Paul Gilroy QC

Paul Gilroy QC

Year of call:

1985, Gray's Inn

Year of Silk:

2006

Contact:

Paul Gilroy QC

Associations:

Employment Law Bar Association,
Employment Lawyers Association,
Professional Negligence Bar Association

Education:

LLB (Hons)

Paul Gilroy QC's reputation is principally based on his employment practice. He has for some years been recognised by Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500, and Legal Experts as a leader in this field.

Employment Northern (Bar): Leading Barrister (Band 1)
"An excellent advocate who is great on his feet."
"Commercial and approachable."
"Clever and decisive."

(Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2019)

Sport - The Regions (Bar): Leading Barrister (Band 1)
"Thorough and focused, a robust advocate with specialist expertise in sports." /em>
(Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2019)

Employment – ranked Tier 1
"He has particular expertise in sports-related employment matters."
(Legal 500 2019)

"He is very hands on, approachable, knows the sector very well, and he is combative when you require him to be."
(Chambers and Partners 2018 (Sport – The Regions))

"He is a leading light in football cases."
(Chambers and Partners 2018)

"Paul has a very robust and persuasive style." "He has a well-deserved reputation here in the North West."
(Chambers and Partners 2017)

"A noted employment specialist who is frequently instructed in employment disputes in the sports sector. He is a favourite for high-profile footballers and managers who are facing difficulties with their clubs. 'He is very tenacious and personable and is renowned for getting a fantastic deal for managers.' 'He is an outstanding trial lawyer."
(Chambers and Partners 2016)

"Focuses on employment law and is frequently instructed on complex or high level work at the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and High Court, such as whistleblowing, discrimination, class actions and executive matters."
(Chambers and Partners 2016)

"He is an excellent advocate who has the gravitas to deal with complex tribunals."

"He is very thorough and focused."
(Chambers and Partners 2015)

Paul Gilroy has over three decades of experience of employment-related litigation at all levels.

He also conducts investigations into employment law-related matters.

He has a particular interest in sports-related litigation and regulatory matters in sport.

He has advised and acted for a stellar list of football clients on both appointment and dismissal, including Roy Hodgson, Martin O’Neill, Gianfranco Zola, Gareth Southgate, Henning Berg, David O'Leary, Sir Alex Ferguson, Harry Redknapp, Mark Hughes, Pep Guardiola, Roberto Di Matteo, Roy Keane, Alan Curbishley, Gerard Houllier, Marco Silva, Ray Wilkins, Steve Clarke, Owen Coyle, Roberto Martinez, Sam Allardyce, Brendan Rodgers, Tim Sherwood, Michael Laudrup, Alex McLeish, Chris Coleman, Ryan Giggs, Sean Dyche, Paul Lambert, Neil Warnock, Chris Hughton, David Moyes, Nigel Adkins, Alan Pardew, Phil Brown, Nigel Pearson, Steve McClaren, Mick McCarthy, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Martin Allen, Phil Neville, Gary Neville, Nigel Clough, Ray Clemence, Malky Mackay, Gus Poyet, Stuart Pearce, and Rene Meulensteen amongst others.

Most appearances as Counsel before the FA Premier League Managers Arbitration Tribunal (7).

He is a specialist member of the FA's Judicial Panel and the FA Judicial Appeal Board.

He has been instructed in high profile public inquiries (Ashworth Hospital and Harold Shipman), and has wide-ranging experience in the field of professional discipline, both acting in and conducting disciplinary hearings for Universities and sports bodies and in the NHS.

He contributes to professional publications, has annotated employment legislation for Current Law Statutes, has been engaged by Sweet & Maxwell to assist in editing the Encyclopaedia on Employment Law, and is a frequent speaker on employment law topics to professional and other audiences.

Notable recent work

Harrod and ors. v Chief Constable of West Midlands Police and ors. [2017] EWCA 191
(Court of Appeal). Indirect age discrimination and justification.

BAE Systems v Konczak [2017] EWCA 1188
(Court of Appeal). Divisibility of psychiatric harm.

Greater Manchester Police v Bailey [2017] EWCA Civ 425
(Court of Appeal). Race Discrimination.

Re: Mr X (2016-2018)
Independent investigation on behalf of an NHS Trust into whistleblowing complaints made by a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.

Carl Frampton v Barry McGuigan (2017-2018)
High Court litigation and Arbitration before the British Boxing Board of Control.

Re: Ms Z (2018)
Independent investigation on behalf of British Parasnowsport and UK Sport into complaints of bullying and harassment made by a para athlete.

Middlesbrough FC v Garry Monk (2018)
FA Rule K Arbitration.

Various v Rugby Football League and Super League (Europe) (2018)
Challenges to salary cap and other restrictions on professional rugby league players.

Author of Chapter on Football Managers’ Contracts in 'Football and the Law'
(Bloomsbury - publication in May 2018: https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/football-and-the-law-9781847668820/)

Appointments

  • Part-time Judge of Employment Tribunals (appointed 2000)
  • Specialist Member of the Judicial Panel of the Football Association (appointed 2007)
  • Member of the Chairperson's List, Sports Resolutions UK - Panel of Arbitrators (appointed 2007)
  • Member of the Judicial Appeal Board of the Football Association (appointed 2008)
  • Legal Member of National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) Sport Resolutions UK (2010-2015)

Paul Gilroy is also an experienced mediator and arbitrator in non-sports related matters.

Notable Cases

    • Provident v Hayward [1989] 3 All ER 298 (CA) (Garden Leave).
    • YKK v Ely [1993] IRLR 500 (CA) (Equivocal resignation/ SOSR).
    • Cantona v Doyle [1996] (CC) (Civil Assault).
    • Bell v Manchester City FC [1997] (ET) (Unfair Dismissal).
    • Tyrer v Rugby Football League [1998] (HC) (Bye-laws of professional sports body - Restraint of Trade).
    • Abbey National v Formoso [1999] IRLR 22 (EAT) (Pregnancy Discrimination).
    • Hoyland v Asda Stores Limited [2005] IRLR 438 (EAT) (Equal Pay).
    • Khudados v Hayden and others [2007] EWCA Civ 1316 (Court of Appeal) (Conduct of Litigation).
    • Michalak v Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust [2007] (QBD) (NHS Consultant - Injunctive Relief).
    • Oyarce v Cheshire County Council [2008] IRLR 653 (Court of Appeal) (Reversal of Burden of Proof in claims of Victimisation under the Race Relations Act).
    • Lucy and others v British Airways plc [2009] (EAT) (Unlawful Deductions).
    • Curbishley v West Ham United [2009] (FA Premier League) (Wrongful Constructive Dismissal).
    • Bampouras and others v Edge Hill University [2010] EAT (Unfair Dismissal).
    • Goode v Marks and Spencer plc [2010] (EAT) (Whistleblowing).
    • Magilton v Ipswich Town [2011] (QBD) (Wrongful Dismissal).
    • O’Neill v Aston Villa 2011] (FA Premier League) (Wrongful Constructive Dismissal).
    • O’Leary v Al Ahli FC (Dubai) [2011-2014] Successful representation of Head Coach in wrongful dismissal claim before FIFA and on appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.
    • University of Bradford [2012] Chair of five separate panels to determine grievances brought by senior academics.
    • Alty and 61 others v Bosal UK [2012] Successful High Court class action concerning the incorporation of terms concerning redundancy entitlement contained in collective agreements in contracts of employment.
    • Woodcock v Cumbria Primary Care Trust [2012] Leading Court of Appeal authority on the defence of justification in claims of indirect discrimination.
    • Norwich City v Lambert and Aston Villa [2012-2013] (FA Premier League) (Breach of Contract).
    • Adkins v Southampton [2012-2013] (FA Premier League) (Breach of Contract).
    • Henning Berg v Blackburn Rovers [2013] Successful damages claim for breach of contract.
    • Hindley v BASF [2013] Successful defence of seven figure claim by widow on behalf of estate re: death in service benefit.
    • Griffiths v Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital NHS Trust [2013] Successful defence of seven figure discrimination claim by consultant heart surgeon.
    • Mackay v Cardiff City [2014] (FA Premier League) (Breach of Contract).
    • Cunningham v AIB (UK) [2014] Settlement of whistleblowing claim by senior director after ET proceedings and appeal to the EAT.
    • AB v CD [2015] Represented Chief Superintendent in proceedings involving substantial claim for compensation against his force for sexual orientation discrimination.
    • Aulton v Various [2014-2016] Successful defence of NHS Trust in ET and EAT TUPE class action by substance abuse workers.
    • Kansal v Tullett Prebon [2015] Successful representation of broker of Indian origin in race discrimination claim against international City brokerage firm.
    • Civil claims arising from Operation Elveden (2015/16) Acting for 15 senior journalists in multiple high value claims against leading national newspaper arising out of arrest and prosecution in the "payments to public officials" inquiry which followed the criminal phone hacking investigation concerning the News of the World.
    • A v B [2016] Substantial claim against globally renowned celebrity by former employee. Successful defence of multiple applications for privacy, anonymity and restricted reporting orders.

Paul Gilroy also practices at Littleton Chambers in London.

"He is very hands on, approachable, knows the sector very well, and he is combative when you require him to be."

Chambers and Partners 2018 (Sport - The Regions)


"He is a leading light in football cases."

Chambers and Partners 2018


"He is brilliant on his feet. He has gravitas and can hold his ground when faced with challenging questions and interruptions from the Bench."

Chambers and Partners 2018


'Renowned for employment matters.'

Legal 500, 2017


"Prominent employment silk with a wealth of experience, who acts for football manager clients in cases of appointment and dismissal. Also valued for his work on discrimination and breach of contract cases. 'If you've got a case you need to fight he's an excellent choice'"

Chambers and Partners 2017


"Paul has a very robust and persuasive style." "He has a well-deserved reputation here in the North West."

Chambers and Partners 2017


‘A nationally recognised employment advocate with expertise in football cases.’

Legal 500 2016


"He is incredibly knowledgeable, very approachable and a supreme advocate."

Chambers & Partners 2014


“Paul Gilroy QC is a ‘topclass strategist’ and ‘the go-to barrister in the North West’ for employment work, who gains plaudits for his gravitas in court as well as his approachable manner out of it. He is especially commended for his ‘ability to explain the intricacies of the law in an easily digestible way.’ A major focus of his practice is sports related employment law, and he has represented both top level football managers and players.”

Chambers & Partners 2013


"has extensive experience in the field"

Legal 500 2012


A lawyer who "has the gravitas and standing that comes from years of battling away in the employment trenches," he is "a peerless performer before the tribunal."

Chambers & Partners 2011


Paul Gilroy QC “performed brilliantly” in a recent high-value case.

Legal 500 Directory 2011


Paul Gilroy QC is, according to feedback, an excellent performer who is a cut above other silks... His "sharp, quick-witted style is entertaining to watch, even from the other side".

Chambers & Partners 2010


Solicitors and clients admire the "robust, user-friendly and extremely commercial" Paul Gilroy QC, who remains "top of the list" for many interviewees. They admire "his willingness to really roll up his sleeves" and his capacity for bridging the gap between solicitors and barristers.

Chambers & Partners 2009


"...the strongest silk on (the Northern) circuit for employment."

Legal 500 Directory 2009


Class act Paul Gilroy QC wins high praise for his "speed, robustness and excellent grasp of detail." Appointed silk in 2006, he is deemed to have "enormous experience" and an "appropriate tenacity in court."

Chambers & Partners 2008


The "excellent and evergreen" Paul Gilroy QC thrives in the market and remains the principal player here due to his comprehensive employment and tribunal experience.

Chambers & Partners 2007


Paul Gilroy was applauded for his "depth of expertise across a wide range of traditional employment law issues." Apart from his obvious intellectual ability, the market commended his client-friendly, commercially astute approach.

Chambers & Partners (*Starred - ie. higher than Grade 1 - rating) 2006


Paul Gilroy "stands head and shoulders above the rest" say solicitors. Researchers heard that his ability to pick up a case and knock it into shape is "phenomenal." Interviewees commented: "He is great at taking something shapeless and giving it the 'Armani' touch." A combination of high intellect, a down-to-earth manner and impressive client skills make sources "sing his praises from the rooftops." The bulk of his work is on behalf of respondents, although he also undertakes instructions from applicants as well. TUPE, discrimination, including sexual orientation cases, class actions. Paul Gilroy is renowned for his disciplinary work, and acted on two class actions over the past year. Solicitors praised him as outstanding, with a brilliant commercial slant.

Chambers & Partners 2005


"Performs cross-examination by scalpel."

Legal 500 Directory, 2005


Specialist Areas of Practice:

Employment

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