Essex Court’s employment group welcomes Crown junior counsel

Essex Court Chambers has strengthened its employment practice by snaring junior counsel to the Crown David Craig.

Craig, who was called to the bar more than a decade ago, moves to the 75-barrister magic circle set of chambers from civil set Devereux Chambers, where he was a junior barrister.

On Craig’s move, Essex Court senior clerk David Grief said that, with five of the set’s juniors made up to silk in the last year, it was “gratifying” to have attracted “someone of the potential of David Craig”.

Craig appears regularly in the Court of Appeal and House of Lords on matters ranging from wrongful dismissal to whistleblowing to discrimination.

The keen lecturer, who was appointed junior counsel to the Crown (Panel B) in 2005, has acted on several high-profile cases, including the Working Time Regulation case of British Airways [BA] v Noble and Forde (2006) in the Court of Appeal, which affected more than 9,000 employees at BA.

Grief said: “Employment litigation is still increasing and we feel that both David and his practice will be a superb fit and a perceivable asset for Essex Court Chambers, its members and its collective reputation.”