dale martin

“A highly regarded junior who often acts as lead counsel in urgent injunctive relief applications. His impressive courtroom presence was highlighted by multiple interviewees.” “Dale is tactically astute and his legal analysis is clear and thorough. He is personable, approachable and reassuring to clients." "He is able to explain complex issues succinctly to the court." Chambers & Partners 2014

Dale is a "personable and able communicator" who is "incredibly diligent" and is "able to grasp complex and specialised issues very quickly" Chambers & Partners 2013

Dale “really works as part of a team with instructing solicitors, who commend him for being "a master of his papers," and "very good at delivering difficult messages to clients." Chambers & Partners 2011/12

“Dale Martin is making a name for himself by “making even the most difficult cases look easy.” The consummate professional, Martin “pays close attention to detail, provides decisive and robust advice and is robust and unflappable in court.”” Chambers & Partners 2010/11

"bright and grasps complex issues very quickly": Legal 500 2010/11

Dale Martin is one of the UK's top juniors specialising in employment law. Much in demand, Dale has recently featured in several high profile cases, both in his own right and led by silks within Chambers and from other sets. Increasingly instructed by blue chip firms, Dale's practice continues to go from strength to strength.

Ranked for a number of years by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 as a leading employment practitioner, Dale has been led by numerous silks both within and outside of Chambers. He has a broadly based practice with a focus on injunctions, restrictive covenant matters, bonuses, fiduciary duties, discrimination, working time and equal pay. For a full list of reported cases, see Dale’s CV.

Recent work:

  • Having successfully resisted an injunction at the interim stage, Dale acted for the Defendants at trial in the restrictive covenant dispute in Romero Insurance Brokers Ltd v. Templeton [2013] EWHC 1198 (Sir Raymond Jack sitting as a High Court Judge).  The case dealt with the correct test for repudiatory breach of contract, the alleged right to work prior to termination of employment and the approach to be taken to the enforceability of the covenants in the context of the insurance industry. The trial figured heavily in the insurance press;
  • In 2013, Dale defended a search order and has acted for a claimant in a multi-party financial services injunction application. He has recently defended injunction proceedings brought against an employee recently engaged by a new business of a TV celebrity entrepreneur. This follows on from Dale’s representation of the successful claimant (led by David Reade QC) in the landmark springboard injunction and team move case of QBE v. Dymoke [2012] EWHC 80, [2012] EWHC 116, [2012] IRLR 458 (Haddon-Cave J);
  • Dale is involved in a number of high value training levy disputes. In 2013, Dale successfully resisted an employment training levy appeal first in the Employment Tribunal and then before Edwards-Stuart J in Online Design & Engineering Ltd v. Engineering Construction Industry Training Board [2013] EWHC 287. He has now successfully resisted four appeals brought by the Appellant concerned (see also [2010] EWHC 2776 (Ouseley J)). Dale remains instructed in employment training levy litigation with a value of many millions of pounds;
  • Dale is currently defending around 300 working time and associated claims brought in the Employment Tribunal for a major construction and highways company, many with TUPE complications and all of them relying on the recent ECJ ruling of BA v. Williams;
  • Dale continues to act in relation to many high-profile discrimination matters. In 2013, Dale is acting for a number of law firms defending their own claims. Dale was also retained to act for a leading broadcaster defending a much-publicised discrimination case brought by two former editors. The case was broadly reported in the national newspapers;
  • Dale continues to be involved in multi-claimant equal pay litigation in local authorities across the UK. His most recent appearance in the EAT on such matters was in Brett v. Hampshire County Council.