represented the Centre for Global Development in a case against Maya Forstater in the Employment Appeal Tribunal. The case asked whether the belief that sex is immutable was a protected philosophical belief under the Equality Act.

Employment

Essex Court Chambers

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Location

24 Lincoln's Inn Fields

London

Greater London

UK

WC2A 3EG

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Employment


Andrew Hochhauser QC
Band 1
Charles Ciumei QC
Band 2
Daniel Oudkerk QC
Band 1
David Craig QC
Band 1

Juniors

London (Bar)

Employment


Edward Brown
Band 2
Jane Russell
Band 3