Fergus McCombie

Barrister: Fergus McCombie

Year of Call: 1999

Fergus McCombie has an established practice in employment and discrimination law. However, he also accepts instructions in related areas, including; commercial disputes, public and regulatory law.

Recent and ongoing cases include acting for a Premier League football manager in his contractual and unfair dismissal complaint against his former club; for the Easy group of companies defending the dismissal of senior executives; for a claimant in relation to the statutory authorisation regime for glider inspectors.

His previous experience includes a post as a judicial assistant to the Court of Appeal Civil Division. Before joining the bar he worked in corporate tax accounting in the City.

Solicitors see him as an “excellent technical lawyer” who produces “technically excellent” pleadings and opinions. They value his “commercial and pragmatic” advice. Local authority lawyers comment on his “ability to relate to officers and members whatever their level of seniority”. As an advocate “he quickly gains the respect of employment judges with his confidence, obvious experience and familiarity with the arena, realistic approach, quick identification and focus on the salient points and clarity of presentation”.

Lay clients are equally impressed by his “reassuring presence [which] naturally inspires confidence” – “His analysis and retention of the facts meant that his advocacy was right on the money and he could react and respond quite brilliantly to the other lawyer”.

Fergus regularly gives lectures to solicitors and other professionals on employment law topics.

Fergus is also able to accept instructions via the direct access scheme.

Education & Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Diploma in European Law (2000)
  • BVC, College of Law (1998 – 1999)
  • CPE, College of Law (1998 – 1999)
  • BA (Hons), St John’s College, Oxford University (1996)
  • Diploma in Political Science, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (1995)