Barrister Gregory Burke

Gregory Burke

Year of call: 2012  

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“A reliable, pragmatic and realistic barrister, providing exceptional advice and advocacy.”

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Overview


Dr Gregory Burke is described by clients as “extremely calm and kind”, with “amazing skill” delivering results which “restore faith in the justice system“.

Gregory has an unusually advantageous background to becoming a barrister having founded the UK’s largest disability-access information website: the award-winning www.disabledgo.com.

He has employed over 100 people over the last decade providing services to blue-chip clients including Marks & Spencer, BT, Land Securities and over 200 Local Authorities, Universities and Colleges. Gregory ran DisabledGo for 12 years, leading to Cranfield MBA magazine to name him one of the UK’s “top social entrepreneurs”.

Gregory utilizes that experience predominately in employment and commercial work. His extensive experience of disability – both professional and personal – provides added-value in personal injury and clinical negligence cases.

Education


  • King’s College, Cambridge, MA, MPhil, PhD.
  • Awarded the Doncaster Prize for history as an undergraduate and was twice awarded the prestigious Newton Scholarship for postgraduate study.
  • Distinction in the Graduate Diploma in Law and awarded Judge’s Prize for Excellence in Examination Performance at University of Hertfordshire.
  • Winner of the UH/Blackstones’ National Criminal Advocacy Competition.
  • Winner of UH Mooting Competition and awarded the prize of ‘Best Advocate’.
  • Lord Denning (major scholarship) and Lord Hardwicke scholar of Lincoln’s Inn.
Clinical Negligence Employment Personal Injury

Clinical Negligence


Gregory is a junior clinical negligence barrister at 7BR. He is currently instructed by both claimants and defendants in clinical negligence claims by providing opinions, drafting pleadings and appearing in court.

Gregory is successfully building his practice with growing experience in oncology, negligent orthopaedic surgery and failure to diagnose claims.

His extensive experience of disability – both professional in a 12-year career before the bar and personal – provides added value in settlement negotiations: “it is like having an OT in the room”.

Memberships


  • Professional Negligence Bar Association

Clinical Negligence Cases


  • Successfully representing a claimant at multi-track who had been subject to surgical negligence.
  • Successfully representing a claimant whose throat cancer was misdiagnosed.
  • Advising a claimant exposed to unnecessary injury when given an injection erroneously to the sciatic nerve.
  • Advising a claimant who was left with surgical instrument in their stomach after surgery.

Employment


Dr Gregory Burke has been described as “having a very impressive depth of knowledge and a natural ability to make sense of serious issues.”

Gregory’s practice is predominately in employment tribunals. He works across the country.

His practice ranges from unfair dismissal to TUPE, whistleblowing to complex discrimination. He is regularly instructed on multi-day cases and has recently – and successfully – conducted a three week hearing.

As a barrister, Gregory has the distinct advantage of a very successful background in business: he founded an award-winning business providing disability-access information: www.disabledgo.com

This involved the employment of more than 100 people over the past decade, providing services to many blue-chip clients and a large number of Local Authorities.

In view of this, Gregory is exceptionally well-placed as a barrister to draw on his wide and varied experience, especially in the fields of disability and discrimination; he is very pleased to accept instructions from both claimants and respondents.

Seminars & Experience


  • October 2013 ‘Remedies in the Employment Tribunal’ (co-presenter).
  • September 2014 ‘Introduction to Wrongful and Unfair Dismissal’ (co-presenter).
  • March 2015, ‘Discrimination arising from Disability: Section 15, The New Frontier’.
  • He recently chaired the Office for Disability Issues Annual Event on behalf of the Department of Works & Pensions.
  • He was also Chair of the UK Conference on the UN Convention on the Rights for People with Disabilities.
  • Gregory has been interviewed on disability issues live on multiple occasions including Radio 4’s Today; Radio 5 Wake up to Money, 3 times from the London Stock Exchange on BBC Breakfast and twice on the BBC Breakfast’s red sofa.

Education


  • King’s College, Cambridge, MA, MPhil, PhD.
  • Awarded the Doncaster Prize for history as an undergraduate and was twice awarded the prestigious Newton Scholarship for postgraduate study.
  • Distinction in the Graduate Diploma in Law and awarded Judge’s Prize for Excellence in Examination Performance at University of Hertfordshire.
  • Winner of the UH/Blackstones’ National Criminal Advocacy Competition.
  • Winner of UH Mooting Competition and awarded the prize of ‘Best Advocate’.
  • Lord Denning (major scholarship) and Lord Hardwicke scholar of Lincoln’s Inn.

Employment Cases


Risby v London Borough of Waltham Forest

A 12-day hearing. Successfully defended the Local Authority against claims of disability discrimination when an employee was dismissed for using racist language. The judgment referred to Gregory’s “telling critique” of an expert Professor of Psychiatry who had contended C had a depressive disability which made him susceptible to losing his temper. The Tribunal found he did not. Gregory’s opponent was a specialist employment barrister of 30 years call.

F v VCM

Successfully acted for C in a £1 million claim. Successfully argued for the claim to be amended when claim was prima facie 2 months out of time. C was a partner in a LLP and claimed his dismissal to be a result of making protected disclosures. Gregory’s opponent was a Chambers & Partners Band 1 barrister of 18 years call.

Hart v Westminster Council

Successfully represented a claimant with a profound learning disability who had a deposit order made against him prior to the merits hearing.  Over a four-day hearing the Tribunal was persuaded that C had been discriminated against on the grounds of his disability. Gregory’s opponent was a part-time employment judge and barrister of 15 years call.

Tavernier v Mears

Successfully represented R by persuading the Tribunal of C’s 100% contributory fault.  The Tribunal found that C’s dismissal was automatically unfair by reason of depriving C of her chosen representative. The Appeal was a nullity for reasons of bias and breach of ACAS guidelines.  Notwithstanding these flaws the Tribunal were persuaded that C was at 100% contributory fault and disqualified from receiving any compensatory award.

Valentine v Kent County Council

Successfully defended the Local Authority against claims of disability discrimination over a 4 day hearing. The Tribunal were persuaded that C did not have a disability and the claims therefore fell away.

Personal Injury


Dr Gregory Burke has been described as “having a very impressive depth of knowledge and a natural ability to make sense of serious issues.”

Gregory is successfully building a personal injury litigation practice acting for both claimants and defendants.

He regularly appears in county courts in fast track and multi track trials. Gregory is particularly experienced in RTA, Occupiers’ Liability and highway authority claims.

Gregory’s experience in the Employment Tribunal jurisdiction, where he has fought complex multi-week cases, is beyond his call and complements his work in EL claims.

More generally, Gregory’s extensive experience of disability – both professional and personal – provides added-value in personal injury cases, particularly at the negotiated settlement stage.

Gregory has an unusually advantageous background to becoming a barrister having founded the UK’s largest disability-access information website; the award winning www.disabledgo.com.

He built and led a multi-disciplinary team of over 30 people with a turnover of £2million while at DisabledGo leading Cranfield MBA magazine to name him one of the UK’s “top social entrepreneurs“. Overall, Gregory has employed over 100 people during the last decade providing services to blue-chip clients including Marks & Spencer, BT, Land Securities and over 200 Local Authorities, Universities and Colleges.

Gregory is passionate about providing excellent service in all that he does.

Education


  • Lord Denning (major scholarship) and Lord Hardwicke scholar of Lincoln’s Inn.
  • Winner of UH Mooting Competition and awarded the prize of ‘Best Advocate’.
  • Winner of the UH/Blackstones’ National Criminal Advocacy Competition.
  • Judge’s Prize for Excellence in Examination Performance at University of Hertfordshire.
  • Distinction in the Graduate Diploma in Law and awarded.
  • Awarded the Doncaster Prize for history as an undergraduate and was twice awarded the prestigious Newton Scholarship for postgraduate study.
  • King’s College, Cambridge, MA, MPhil, PhD.

Personal Injury Cases


  • Winning a multi-track case for a defendant local authority against a highways claim where the pleaded damages exceeded £50,000.
  • Successfully making a half-time submission of no case to answer in an old-style CFA fast-track tripping claim in which the alleged defect had been measured by the senior partner of the claimant’s law firm, a district judge by the time of trial.
  • Successfully making another half-time submission of no case to answer in an old-style CFA high value fast-track tripping claim in which the claimant could not identify the defect.
  • Advising to settlement a claimant who had been injured on a bus journey.
  • Advising to settlement a claimant who had slipped on water in a supermarket aisle.

How to get in touch


For more information please contact our clerks by calling +44 (0) 20 7242 3555 or email: clerks@7br.co.uk.

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