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Nigel Grundy

Year of call 1983, Middle Temple  

Areas of Expertise
Employment, Regulatory and Professional Discipline Group, Insurance Fraud, Mediation, Personal Injury, Employment and Workplace Mediation, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Mediators

Employment: Band 2
"Nigel's expertise is outstanding and his manner with clients is also excellent. He's very generous with his time and comes across as very reasonable and organised, which always helps to impress any judge on your case."
"Nigel Grundy has dealt with complex matters for our clients and his expertise and common-sense approach are second to none. He is our first choice and first port of call on all matters."

Chambers and Partners 2024

"You just cannot go wrong instructing Nigel. He is a great all-rounder, he knows the case inside out, he puts the opposing witnesses at ease, and he gets the best out of your own witnesses."

Legal 500 2024

"Nigel is extremely personable and an absolute expert in all things employment law and more. An outstanding barrister that calmly and confidently challenges the opposition, impresses clients and judges with his excellent advocacy skills and attention to detail. Nigel always goes above and beyond to assist instructing solicitors and clients."

Legal 500 2023

Employment (Northern Bar):
"He is very experienced, has an excellent style of delivery in the Employment Tribunal and manages the client very well." "He is very competent, technically knows his stuff, and is precise and to the point."

Chambers and Partners 2022

"Nigel is great with clients, makes them feel relaxed and inspires confidence. He is always well prepared and is a great advocate. He has a gentle manner but this belies the thoroughness of his cross examination. He is an extremely safe pair of hands and I trust him to do high quality work. I have no hesitation in recommending him to my clients and other colleagues who are looking for a high quality advocate."

Legal 500 2022

Employment (Northern Bar) Band 3
"Handles the full range of employment disputes for a variety of clients including NHS trusts, businesses, local authorities and clients from the education sector."

Chambers and Partners 2021

Employment: Leading Junior Band 1
"An extremely thorough and technical advocate."

Legal 500 2020

Professional Discipline (The Regions) Band 2
"Sometimes barristers don't respond, but he always does - he always gets back to us quickly and is available when we need him urgently."

Chambers and Partners 2020

Employment (Northern Bar) Band 3
"Nigel is calm, measured and thorough."

Chambers and Partners 2020

Employment – ranked Tier 1
“Her practice includes whistleblowing and unfair dismissal cases.

Legal 500 2019

Employment – ranked Tier 1
“A highly adept advocate who is a force to be reckoned with.”

Legal 500 2019

Employment – Northern (Bar): Leading Barrister (Band 1)
"Incredibly approachable, commercial and brilliant with clients."
"Extremely thorough."

Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2019

Professional Discipline – The Regions (Bar): Leading Barrister (Band 2)
"Good with clients and a skillful advocate."

Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2019

Employment – Northern (Bar): Leading Barrister (Band 3)
"Very knowledgeable and thorough."

Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2019

"He's a very experienced practitioner; he's a long-established, well-respected, capable advocate. He's an expert in the field."

Chambers and Partners 2018

"He is user-friendly, good with clients and a skilled advocate."

Chambers and Partners 2018

"He does a lot of disciplinary work against doctors and knows his stuff."

Chambers and Partners 2018

'Recommended for a range of employment matters.'

Legal 500, 2017

"He has experience of appearing in courts of all levels, including the Employment Tribunal, the EAT and the High Court"

Chambers and Partners 2017

“Particularly impresses in healthcare-related professional discipline matters.” “He is very sensible and sound practitioner.” “He is fair and easy to get on with – everything you need in a prosecutor.”

Chambers and Partners 2017

'Experienced in healthcare-related employment cases.'

Legal 500, 2016

"Handles the full range of employment disputes for a variety of clients including NHS trusts, businesses, local authorities and clients from the education sector. He has experience of appearing in courts of all levels, including the Employment Tribunal, the EAT and the High Court. 'He is extremely client-friendly.' 'He delivers concise legal arguments and is an effective advocate.' "

Chambers and Partners 2016

"Undertakes GMC fitness to practise hearings and appeals in the Administrative Court. He frequently acts on behalf of NHS Trusts and the Ambulance Service. 'He is very popular, well organised, a good advocate and a nice opponent to be against overall.' ' A well-known, well-liked, friendly and safe pair of hands.'"

Chambers and Partners 2015

"Covers the full spectrum of employment law and trade union matters and is often instructed at the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and High Court level. He typically acts for NHS trusts, universities, businesses and local authorities. 'He's conscious of creating the right impression and getting the Tribunal onside, which is as important as being technically competent.'"

Chambers and Partners 2016

"He is very well thought of and popular with solicitors."

Chambers & Partners 2015

"Able to assimilate information and whittle it down to the most salient points."

Legal 500 2014

"An experienced junior who has a strong practice in both employment law and professional discipline. He is widely praised by peers for his strong advocacy skills"

Chambers & Partners 2014

"demonstrates considerable talent"

Legal 500 2013

"Nigel Grundy is a 'client friendly' barrister who has built a truly multifaceted practice, covering both employment law and personal injury litigation... Nigel has also proven himself to be particularly adept at disciplinary work. He has appeared before sports and police regulatory bodies and also has notable experience of representing the GMC in fitness to practise hearings. As one commentator notes: 'He stands out for his ability to master large volumes of work in complex medical cases'."

Chambers & Partners 2013

'very client friendly'

Legal 500 2012

"Skilful and very well thought of"

Legal 500, 2011


Nigel Grundy

Nigel is a highly experienced, first-class advocate of some 40 years standing. He is recognised as a leading employment barrister. He is always completely prepared and can put the client at ease, safe in the knowledge that he can work in a thorough, thoughtful manner to obtain the best outcome wherever possible.

In addition to his client friendly manner, he is an incisive cross examiner whose calm presence works well with his strategic approach. Nigel has an ability to master and assimilate large volumes of information in complex cases. He is recognised in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 as a "leading Junior" and "highly rated".

Nigel is a regular keynote speaker at both employment and personal injury seminars.

Away from the Bar Nigel is a keen golfer and an avid supporter of Bolton Wanderers.


Employment (including Regulatory proceedings)
Personal Injury
Insurance Fraud

Nigel has built a truly multifaceted practice covering both employment law (including regulatory proceedings) and personal injury litigation, further details of which are set out in his employment CV, personal injury CV and fraud CV.

Nigel has sat as a Recorder in the Crown and County Courts since 2000. He acts also in a quasi-judicial capacity for many Universities upon disciplinary and grievance appeals.


Nigel Grundy is accredited by the Bar Council to accept instructions under the Direct Access Scheme.


Recorder of the Crown and County Courts
University Appeal Judge
Accredited by the General Medical Council to conduct Fitness to Practise Panel
Hearings and Hearings in Administrative Court
Accredited in the Equality and Human Rights Commission


Employment Lawyers Association,
Personal Injury Bar Association,
Professional Negligence Bar Association
Northern Chancery Bar Association


MA Jurisprudence, Pembroke College, Oxford

Prescribed Information

Nigel Grundy is a practising barrister, who is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Details of information held by the BSB about Nigel Grundy can be found here

Nigel's clerks will happily provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that he provides. Their contact details can be found for employment here and for personal injury here. It is most common for Nigel to represent clients in courts, tribunals, joint settlement meetings and mediations for a fixed brief fee plus refresher days fees. Likewise when he acts as a mediator or chair of an internal disciplinary or appeal panel he will usually charge a fixed brief fee plus refresher days fees. For advisory work, preparation of pleadings and court applications Nigel's work is usually charged at an hourly rate, but at the request of clients it can be performed for a fixed fee. Conditional Fee Agreements will be considered for Claimant personal injury work and clinical negligence cases. Nigel also accepts direct access work which is usually performed for a fixed fee. Nigel will return paperwork urgently if required but typically within 10-14 days, although professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect these approximate timescales.

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