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Employment

7 ranked barristersBand 1Western (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Old Square Chambers' Bristol office houses a market-leading employment practice which takes in appellate cases of marked importance, in addition to the barristers' regular diet of tribunal work. Barristers from the set have in recent years been instructed in key cases such as Royal Mail v Jhuti, on whistle-blower protection, and Harpur Trust v Brazel, on holiday pay for part-time workers. The set is an excellent choice for any case involving discrimination law or industrial relations issues. Members represent both claimants and employers, including those in the public sector.

Client service:

"The clerking was good and very efficient, I can't think of any improvements." "The clerking and the barristers are very responsive."

Strengths:

Helen Gower
Helen Gower is experienced in complex claims of discrimination, whistle-blowing, TUPE, unfair dismissal and victimisation of trade union members. She is Legal Assessor for the Health & Care Professions Council and the General Pharmaceutical Council.
"Very thorough in her preparation and has a good track record of winning cases for us."

Strengths:

Hilary Winstone
Hilary Winstone has extensive experience working with high-value corporate clients, along with police forces, the NHS and local authorities. She handles mediation in addition to internal and external disputes. She has recent experience of complex disability discrimination claims.
"She is unfailingly polite and courteous and clients represented by her know they have been well represented."
Recent work: Acted for Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in defending a pair of claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal involving a joint enterprise and a decision centred around a great deal of CCTV video evidence.

Strengths:

Jack Mitchell
Jack Mitchell is frequently sought out to represent a variety of high-profile clients, and he is highly regarded for his proficiency in matters of whistle-blowing and has co-written a number of the leading textbooks on the subject. He acts for highly prestigious clients and high net worth individuals.
"He is very thorough and excellent with clients. He doesn't speak pompously and is very clear."  "Especially good in whistle-blowing claims."
Recent work: Conducted an investigation into allegations of age discrimination, bullying and harassment made against the CEO of the Jockey Club.

Strengths:

Kara Loraine
Kara Loraine is an employment law specialist barrister who is regularly instructed in discrimination claims, typically representing local authorities, trade unions, NHS trusts or business owners.
"She is very quick to get on top of issues and has a pragmatic approach to cases and pleadings. Her assistance is very valuable."

Strengths:

Michael Ford QC
Michael Ford QC is an expert practitioner with tremendous experience in employment law. He is principally known for his abilities in the law relating to trade union matters, industrial action, working time and equal pay. He is active in the Court of Appeal and has also appeared in the Supreme Court, the ECJ and the ECtHR.
"He is a master-mind of employment law. A real team player at QC level. He is knowledgeable, great with clients and someone you definitely want on your side in any industrial relations case."  "Michael Ford is like your own minicomputer on employment law and he knows everything. He is a holiday pay guru and a fantastic appellate advocate."
Recent work: Acted for Unison in a Court of Appeal case concerning the holiday rights of part-time and term-time only workers.

Strengths:

Oliver Isaacs
Oliver Isaacs has strong experience in commercial employment matters, regularly applying his expertise to complex issues such as restrictive covenants, settlement agreements and shareholder rights.
"His approach is inordinately practical and commercial. His detailed knowledge of the law, and particularly case law in support of applications, has been very impressive. He has also handled and managed nervous clients and witnesses with great assurance." "Oliver Isaacs is very analytical and he is someone you want for a very cerebral matter."
Recent work: Acted in a case concerning unlawful deduction of wages and dismissal claims against Cardiff University and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

Strengths:

Toby Kempster
Toby Kempster has crossover expertise in employment law and personal injury, with a wealth of experience in high-value dismissal claims resulting from injury. He also handles contractual claims, especially restrictive covenants.
"He is a great, really straightforward barrister and employment judges like him a lot."
Recent work: Successfully represented the Metropolitan Police in discrimination claims brought by a PCSO.

Employment

Old Square Chambers

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Location

9 Queen Square

Bristol

Bristol

UK

BS1 4JE

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Silks (QC)

Western (Bar)

Employment


Michael Ford QC
Band 1

Juniors

Western (Bar)

Employment


Helen Gower
Band 4
Hilary Winstone
Band 3
Jack Mitchell
Band 1
Kara Loraine
Band 4
Oliver Isaacs
Band 3

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