The Newcastle lawyer who represented Lord Sugar in his recent court battle with former Apprentice winner Stella English has been named Employment Barrister of the Year.
Seamus Sweeney, of Parkland Plowden chambers, was awarded the title by Chambers and Partners, the leading directory for the legal profession, which has also shortlisted him for inclusion in its top 100 list.
Originally from Northern Ireland, the 47-year-old studied law at Manchester Polytechnic and began his career in London, before moving to the North East in 1996, when he starting working solely in employment law, firstly with Eversheds Solicitors as specialist in-house counsel. He joined Plowden Chambers - now Parklane Plowden - in 2003 and has been there since, acting in a number of high profile cases, notably representing Lord Sugar in his fight against English’s accusations of construction dismissal.
“I am flattered to receive this award and to be nominated for inclusion in the top 100 barristers list - although I feel a little awkward about it as well, to be perfectly honest; Oscar-style awards ceremonies are not my thing,” he said.
“Nevertheless, I am very grateful to my clients and peers who presumably said some nice things about me. I think more recognition should be given to barristers outside London, particularly here in the North East, where good lawyers ofen, unnecessarily, lose work to those in the capital.”
The top 100 list is set to be announced in November.