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Paul Michell

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Paul is a leading junior for high profile and complex discrimination, whistle-blowing and breach of confidence claims, and related contract disputes. He regularly acts in cases concerning alleged breach of covenant/database rights and other commercial wrongdoing. Praised in leading directories as 'a brilliantly skilled advocate'; 'feisty tough and creative'; 'top employment counsel... intelligent, articulate and highly personable', and a barrister 'that clients return to most often'.

Paul regularly acts in highly sensitive grievances/disciplinary proceedings within the sports, charity, finance, healthcare and higher education sectors.

Clients include the BBC, British Red Cross, the Elders; the GMB, the Football Association Premier League; LSE; RNIB, Royal Ballet School, Shell, the TUC, UCL and several financial institutions.

Reported cases include Pytel v. OFGEM [2019] ICR 715, EAT; Bains v. Moore (2018) HC; Hainsworth v. MoD [2014] EWCA Civ 763; X v. Mid Sussex CAB [2013] IRLR 146, SC, Kulikauskas v. Macduff Shellfish (ECJ); EBR Attridge v Coleman [2010] ICR 242 (EAT), and Coleman v Attridge Law [2008] ICR 1128 (ECJ; [2010] ICR 242, EAT..


Visitor for Loughborough University; fee paid Employment Judge (South East region).

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Author of Bullen & Leake & Jacob's Precedents of Pleadings (Employment Tribunal Proceedings and High Court).


Downing College, Cambridge (BA); City University (Dip Law).