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Courtney Step-Marsden

Courtney Step-Marsden

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Courtney joined Chambers in 2020 following the successful completion of her pupillage.  She is happy to accept instructions across all of Chambers’ areas of practice.  She is particularly interested in Employment Law, Court of Protection and Education work.  As a barrister with disabilities herself, Courtney is particularly interested in matters relating to disabilities, including disability discrimination.

Courtney is open to secondments, having recently been seconded to the Bank of England.  Courtney is also a member of the Attorney General’s Junior Junior Scheme.

During her pupillage, Courtney also gained experience in Disciplinary & Regulatory, Personal Injury, Private Client and International Work.

Courtney read Law at Somerville College, Oxford, where she won the prize for the highest performance in Law Moderations within her college. During her time at Somerville, Courtney was an active member of her Junior Common Room, acting as Disabilities Officer. This involved advocating for and promoting the needs of disabled students in college and in the larger Oxford community. She was also Undergraduate Representative for the Bodleian Libraries’ Disability Sub-Committee.

Employment & Discrimination

Courtney has been instructed on a variety of employment law matters, including discrimination matters, unfair dismissal, and TUPE matters.  She has been instructed by Advocate to advise and represent clients in the Employment Appeal Tribunal.  Recent matters have included:

  • Successfully representing a client in an unfair dismissal matter
  • Advising on redundancy situations and deductions in wages arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Advising on Fixed-Term Contracts
  • Representing and advising Claimants in Trade Union Detriment claims
  • Advising on disability discrimination claims

As a member of the Attorney General’s Junior Junior Scheme, Courtney has assisted in drafting witness statements and with disclosure.

As Naomi Ling’s pupil, Courtney was exposed to a variety of employment law matters, including unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing claims. Courtney also assisted Gus Baker in an employment dispute on whether the employment tribunal had territorial jurisdiction over a case. This involved complex matters of EU and domestic law.

Courtney has gained experience in pensions work, including Beckmann claims under TUPE and Courage fetters. Courtney accompanied and assisted Naomi Ling in Speed v Teachers Pensions and Department for Education [2019] EWHC 3108 (Chancery Division) which involved an appeal from the pensions ombudsman in relation to the Teachers Pensions Regulations 2010 for applications for ill health pensions.

Public Law

Courtney has experience in Court of Protection Matters, addressing the appointment of litigation friends, capacity and suitable placements.  As Claire van Overdijk’s pupil, Courtney also experienced matters relating to deputyship.

Courtney has an interest in Education Law, and has represented parents and Local Authorities in appeals of EHC Plans.


As Alex Haines’ pupil, Courtney has worked on cases on behalf of international civil servants who are victims of harassment. Courtney assisted in drafting documents for International Administrative Tribunals.

As Oliver Powell’s pupil, Courtney has undertaken legal research into the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA); in particular FCA authorisation and sanctions. She has focused on cross-border matters, including Mutual Legal Assistance treaties and Memoranda of Understandings that allow the FCA to obtain information from other jurisdictions. Further, she assisted with work on cross-border investigations involving tax fraud.

As Daniel Clarke’s pupil, Courtney experienced a wide range of matters related to personal injury and clinical negligence. In particular, Courtney was exposed to claims involving the Athens Convention (Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea, 1974) and claims brought under the Package Travel Regulations 1992. Courtney also experienced infant approval settlements and criminal injuries compensation claim work.

Courtney also assisted James Counsell QC in a High Court case involving historic sex abuse. The case involved the responsibility of English professional football clubs for sexual abuse committed on young footballers in their charge (DSN v Blackpool Football Club [2020] EWHC 595 (QB)).


  • Hebe Plunkett Scholar (Gray’s Inn – 2018-2019)
  • Highest mark in Professional Ethics (University of Law – 2019)
  • Highest mark in Law Moderations (Somerville College -2016)

Courtney Step-Marsden 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.

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