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Will Young

Will Young

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Will’s main areas of work are personal injury, clinical negligence and employment law, as well as professional discipline.

Will is regularly instructed in a wide range of multi-track personal injury actions in the County Court and High Court, as well as more specifically in clinical negligence cases. He is instructed by both Claimants and Defendants, which he strongly believes enables him to provide a better service to clients on either side of personal injury litigation (though he tends to act more often for Claimants). He also appears at inquests. He also has an interest in, and experience of, personal injury claims with a cross-border aspect to them (and other claims involving a conflict of laws).

Although he acts as sole counsel in the majority of his cases, Will also has extensive experience of working with a leader. He has acted as a junior to a number of more senior members of chambers, in particular on a number of recent cases with Gerard McDermott QC.

Will also appears in the Employment Tribunal on a regular basis, representing both Claimants and Respondents, as well as in the Employment Appeal Tribunal. He is regularly instructed in multi-day discrimination, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal cases, amongst others.

Within the employment sphere Will has a particular interest in claims involving psychiatric injury, in which his personal injury practice gives him particular expertise. He has acted in a number of recent cases involving claims of significant psychiatric injury caused by discrimination at work, and brings to this work both particular expertise and sensitivity towards often very vulnerable Claimants.

In addition, and complementing these areas of practice, Will also has an interest in Regulatory and Disciplinary Law, in particular medical disciplinary proceedings. He has appeared on behalf of registrants before the GMC and other professional disciplinary tribunals, in particular the NMC (as well as acting as a case presenter).

Will is of the view that his different areas of practice compliment each other, and the experience he has gained in each area is very often of benefit to his clients in the other areas.

Will is a tenacious advocate both orally and on paper, able to grasp complex factual situations quickly and to present arguments persuasively. He takes pride in providing advice that is thorough and on time, and always maintains a focus on his clients’ needs and priorities.

Will studied Modern History at Oxford University, before completing his Graduate Diploma in Law. He is a Lord Denning Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn. He was a Pegasus Scholar to Washington DC in 2012. Outside of the law his interests are history; politics; music; and sport, rowing in particular, having twice coxed the Great Britain Under 18 VIII at the Junior World Championships, as well as the Oxford reserve boat in the 2004 Boat Race.

Employment & Discrimination

Will appears regularly in the Employment Tribunal (acting both for Claimants and Respondents), as well as the Employment Appeal Tribunal. He also provides written advice and drafts pleadings when required.

Will has a particular interest in employment cases involving allegations of psychiatric injury caused by discrimination, often in high-pressure “city”, financial services, or similar employment. His personal injury experience is extremely valuable in this area, since it has given him both familiarity with medical expert evidence and skill at handling experts (to a greater extent than is usual in Employment Tribunal litigation), but also sensitivity towards often very vulnerable Claimants. He has a number of on-going cases involving these kind of issues, and has advised at an early stage on both stress-at-work claims in the civil courts and claims in the Employment Tribunal for personal injury flowing from discrimination. It is not uncommon in these kind of cases for Will to be instructed opposite more experienced counsel, including QCs.

He has a very broad experience of employment disputes, however, ranging from small private companies to large national and international employers, both public and private sector, and including in the field of financial services. He is particularly interested in discrimination and whistle-blowing claims of all types, and has a significant amount of experience in his field.

He also has experience of employment and employment-type claims in the civil courts; two recent examples being: advising a senior consultant in the healthcare field working in the Middle East in relation to claims for sums due under his contract of employment; and advising directors of a media company on an injunction to restrain a former employee from making unauthorised use of intellectual property owned by the company.

Notable cases include:

  • Two current Tribunal claims involving employees of, respectively, a major international bank and a well-known multinational professional services firm, both alleging that they have suffered significant psychiatric injury as a result of discrimination. Listed for 15 and 12 day hearings in 2021, respectively. He also has current cases involving employees of law firms making similar allegations.
  • Rana v London Borough of Ealing [2018] – Court of Appeal case (in which Will was instructed as sole counsel) giving guidance on the correct approach to applications for extensions of the time limit for appeals to the EAT where the ET’s judgment has not been sent to one of the parties.
  • Prasad v Epsom & St Helier NHS (2019) – successful appeal to the EAT overturning the dismissal of the Claimant’s claim for harassment on grounds of sex. The Respondent was represented by a QC, and permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal was sought.
  • Taylor v Ladbrokes [2017] IRLR 312 – successful EAT appeal against dismissal of claim for disability discrimination, relating to question of whether the Claimant’s diabetes was a “progressive condition”.

Publications – in 2016 Will co-edited, along with Emily Gordon Walker, the Tolleys Employment Law Service chapter on Absence from Work

Will is a member of ELA and ELBA.

Appointments & Memberships

  • APIL
  • ELA
  • PIBA

Awards

  • Lord Denning Scholar (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Pegasus Scholar (2012)

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Testimonials


“He provides clear, pragmatic advice, and is particularly strong in advising on employment matters where there is an overlap with personal injury.” Employment, Legal 500 2021

“He has impeccable attention to detail and will go the extra mile to provide advice.” Travel, Legal 500 2021

“He is attentive, efficient, delivers on time and gets on extremely well with clients – showing sympathy to their case.” Employment, Legal 500 2020

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