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What the directories say:
"known for his incisive cross examination" (Legal 500)
"Knows employment law like the back of his hand" (Chambers & partners).

Declan acts for individuals and organisations. He specialises in employment cases, discrimination, data protection, human rights and judicial review. He is on the Equality and Human Rights Commission's "A Panel" of approved counsel. He has done many leading cases in discrimination law at all levels of the judicial system. He has represented the Gurkhas in their fight for equal pension rights was counsel in the first age discrimination cases in the UK to reach the Supreme Court and the EU Court. He helped write the Statutory Codes on Equality law which courts and tribunals must take into account in cases relating to goods and services discrimination.

He helps clients to prepare their information for presentation to a direct access barrister so that they get the most out of it (see his Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk9YCqg9cazIdD12poqG5kw). You will also find his talks on bringing a claim for judicial review, discrimination, employment tribunal cases, whistleblowing, employment injunctions, the duties of company directors, the employment tribunal rules, and data protection amongst others.

He believes that you benefit most from a lawyer who advises you clearly at each step so that you can make your own decisions on what to do, knowing that you have the best available advice behind you.

Clients have described him as "absolutely brilliant" with difficult opposition, and he has been described by the legal directory, Chambers & Partners, as "reassuringly experienced and very good with clients".

He is able to take work in the Scottish Employment Tribunals. He sits as a part time fee paid employment judge in Newcastle Region (and therefore cannot take employment tribunal cases from this region ). The travel distance given above reflects his willingness to attend hearings in Scotland. He also makes use of technology to facilitate contact with you, so conferences can be held on Skype or the phone if you wish.

He provides materials to you so that you can understand the next step you have to take when you are working your way through to a hearing before the tribunals or the courts.

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