Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022
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Sport - London (Bar)
Paul Gilroy QC is an impressive barrister who specialises in employment-related disputes, with highly praised expertise in cases involving football managers. He has also been involved in cases within rugby, swimming and boxing.
Strengths: "He is astute, user-friendly and a fantastic cross-examiner."
Recent work: Represented Richard Keogh in an appeal and arbitration claim arising from his wrongful dismissal from Derby County FC.
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• Successful £2.3m EFL arbitration claim (and defence of appeal) on behalf of Championship player (Keogh v Derby County FC).
• Ongoing PLMAT claim against PL club.
• Defending claim against Premier League player’s image rights company.
• Advising Technical Director on terms of departure from Premier League club.
• Defending Premier League club against 7 figure claim by agent re: player transfer.
• Retained as expert witness in CAS challenge against UEFA decision.
• Advising elite Team GB athletics coach on suspension, jeopardising attendance at Tokyo Olympics.
• Chair of investigation re: para athlete (UK Sport).
• Advising Premier League Manager on contract extension.
• Acting for multiple claimants in High Court “fire and re-hire” challenge to national supermarket’s threatened removal of contractual benefit (USDAW v Tesco).
• Secured £3.2m settlement for disability discrimination claimant after successful multiple day hearing.
• Successful defence of claim against Purplebricks, estate agency. Claimant seeking to challenge client’s business model by establishing “worker” status.
• Instructed on behalf of 2 directors of multi-national company in multi-million dismissal-related claims before the LCIA.
• Retained by national company to advise on furlough scheme.
• Advising high profile personality on successful defence of potentially high profile sexual harassment claim.
1985 Call. QC 2006.
Part time Employment Judge (2000).
• Athlete Selection & Eligibility
• Employment & Discrimination
• Integrity & Discipline, and
• Paralympic and Disability Thematic Arbitration Panels of Sport Resolutions.
FA Judicial Panel Specialist Member.
FA Judicial Appeal Board Specialist Member.