Peter is one of the UK's leading employment lawyers and specialises in advising individuals as well as organisations.
Peter Daly is an employment lawyer with a track record of pursuing high profile and complex litigation, and of resolving disputes effectively. His work pushes the boundaries of discrimination and whistleblowing law and both Chambers and The Legal 500 rank him as one of the UK’s leading employment lawyers with reviews including:
"He is one of the best employment lawyers out there on the claimant side in terms of technical knowledge and skill; his approach to strategy is second to none." … "He has novel arguments and is willing to go the extra mile for his clients."… "He's a very good lawyer and he is very creative."
Chambers and Partners
“Peter Daly is an exceptionally smart lawyer, technically strong and eminently pragmatic. From a client perspective, during what was an emotionally charged time, he showed compassion whilst never losing sight of achieving a good client outcome.”
The Legal 500
“Peter Daly has an encyclopaedic knowledge of employment practice as well as a very effective strategic mind.”
The Legal 500
“imaginative yet sensitive to the immediate needs of any client' and has 'strong attention to detail.”
The Legal 500
“an excellent legal mind and analytical skills”
The Legal 500
Although his more high profile litigation claims have primarily been on behalf of claimant employees, Peter is highly experienced in advising employer respondents in the tech, financial services and third sectors.
Examples of Peter’s work include:
- On behalf of Maya Forstater, establishing gender critical beliefs as a protected philosophical belief under the Equality Act 2010.
- Acting for and advising gender critical feminists including Professor Kathleen Stock OBE and the claimants in Alison Bailey v Stonewall & Ors, Raquel Rosario Sanchez v University of Bristol, Katy Alcock v Girlguiding, and several others.
- Acting for the LGB Alliance in its General Regulatory Chamber proceedings brought by another charity against the Charity Commission, challenging the Commission’s decision to grant charitable status to the LGB Alliance.
- On behalf of Jordi Casamitjana Costa, securing the recognition of ethical veganism as a protected philosophical belief under the Equality Act 2010 in a case which generated legal protections for hundreds of thousands of vegans and made headlines worldwide. That protection having been established at a preliminary stage of the proceedings, the Respondent then conceded all liability to Peter’s client midway through the resulting trial.
- For Brexit whistleblower Shahmir Sanni, pursuing claims of whistleblowing detriment and discrimination on the basis of the client’s belief in the sanctity of British Democracy. The Taxpayers’ Alliance made a full and public concession of wrongdoing on all claims without the need for trial.
- In Bamieh v EULEX, acting for a British prosecutor seconded by the FCO, who had blown the whistle about serious and systemic corruption at the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo. A factually and legally complex claim that encompassed the territorial jurisdiction of the UK employment tribunals, the liability of seconding employers for the actions of workers against their colleagues and the immunities from suit of international organisations, Peter litigated the matter as far as the Court of Appeal.
- On behalf of Neha Sejpal, seeking to establish the protection of dentists from discrimination, thus adding to the developing body of law on worker status. The case is currently before the Employment Appeal Tribunal and will be heard in 2022.
- Acting for the successful appellant in Gemma Dobson v Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust, which provided extensive judicial clarity around the law of indirect discrimination, as well as authority for “the childcare disparity” – that women overwhelmingly provide childcare in society and thus anything which disadvantages those who provide childcare is potentially indirectly discriminatory to women. This builds upon his Court of Appeal case of Air Products plc v Cockram.
- Acting for the Appellant in the Employment Appeal Tribunal case of Ghumra v The Home Office, which confirmed the law on strike out and deposit orders in the Employment Tribunal. In Peter’s case Hartley v Foreign and Commonwealth Office Services, the EAT clarified the law of harassment on the grounds of disability.
- Acting for a range of NHS clinicians in NHS whistleblowing, MHPS, discrimination and job planning and contract negotiation. Other sectors he regularly advises clients in include financial services, tech, traditional and new media as well as local, central and supranational government.
- Working as the employment lawyer in a wider team of specialist lawyers in non-employment courts. In the judicial review brought against the review of the Junior Doctors’ contract in 2016, Peter was part of the team advising the junior doctor litigants. He also worked as part of the legal team assisting in the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell fire, advising survivors on their employment rights.
The majority of Peter’s work however takes place away from the courts and tribunals. He is a skilled negotiator and regularly successfully settles cases without the cost or public attention of litigation. Where courts and tribunals are needed his expertise in identifying funding solutions, and in particular crowdfunding, is used.
Experience and qualifications -
- Qualified in July 2007
- Specialist in Employment Law since 2007
Professional memberships -
- Employment Lawyers’ Association