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Michael Newman

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Michael is a litigation specialist, focusing on discrimination and employment rights for individuals. He has unparalleled experience in the conduct of group litigation, and his cases are frequently in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. He has successfully brought claims against central government departments, banks and financial institutions, large multinationals, NHS bodies, universities, local authorities, NGOs and several national newspapers. Michael advises individuals in a wide range of workplace disputes, and discrimination matters in all sectors. Previous cases include the blacklisting litigation on behalf of GMB members in the High Court, and he currently represents tens of thousands of workers in an equal pay claim against Asda (believed to be the largest private sector equal pay claim).


Michael graduated from Worcester College, Oxford with a double first in law, followed by a distinction in the Bachelor of Civil Law at Merton College, Oxford. Michael trained as a barrister, and was called to the Bar in 2007. He completed his pupilage at a leading employment and discrimination set of chambers, and qualified as a solicitor in 2011.