Old Square Chambers

Ben Cooper QC

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Practice Areas

Employment and discrimination, industrial relations and professional discipline, in particular equal pay, disciplinary and industrial action injunctions, TU rights and recognition, whistleblowing, complex or sensitive discrimination claims, TUPE. Current and recent cases of note: Brierley & others v Asda Stores Ltd (acting for Respondent in largest ever private sector equal pay litigation; SC, July 2020 and ongoing in ET); NUPFC v CO (employment status of foster carers and TU recognition; CA, pending December 2020); Forstater v CGD Europe & others (whether belief that biological sex is not trumped by gender identity is a protected belief; EAT, pending April 2021); UCL v Brown (appeal in TU detriment claim concerning use of email facilities for TU purposes and interrelationship of TU rights with data protection; EAT, pending November 2020); Herbert v LCJ & others (acting for Respondents in high profile race discrimination claim by a recorder; ET, pending March 2021); Rutnam v Home Office (acting for Respondent in high profile whistleblowing claim by former Home Office permanent secretary; ET, pending September 2021); McNeil & others v HMRC [2020] ICR 515, CA (equal pay: test for particular disadvantage in length of service case); City of York v Grosset [2018] ICR 1492, CA (leading case on discrimination arising from disability).


Called to the Bar – November 2000. Silk 2017.

Professional Memberships

Employment Law Bar Association; Industrial Law Society; Employment Lawyers’ Association.


Born 1977. LLB (University of Birmingham, 1st class).