Dale Martin was appointed Queen’s Counsel in March 2019.
He is one of the UK’s leading specialists in employment and commercial law. He is often instructed in appeals, in business-critical injunctive cases, in long-running multi-claimant litigation, and in cases concerning high net worth individuals. With a keen attention to detail and a compelling advocacy style, Dale has a formidable reputation. Dale’s team skills, his responsiveness and his reliability to work to deadlines are also highly valued amongst instructing solicitors.
Ranked for a number of years by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 as a leading employment practitioner, Dale’s practice encompasses injunctions, restrictive covenant matters, bonuses, fiduciary duties, contractual disputes, discrimination, TUPE and in mass-claimant litigation in the fields of working time and equal pay.
“He masters the detail and gives good, sound, incredibly commercial advice.” “Very sharp-witted, clear and great with clients.” Chambers & Partners 2020
“Dale is technically brilliant and his legal knowledge is outstanding.” Legal 500 2019/20
“Intelligent, strategic and extremely persuasive as an advocate.” “Approachable and client-friendly.” “His attention to detail is excellent.”Chambers & Partners 2019
“An excellent advocate who unfailingly produces first-class work.” Legal 500 2018/19
“An outstanding counsel with a reassuringly forensic approach. He has an exceptional ability to immerse himself in the detail of each case and his advocacy is superb.” Chambers & Partners 2018
“Phenomenal, fearless, intelligent and strategic.” Legal 500 2017/18
“Very commercial barrister who is well liked and respected by clients. He is very switched-on and provides a terrific service.” Chambers & Partners 2017
“Well versed in complex and high-value multi-claimant litigation and has a growing reputation in injunctive and appellate proceedings. He is also known by his peers for his expertise in holiday pay claims.” Chambers & Partners 2017
Dale’s work in the last six months includes:
- Appearing at the Court of Appeal following a successful three-day appeal to the EAT on requirements for presentation of multiple claims in the context of over 1000 equal pay claims against Dale’s supermarket client. Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd v. Ahmed  ICR 921
- Acting for a top flight French football club both at first instance and on appeal in a Brussels Recast jurisdictional dispute concerning a £4m claim against the club, arising out of the alleged enticement away from the claimant of its new manager. Letang v. Stade Rennais
- Acting in a 15 day civil fraud trial arising out of a Share Purchase Agreement with the director and former owner of the business and a related conspiracy with a senior employee. Potential £1m+ impact on SPA depending on trial outcome. Judgment awaited. Reader v. Spie Ltd
- Appearing twice at the EAT on an appeal in a working time/holiday pay multiple concerning strike out for failure to comply with an unless order. Cunning v. Amey Services Ltd