Employment & Discrimination

Overview

Old Square Chambers is one of the leading employment law chambers, offering specialist counsel in all areas of employment law.

Members of Old Square represent employers and employees requiring counsel with a reputation for success in the full range of employment issues. Our clients can rely on the collective experience of expert advisors, mediators, arbitrators, judges, employment tribunal judges, authors (including Harvey on Industrial Relations and Employment Law), academics, lecturers, professors, solicitors, officials and as standing counsel to the public and private sector and trade unions.

 

EMPLOYMENT LAW SPECIALISTS

 

Old Square Chambers is ‘the go-to set for reliable, client-friendly and no-nonsense counsel'... best known for its employment practice (rated by some as being ‘second to none'). The clerks’ room is led with ‘enthusiasm, commercial acumen and pragmatism' by the ‘excellent' William Meade, who is ‘extremely personable and goes the extra mile'. The clerking team ‘never fails to deliver a great service'.

Chambers & Partners 2015: Client service

Our barristers have appeared in some of the most significant employment cases of the last 25 years. Our members regularly appear in the High Court, County Courts, Employment Tribunals, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the higher appellate courts and the Court of Justice of the European Union. In the case of tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal, we appear not only in England and Wales, but also in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Three of our members were instructed by the EHRC to intervene in support of the challenge to ET fees, and appeared in the High Court, Court of Appeal and then successfully in the Supreme Court. This led to perhaps the most important employment law judgment of recent decades (click here for further details).

Clients range from major private and public sector organisations to individual employees and directors.

 

OUR EMPLOYMENT LAW WORK INCLUDES:

 

  • All forms of discrimination (where we lead the way in cross-over cases with PI law such as stress, bullying and harassment claims)
  • Equal pay
  • Industrial relations and trade union affairs
  • Directors’ disputes
  • Injunctive relief
  • Breach of contract
  • Professional discipline (we have been involved in most employment disciplinary cases of recent years)
  • TUPE transfers
  • Unfair and wrongful dismissal
  • Working time regulations
  • Claims under The Employment Rights Act 1996
  • Pensions
  • Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993
  • International labour law


Recognition of our well-balanced offering came with ‘Employment Set of the Year’ and Michael Ford ‘Employment Junior Year of the Year’ at the Chambers Bar Awards 2012.

Employees should note that on the claimant side we were successful against BBC, British Gas, Channel 4, Blackburn Rovers, MOJ and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.  

Old Square Chambers is one of the leading employment law chambers, offering specialist counsel in all areas of employment law.

Members of Old Square represent employers and employees requiring counsel with a reputation for success in the full range of employment issues. Our clients can rely on the collective experience of expert advisors, mediators, arbitrators, judges, employment tribunal judges, authors (including Harvey on Industrial Relations and Employment Law), academics, lecturers, professors, solicitors, officials and as standing counsel to the public and private sector and trade unions.

 

EMPLOYMENT LAW SPECIALISTS

 

Old Square Chambers is ‘the go-to set for reliable, client-friendly and no-nonsense counsel'... best known for its employment practice (rated by some as being ‘second to none'). The clerks’ room is led with ‘enthusiasm, commercial acumen and pragmatism' by the ‘excellent' William Meade, who is ‘extremely personable and goes the extra mile'. The clerking team ‘never fails to deliver a great service'.

Chambers & Partners 2015: Client service

Our barristers have appeared in some of the most significant employment cases of the last 25 years. Our members regularly appear in the High Court, County Courts, Employment Tribunals, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the higher appellate courts and the Court of Justice of the European Union. In the case of tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal, we appear not only in England and Wales, but also in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Three of our members were instructed by the EHRC to intervene in support of the challenge to ET fees, and appeared in the High Court, Court of Appeal and then successfully in the Supreme Court. This led to perhaps the most important employment law judgment of recent decades (click here for further details).

Clients range from major private and public sector organisations to individual employees and directors.

 

OUR EMPLOYMENT LAW WORK INCLUDES:

 

  • All forms of discrimination (where we lead the way in cross-over cases with PI law such as stress, bullying and harassment claims)
  • Equal pay
  • Industrial relations and trade union affairs
  • Directors’ disputes
  • Injunctive relief
  • Breach of contract
  • Professional discipline (we have been involved in most employment disciplinary cases of recent years)
  • TUPE transfers
  • Unfair and wrongful dismissal
  • Working time regulations
  • Claims under The Employment Rights Act 1996
  • Pensions
  • Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993
  • International labour law


Recognition of our well-balanced offering came with ‘Employment Set of the Year’ and Michael Ford ‘Employment Junior Year of the Year’ at the Chambers Bar Awards 2012.

Employees should note that on the claimant side we were successful against BBC, British Gas, Channel 4, Blackburn Rovers, MOJ and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.  

“Head clerk William Meade is “particularly good; he has an open ear to any concerns, and came to visit us recently to ask about service, which nobody else has done from other sets." He and his team are commended for “finding the best barrister for the case; they go out of their way to make sure they provide the right service." All of them are considered “extremely personable,” “highly responsive and in-tune with client needs." They are also known for the commercial­ity of their thinking. Clients who use the set are appreciative of its seminars, training and mock trials and tribunals, which are considered “incredibly helpful.”

Chambers & Partners 2015

​"The clerks are responsive and flexible.""The set is a very well-oiled machine, and you know exactly which clerk to go to on which issues. I have e-mailed on the weekend and received phone calls the same day.They are highly responsive and in tune with client needs." ”

Chambers & Partners 2014

“​Old Square Chambers is the"first port of call for employment barristers; it has excellent strength in depth from juniors to seniors"and a "well-trained team of clerks, who are always helpful and available". ”

Legal 500

“​A well-established set that shines most brightly in the employment and personal injury spheres. Practitioners here have a strong grounding in industrial relations, in addition to in-depth knowledge of the entire discrimination gamut. Equal pay litigation is another central plank in the set's offering, with its appearance in Birmingham City Council v. Abdulla exemplifying its market renown."They bring a certain enthusiasm towards cases,"say sources, "and they understand how to manage both clients and witnesses."

Chambers & Partners

“​The well-respected William Meade leads the clerking team. "The clerks here are absolutely first-rate. They know exactly what's going on with their barristers' diaries and with their barristers." One solicitor commented:"In my view, they've got the best set of clerks of any employment chambers"

Chambers & Partners

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