The Legal Cheek View
In the ‘gig economy’ era of zero-hour contracts and flexible working, the employment cases handled by Old Square Chambers are at the cutting edge of law. Oliver Segal QC and Melanie Tether acted for a group of Uber drivers in the landmark case of Uber BV v Aslam and others, in which the Supreme Court found that drivers are workers and therefore entitled to the minimum wage, statutory annual leave and protection from detriment under the Employment Rights Act 1996.
Other employment law highlights include Robin Moira White successfully representing the claimant in Taylor v Jaguar Land Rover in which the tribunal found that gender reassignment includes gender fluid and non-binary individuals, and Ben Cooper QC and former tenant Mark Greaves’ work on a huge multiple equal pay claim against UK supermarkets, the largest private sector claim of its type having been estimated to cost the retail sector up to £4 billion. Ben Cooper QC also appeared alongside Anya Palmer in the high profile Forstater v CGD Europe & others case in which the EAT held gender critical beliefs as protected under the Equality Act 2010.
Old Square Chambers has other expertise in personal injury, clinical negligence, professional discipline, travel, product liability, environment, health & safety and public inquiries, and a balance between claimant and respondent/defendant positions. Members have also amassed considerable experience in sports law. The set performs litigation in football and rugby as well as in athletics, boxing and motor racing, among others. The list of other clients represented by Old Square reads like a ‘Who’s who’ of Premiership football, with Sir Alex Ferguson, Roberto Martinez and Roy Keane among them. Mary O’Rourke QC and Nicola Newbegin represented Dr Eva Carneiro in her infamous unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination case against Chelsea Football Club and Jose Mourinho, which was settled on confidential terms.