Paul is a civil practitioner specialising in Employment & Discrimination/Harassment, and Public Inquiries.
His work includes both written and oral advocacy in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, Employment Tribunal, County Courts, and in Public Inquiry hearings. He also advices on a wide range of employment and discrimination issues and has been continuously instructed as Counsel to the Inquiry on at least one Public Inquiry since beginning tenancy.
Paul was appointed to the C Panel of the Attorney General’s Counsel to the Crown in 2020 and undertakes public law work in his areas of specialism.
He is ranked as a Leading Junior in Inquests and Inquiries by both the Legal 500 and by Chambers & Partners guides, in which he is described as an “Extremely bright and gifted barrister” and as “the best junior you can ask for”.
Paul studied law at the University of Cambridge, where he received a Senior Honorary Exhibition. He continues to play football regularly and follows his beloved Celtic from afar.
Paul regularly acts and advises in a range of Employment Tribunal claims and other employment matters.
He is regularly instructed to advise or represent large companies, SMEs, local authorities, individuals, charities and trade unions across a variety of sectors – including telecommunications, transport, healthcare, housing, retail, energy and education.
Paul is currently instructed on behalf of the Claimants in the landmark Asda equal pay litigation – the largest ever such claim against a private employer. He was Junior Counsel for the Claimants when one aspect of the case was heard the Supreme Court in the summer of 2020, and the case remains ongoing.
He has also appeared in a number of Employment Appeal Tribunal cases, those being:
His caseload also includes acting in full merits hearings and preliminary hearings, advice, negotiations, and drafting. For example, Paul has appeared in multi-day Tribunal hearings on the following issues:
He has also advised on, negotiated in, and appeared at preliminary hearings on various TUPE-related matters, territorial jurisdiction, sexual orientation discrimination and harassment, sex discrimination and harassment, religious discrimination and harassment, whistleblowing detriment and dismissal, holiday pay, liability for acts of agency workers, pregnancy discrimination and sexual harassment.
Additionally, he has:
Given Paul’s extensive experience in both employment law and Public Inquiries, he is ideally suited to carrying out internal investigations and inquiries. He has experience appearing in Scottish Tribunals and prior to joining Outer Temple, Paul worked in the Employment Team at BT Legal, where he represented the company in around 20 Employment Tribunal cases.
Paul has been continuously instructed in public inquiries since the very beginning of his tenancy and therefore has significant experience.
He is currently instructed as Junior Counsel to the UK Covid-19 Inquiry, which has been set up to examine the UK’s response to and impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and learn lessons for the future.
He is also instructed as Junior Counsel to the Brook House Inquiry. This is a public inquiry into the mistreatment of individuals who were detained at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre in 2017, set up following a Panorama broadcast in September 2017. Paul’s role included questioning a large number of witnesses, as well as strategic planning and advice to the Chair.
Paul was, for several years, working on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the largest Public Inquiry ever in the UK at that time. He was instructed as Junior Counsel to the Inquiry on three different strands:
He was also instructed for three years as Junior Counsel to the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, which investigated the abuse of children in Jersey’s care system over many years.
Paul’s role in these public inquiries has involved inquisitorial advocacy, oral submissions, drafting, strategy, providing advice and analysing millions of pages of documentary evidence.
Paul Livingston is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.
“Paul is the best junior you can ask for. He gets to grips with very complicated material very quickly.”
Inquests & Public Inquiries, Chambers and Partners 2023
"Extremely bright and gifted barrister, with paper advocacy skills that are very good."
Inquests and Inquires, Legal 500 2023
"Paul turns work around quickly and always ensures that he understands the wider context of the subject matter."
Inquests & inquiries, Legal 500 2022
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