ProfileONE OF 10 MOSTLY HIGHLY REGARDED EMPLOYMENT QCs
Caspar is recognised by 2017 Who's Who Legal as one of the 10 most highly regarded employment QCs in England and Wales. He advises on contentious disputes and is a trial and appellate lawyer with a national reputation. Caspar is variously described by Chambers 2017 as a "well established silk" and a "Scintillatingly good QC with a razor sharp brain". He is ranked by all 3 of the leading Directories as a Leading Silk in both of his primary fields of Employment and Sports’ law.
A COURT QC
They speak with one voice of his courtroom skills describing him in the 2017 Chambers as "a highly capable barrister who has exceptional court presence, he commands the courtroom" and is someone who has "outstanding cross examination skills" and in the 2016 Chambers and Partners not only as "a formidable court performer" but also as being "Well known for his imposing courtroom presence and the skill he displays when on his feet". This builds on previous descriptions of Caspar as "a masterful courtroom lawyer who excels when handling difficult litigation" (Chambers & Partners 2015) and Chambers and Partners 2014 which includes a testimonial that "I regard him as one of the best trial advocates I've ever used. He's incredibly difficult to beat in court." and confirm that he is an "acclaimed trial lawyer."
A LEADING EMPLOYMENT QC
In respect of his Employment Sports' work Chambers 2017 describes him as a "fantastic contractual lawyer" and confirm his "adeptness in high profile discrimination cases" with the Directories having described him as an an "intellectual heavyweight" , “consistently brilliant”, “scintillatingly intellectual”, “fiendishly brilliant” and “a superb all rounder”. He “offers excellent analytical skills and attention to detail”, is a “stickler for detail” leading one edition to call him “The amazing Caspar Glyn”. Caspar has “particular expertise in defending very lengthy, complex discrimination claims” and a “particular expertise in complex and high-value discrimination claims involving race, sex and disability, as well as unfair dismissal matters” whose “high-profile cases include those relating to age, sexual orientation, disability, sex and race discrimination.” The 2016 Chambers & Partners describe him as "a clever man, who is very diligent" and the 2015 edition of the Legal 500 describe him as "very hardworking, tenacious and analytical."
The Directories have noted that Caspar "is acknowledged by sources for his burgeoning employee relations practice". As a past Chair of the Industrial Law Society with its constituency of trades unions, employing organisations, lawyers representing both employees and employers, judges and academics Caspar is one of the very few lawyers is retained both by unions and employers in industrial disputes - confirmed by Chambers 2017 which notes that Caspar "has expertise in industrial relations and is regularly instructed by both trade union and employers" - which can often lead to favourable outcomes.
A LEADING SPORTS' QC
Of his Sports work the 2017 Chambers writes that "he really is rising fast" and that he is "well regarded for his work on employment contract disputes for clubs and individuals". Legal 500 writes that he "gives confident and clear advice" "Highly regarded for cases involving an employment, contractual or regulatory element." The Directories write that Caspar "is well regarded by peers for his employment expertise, especially in relation to football. He specialises in acting on regulatory and contractual disputes for managers, players and senior executives" “is developing a considerable following in the sports field” and has “strong technical analysis”. The 2014 Chambers said that "he doesn't just bring grit and determination to a case, he also brings innovative and highly effective argument". The Directories have said that "he is a lively and knowledgeable advocate, and brings a practical real-world view, which is important in sport", “has a tremendous grasp of the subtleties of the football world, and understands perfectly how to translate his legal advice to that world”. His approach is described as this “most effervescent of individuals is a lawyer who brings real brio to a case” and who is “hard-fighting, yet honourable and courteous.”
AN ADVOCATE QC
As to his advocacy the Directories have written that Caspar is "a tenacious advocate", "a great cross-examiner", "an excellent and skilled cross-examiner", "exudes authority and impresses sources with his forceful and well-prepared approach", that he is “fearsome in court”, “superlative in his presentation and his cross-examination is masterful”, “demonstrates cross-examination skill worthy of Rumpole of the Bailey” is “wholly reliable and formidable in trials, especially during cross-examination” and is “an excellent cross-examiner.” Caspar has conducted appeals as lead or sole counsel at every level including before the Supreme Court. Most recently Chambers 2017 noted his "outstanding cross examination skills"
A FIGHTING QC
The Directories reflect the value that Caspar places, subject to his duty to the Court, of fighting his clients’ corner. The Directories have rated him “for his tenacity” and have described him as “tenacious and dogged not mincing his words and fighting hard in court”, “a tenacious barrister”, "a tenacious advocate", “a real fighter”, “good for a fight” and “good for a case with fight” and “extremely robust”. Chambers said that "He is pugnacious. Suitably aggressive, he will fight his client's corner, and won't be cowed by names on the panel."
A TEAM QC
In terms of his approach to clients and working as part of a team Chambers 2017 puts it simply that "Clients love him" but then goes on to say that "clients laud his high level of service and his approachability especially valuing his pragmatic approach to difficult cases" and that he "fills the client with confidence" and that he is "enthusiastic, intelligent and great to work with". The Directories have also said that Caspar is "a pleasure to work with", "is liked by clients", is "great with clients", "offers superb client service", is “shrewd and client-friendly”, that he makes “a worthy contribution to any legal team”, is “responsive to solicitors’ demands” and is “transparent on fees”. Your client can be reassured that he is a barrister who "gets stuck in". The Chambers & Partners 2015 edition describes the benefit of involving Caspar early in litigation as "He is such a great trial lawyer that right from the outset the advice is focused on obtaining a favourable outcome."
Caspar was Chair of the Industrial Law Society from 2013-2015. He is a trained mediator. He sits as a Chairman of Football Association Arbitration Panels. His practice covers the whole width of the employment relationship, contractual (including injunctive relief) and regulatory sports’ disputes and other linked contractual and commercial claims including civil fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. His work generally affects hundreds / thousands of employees, sets national precedents, are test cases, are of very high value, seriously affect the reputations of other employees or owners or the business itself or are a combination of these. Examples of the type of cases that Caspar has acted in are set out on his Chambers website http://www.cloisters.com/barristers/caspar-glyn-qc or his personal website casparglyn.com.
Caspar works for both employers and employees. He has worked for organizations such as large FTSE Plcs, banks, international partnerships, hedge funds, Premier League and Championship football clubs through to family businesses. His individual clients include Financial Services Professionals, Premier League footballers and coaches, Chief Executives and main Board members, partners in professional sector firms such as lawyers and accountants all the way through to catering workers on the minimum wage. Caspar also fulfils a pro-bono commitment - in 2017 representing a Union in a worker test case in the "gig economy".
Caspar has a particular experience in claims involving the financial sector for both sides which engage and touch on FCA / PRA matters (he is described by Who's Who Legal 2015 as an "expert on claims in the financial sector"). He has represented institutions facing the largest single employment claim in the UK (more than £30 million) and, on the other side has represented senior bankers involved in LIBOR and other claims including bonuses and options achieving six and seven figure settlements. Caspar also has a special interest in injuries arising from the employment relationship such as psychiatric / stress claims or other occupational diseases caused by asbestos, ergonomics, work equipment and co-authors the personal injury pleadings in Bullen & Leake.
AN ACKNOWLEDGED EXPERT
Caspar is frequently invited to lecture at National Conferences throughout England, Wales and Scotland as well as to Employment Judges in Scotland. He lectures on a wide variety of topics which reflect his deep knowledge of and passion for the law as it applies to work. In 2016 he lectured twice at the Employment Lawyers' Association Annual Conference on Employment Status as well as a lecture on Employment Status to the Industrial Law Society Annual Conference, a Legal Update to the Scottish Discrimination Law Association conference, whistleblowing lectures both to the Employment Law Group and also to the Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet. In 2015 he delivered lectures on Working Time in the 22QCs lecture series, Holiday Pay to the Scottish Employment Judges as well as a myriad of other national conferences such as SJ Live 2015. He has spoken previously to the Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference 2014, the Scottish Discrimination Law Association 2014, the Equality and Human Rights Commission Discrimination Law in 2013 and the Justice Human Rights Law Conference 2012.
Caspar has had a longstanding expertise in Working Time / Holiday Pay and the National Minimum Wage which was noted by Chambers and Partners 2016. It is reflected by invitations from Michael Rubenstein to speak on the subject in the 22 QCs lecture series in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and in the Hot Issues Series in Employment Law 2013 & 2012. Caspar's expertise on working time and the linked issue of holiday pay is recognised by the Employment Lawyers' Association who invited him to address their Annual Conference on the Topic in 2014 and to a plenary London meeting in 2015. His views on employment and sports' issues are also sought by news organisations from the BBC to Sky where he has appeared on BBC One main news bulletins, The BBC News Channel, BBC Radio 4 The Today Programme, BBC Radio 4 The World at One, BBC Radio 4 Unreliable Evidence with Clive Anderson, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Show as well as the Sky News channel.
Caspar writes for Funding for Independent Schools and is invited by the Employment Lawyers' Association to contribute to their journal and writes for Bullen & Leake (the practitioner's work for statements of case). Examples of his work are set out below. Caspar accepts work directly from both members of the public and companies.
Caspar was educated at Ludgrove School, Eton College and at Manchester University where he set up a Debating Society and won the SJ Berwin Law Scholarship. Before qualifying as a Barrister at 23 he worked as a Summer Associate in a leading San Francisco law firm, as a bus boy on Miami beach, a labourer on building sites in London, a bar man in a Chinese Restaurant, cared for patients as an auxiliary nurse in Calcutta, sold ice creams in Hyde Park and taught skiing in the Chilean Andes. Caspar is married to a successful criminal barrister who is also a QC. They have three children. He is a qualified Rugby Union Referee, Coach and former Coaching Coordinator at his Rugby Club. He is a long time season ticket holder at Stamford Bridge.
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