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Advocate is a charity that connects volunteer barristers with those who require free legal assistance. This ensures that those who cannot afford legal assistance can still receive justice.
Yet another three of Outer Temple‘s barristers have completed the ‘25 for 25: Pro Bono Challenge’ ran by Advocate. This challenge requires barristers to complete a total of 25 hours of pro bono work between June 2021 – June 2022.
We are pleased to announce that: Naomi Cunningham has completed 86 hours since last May, Will Young has completed around 115 hours since last June, and Bianca Venkata has completed 30 hours since last July.
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Naomi Cunningham has specialised in employment and discrimination law throughout her career, accepting instructions in goods and services discrimination as well as in the full range of employment matters.
Over the last couple of years, Naomi has developed a niche expertise in gender reassignment discrimination, the interaction between the Equality Act and the Gender Recognition Act, the single-sex exceptions in the Equality Act and the public sector equality duty. As a result she has a growing interest in public law in these areas. She gave evidence to the Women and Equalities Select Committee on reform of the GRA in February 2021, and was instructed in Fair Play For Women’s judicial review of ONS guidance on the sex question in the 2021 Census.
Naomi is happy to act as an independent investigator or decision-maker in workplace disciplinary or grievance proceedings. She has acted in matters involving highly sensitive allegations, and has been praised for her clarity and balance.
Naomi has written a popular and practical guide to employment tribunal proceedings, Employment Tribunal Claims: tactics and precedents, now in its 4th edition. A review in the ELA Briefing said “Every employment lawyer (including the tribunal judiciary) will learn something of value from reading this book.”
Naomi blogs regularly on the law at www.legalfeminist.org.uk.
His personal injury practice increasingly consists of catastrophic brain and spinal injury cases, in which he is a well-regarded junior, working with a number of silks in chambers, and with some of the leading national firms. His cases as sole counsel involve a wide range of multi-track personal injury actions in the County Court and High Court. He also appears at inquests, and has a particular interest in personal injury claims with a cross-border aspect to them.
His clinical negligence practice encompasses a range of claims, from surgical negligence to delayed diagnosis, acting for Claimants and Defendants.
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 his personal injury experience assists him to bring to this work both particular expertise and sensitivity towards often very vulnerable Claimants.
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, practical, 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.
Bianca Venkata accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice including pensions, commercial litigation, probate, employment & discrimination, financial services, and international related matters.
Bianca is noted by Legal 500 as a Rising Star for her employment work.
Her advocacy experience includes High Court and Employment Appeal Tribunal hearings, County Court hearings and multiday Employment Tribunal work.
She is a former solicitor, having qualified at Magic Circle firm Slaughter and May in 2012. Prior to starting pupillage, Bianca was a judicial assistant to the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas at the Court of Appeal from April to July 2014. She was a research assistant at the Law Commission in the Common Law and Commercial Team in 2013-2014. She undertook a stage at the European Court of Human Rights in 2012.
Bianca speaks advanced German, and French.
Bianca is licensed to undertake public access work.
To find out more, contact Matt Sale +44 (0)20 7427 4910 for a confidential discussion.
News 6 Jun, 2022