Dale Martin QC 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. Dale is a natural trial and appellate advocate but uses his strategic insight, commercial judgement and tactical nous to position cases for favourable settlement where this achieves his clients’ objectives.
Ranked for a number of years by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 as a leading employment practitioner, Dale’s practice encompasses injunctions, restrictive covenant and confidential information disputes, bonuses, fiduciary duties, shareholder disputes, contractual disputes, statutory claims including discrimination, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal, TUPE, trade union litigation, internal investigations and mediation/ADR. He also specialises in class-action litigation in the fields of equal pay and working time.
“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
“Very commercial barrister who is well liked and respected by clients. He is very switched-on and provides a terrific service.” Chambers & Partners 2017
Dale’s recent work 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 Asda Stores Ltd v. Brierley  ICR 910. Dale also appeared at the EAT in 2020 in an appeal concerning the requirements for making amendments in tribunal proceedings. Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd v. Ahmed
- Acting in a 15 day breach of fiduciary duty/alleged civil fraud trial arising out of a Share Purchase Agreement with the director and former owner of the business and an alleged related conspiracy with a senior employee. Following Judgment and costs being awarded in his client’s favour (2020), Dale is now instructed on two appeals, one on the issue of informed consent in the context of breach of fiduciary duty, one on the requirements of Part 36 Offers. He is also acting and has appeared at the High Court in a related £1m+ claim of misrepresentation and mistake in respect of earn out consideration paid pursuant to the SPA . Reader v. Spie Ltd; Spie UK Ltd v. Garside
- Appearing in the Queen’s Bench Division on behalf of a leading Foreign Exchange company and obtaining an injunction to enforce garden leave, post-termination restraints, springboard relief, protection of confidential information and forensic imagining of computer data. FairFX plc Malik & others (2019)
- Appearing at a successful mediation of a highly complex and long running multi-million pound computer software dispute (2019)
- Acting in the Chancery Division for a company resisting an injunction application brought by a minority shareholder in aid of Part 8 construction proceedings following her husband’s dismissal as a director and employee and the application of bad leaver provisions. Glass v. Previse Ltd (2019)
- Advising a number of employers about various business-critical issues related to the Coronavirus pandemic
- 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