Nigeria’s Ijeoma Chinyelu Omambala Appointed QC

By Esosa Aihie

Congratulations to Ijeoma Chinyelu Omambala QC, Old Square Chambers, who has just be appointed a QC from a list of 114 appointments out of which 22 (19 per cent) from ethnic minority background and 30 (26 per cent) are women. Ijeoma along with all appointed QCs will formally become silks at a ceremony on 16 March 2020. 

She is an employment lawyer whose strengths lie in her ability to engage with claimants and clearly explain legal concepts and tribunal process. ’

Ijeoma Omambala QC was called in 1989; Elected Bencher of Grays Inn 2014; Appointed Vice Chair of CPD Grays Inn 2015. The QC is a member of Justice, ELBA, ILS, DLA. CEDR Exchange, CMC

She is known to be a strategic expert in all aspects of the management, litigation and resolution of complex employment, discrimination and trade union claims. Ijeoma advises and represents Claimants, Respondents/Defendants and Trades Unions. 

She has significant experience of complex TUPE, wages and whistle-blowing matters, industrial action and High Court litigation relating to bonus claims, restrictive covenants, alleged breaches of duty and wrongful dismissal. 

Her discrimination expertise covers the whole range of protected characteristics and causes of action at first instance and appellate levels. She is an experienced litigator of individual and multi-Claimant public and private sector equal pay claims. 

Her recent work has included acting for both Claimants and Respondents in High Court restrictive covenant proceedings; a number of high profile whistle-blowing claims; advising and acting for senior professionals in race, disability, age, sex, pregnancy and maternity discrimination complaints. 

Ijeoma Omambala QC is currently working on the first Shared Parental Leave case to be considered by the Court of Appeal. She is also an experienced and accredited mediator.

Five solicitors with practices focused on international arbitration based outside the UK were also appointed to QC. They include: Singapore-based Sapna Jhangiani (Singapore); Nigel Blackaby (Washington); Simon Chapman (Hong Kong); Andrew de Lotbiniere McDoughall (Paris) and Jason Fry (Paris).

Well done to a very brilliant QC, more grease and greater legal heights in the year and decade ahead.

Author: nmmin

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