Laith joined Old Square Chambers in 2012 following the successful completion of his pupillage.
He is building a practice across all areas of work undertaken in chambers, with a particular focus on Employment and Discrimination, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence, and Education Law. He also has an interest in General Civil Litigation and Health and Safety.
Employment: Laith acts for both claimants and respondents across almost every type of employment case, including unfair and wrongful dismissal, breach of contract, redundancy, discrimination, TUPE and whistleblowing. Laith acts in and advises on all aspects of litigation, including interlocutory hearings, multi-day full merits hearings and settlement negotiations. He is often instructed in multi-day discrimination cases and has received instructions at EAT level.
Personal Injury: Laith acts for both claimants and defendants in multi-track, fast-track and small claims cases. He appears in fast-track trials where both liability and quantum are contested, and he has experience of appearing in appeals before a Circuit Judge. Laith also appears in CICA appeals before the First Tier Tribunal. He drafts pleadings and advises on all manner of issues including liability and quantum. Laith accepts instructions on a Conditional Fee basis.
Recently, Laith has been involved in the Jimmy Savile child abuse litigation, advising several potential claimants on their prospects of recovery against Savile’s estate.
Education Law: Laith accepts instructions across all areas of education law. He has particular experience with regard to SEN, disability discrimination, school exclusions and universities. He has appeared in front of IAPs, has drafted submissions to the OIA and has advised on judicial review and on county court proceedings.
Before joining chambers, Laith read Classics at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he took a Double First, won the Fotheringham Prize for Ancient History and was made a Demy ('half fellow') of Magdalen College.
Laith completed the Graduate Diploma in Law at City Law School, gaining a Distinction. He was graded Outstanding for his Bar Professional Training Course at BPP, coming first in Personal Injury Law. He has been awarded three scholarships by Gray's Inn, including the Birkenhead Award.
He has judged and taken part in national and international debating competitions; he has interned for the Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP; and he has been a visiting stagiaire in the Cabinet of Advocate General Sharpston, British Advocate General to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.
Laith is also a trained mediator and is accredited by ADRGroup.