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Joshua joined Chambers in 2020 following the successful completion of his pupillage. He is happy to accept instructions across all of Chambers’ areas of practice and is also a member of the Attorney General’s Junior Junior Scheme.

Education and Previous Experience

Joshua completed a BA (Hons) in Law (2013-2016), in which he received a Double First, and an LLM (2016-17), in which he obtained a First, at Downing College, University of Cambridge. During the course of his studies, Joshua pursued his interests in public law and human rights law as a research intern at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in 2016. He was also a research assistant to Shaheed Fatima QC in 2017 for the final report of the Inquiry on Protecting Children in Conflict.

Following his legal studies, Joshua worked at the Court of Appeal as the Judicial Assistant to Sir Terence Etherton, Master of the Rolls from 2017 to 2018. Whilst at the Court of Appeal, Joshua worked on a wide variety of cases involving, among other things, commercial law, professional discipline law, public law, human rights law, personal injury law and civil procedure. He also helped prepare research for lectures on a range of legal topics.

Joshua was awarded the Lord Denning Scholarship and Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship from Lincoln’s Inn and an Excellence Award from BPP University to study the BPTC (2018-19), where he received an Outstanding. He was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 2019.

Whilst completing the BPTC, Joshua also supervised undergraduate students in Administrative Law at Newnham College, University of Cambridge for the 2018/19 academic year.


Employment & Discrimination

Joshua is developing a varied practice covering all aspects of employment and discrimination law, as well as related areas of commercial law. He has previous experience in matters involving: unfair dismissal claims; whistleblowing claims; discrimination law; claims involving human rights law; group action equal pay claims; TUPE claims; restrictive covenants; and internal investigations. The following examples are representative of Joshua’s recent instructions:

  • Advising an employer on liability for inducing breach of contract in respect of a new employee’s post-termination restrictive covenants arising from his previous employment.
  • Advising a suspended local authority employee on the merits of claims for failure to make reasonable adjustments, direct and indirect race discrimination, victimisation and harassment.
  • Successfully representing the claimant in a one-day preliminary hearing to determine whether his mental and physical medical conditions amounted to a disability for the purposes of disability discrimination and reasonable adjustment claims.
  • Drafting amended details of claim for claims in health and safety detriment, automatically unfair health and safety dismissal, and ordinary unfair dismissal.
  • Advising on the merits of a constructive unfair dismissal claim by a former employee of a local authority.
  • Advising on an employee’s contractual obligations to disclose to his employer an external interest in a new start-up company.

As a pupil, Joshua was supervised by both Naomi Ling and David E Grant, gaining experience in a wide range of employment law work, including work on the following matters:

  • Assisted Naomi Ling (as a pupil) in a discrimination claim concerning armed forces service complaints under the Armed Forces Act 2006.
  • Assisted David E Grant (as a pupil) in a case concerning an employee’s dismissal for disclosure of confidential information being litigated in parallel arbitration and employment tribunal proceedings.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR)
  • Industrial Law Society (ILS)
  • Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA)
  • The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn


  • Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn) (2019)
  • Lord Denning Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn) (2018)
  • BPP Excellence Award (BPP Law School) (2017)
  • Senior Harris Scholar (Downing College, University of Cambridge) (2016 and 2017)
  • Kathryn Wilsey & Keith W Lerch Book Prize for Law (Downing College, University of Cambridge) (2016 and 2017)
  • Foundation Scholar of Downing College (2016) (Downing College, University of Cambridge)
  • Littleton Chambers Prize for Labour Law (Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge) (2016)
  • Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn) (2016)
  • Rebecca Flower Squire Scholarship (Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge) (2014, 2015 and 2016)
  • Harris Book Prize (Downing College, University of Cambridge) (2015)
  • Kathryn Wilsey & Keith W Lerch Scholarship for Law (Downing College, University of Cambridge) (2014 and 2015)
  • Seton Cavendish Book Prize (Downing College, University of Cambridge) (2014)

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