"personable and able communicator" who is "incredibly diligent" and "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 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, discrimination, equal pay, TUPE, restrictive covenant matters and fiduciary duties of directors and senior employees. For a full list of reported cases, see Dale’s CV.
- In early 2012, Dale, led by David Reade QC, obtained judgment in their client’s favour in a 12 day team move springboard injunction trial, with indemnity costs. The case resulted in the first known order for final springboard relief consequent upon breaches of employees’ duties of fidelity and breaches of fiduciary duty whilst in employment. They had already been successful in obtaining two interim injunctions prior to trial. See QBE has now been reported at  IRLR 458. QBE v. Dymoke  EWHC 80 and  EWHC 116. Dale has worked on many other restrictive covenant and team move injunction cases in recent months, both as sole counsel and with leaders;
- In June/July 2012, Dale defended injunction proceedings brought against an employee recently engaged by a new business of a TV celebrity entrepreneur;
- Also in June/July 2012, Dale advised an employer in relation to a freezing order injunction concerning frauds carried out by two of its employees over a period of many years.
- Dale continues to act in relation to many high-profile discrimination matters. Recently, Dale acted 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 is currently involved in employment training levy litigation with a value of many millions of pounds. In December 2011, Dale appeared in a six day Employment Tribunal appeal in relation to employment training levies in excess of £350,000. Following the cross-examination of 13 witnesses, judgment was given in favour of his client. Dale also advised the Board in relation to amendments to be made to legislation relating to its constitution and governing its revenue raising powers and duties. Dale continues to act on other matters for the Board running to many millions of pounds in terms of total liability;
- 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
- In July 2011, Dale appeared before Burton J in the Commercial Court in relation to a claim of fraudulent misrepresentation arising out of a share purchase agreement. The Purchaser alleged wholesale fabrication of financial data and obtained a freezing injunction.
- Dale continues to advise and act on various TUPE matters.