Year of call: 1993
“…always available and eager to assist at any time..a very rare attribute amongst counsel…wise, erudite and constructive counsel throughout”.
(Employment / Family Finance)
“…one of the witnesses has specifically asked me to thank you for your support earlier in the year and I, as ever am grateful too”.
“A high profile practice with a particular emphasis on appearing in discrimination cases”.
Chambers & Partners
“Roderick is lovely. He has an exceptional client manner and is an exceptional advocate. He has achieved a number of excellent results for my clients. I would highly recommend him. He has a firm calmness about him that I find is often highly respected by judges. You always know you are in safe hands”.
“Brilliant cross examination. Really skilful”.
“Super Cheers Roderick. Very helpful per usual”.
(Racing & Regulatory)
“Unique knowledge of the racing and bloodstock sector”.
Chambers and Partners
“Roderick is a pleasure to work with. He is always calm, well prepared, thoughtful in his responses and persuasive in his advocacy”.
Roderick Moore is a highly experienced barrister with a specialist practice in
- Employment Law
- Family Finance
- Regulatory Law
with a niche practice in all matters connected to the Horse Racing Industry.
He combines technical legal expertise with effective advocacy and empathetic client skills. The services he most commonly provides are: advice in writing and in person, drafting legal documents and court papers and representation in courts, tribunals, mediations and negotiations. He is personable, reliable and available. As such he has forged strong and lasting professional relationships with solicitors practising in his specialist areas, many for two decades or more.
Roderick specialises in all areas of employment law within the jurisdiction of the Employment Tribunal and the High Court, at first instance and on appeal. He has over 25 years’ experience in the field.
Roderick is also regularly instructed by both private and public sector employers to conduct internal investigations and sit on internal disciplinary and grievance hearings (including for serious misconduct and whistleblowing).
He accepts instructions in employment law cases from solicitors and, where appropriate, members of the public via the Public Access Scheme.
Roderick’s Employment practice is nationwide; he is the author of numerous articles on employment law, and is a regular provider of seminars to a number of the country’s leading law firms. All aspects of employment law are covered, including:
- Unfair dismissal and discrimination
- Employment protection including redundancy
- TUPE and collective rights
- Family friendly/flexible working
- Bonus claims and breach of contract
- Breach of confidence and breach of fiduciary duties
- Restraint of trade and restrictive covenants
- Stress at work and PI claims
- Interim injunctions and springboard relief
Roderick is also a highly experienced practitioner in financial remedy and other financial aspects of family law.
His service encompasses the full range of options from representation at all levels in a formal court setting to all types of Alternative Dispute Resolution such as private FDR’s, mediations and round table meetings.
Roderick also accepts instructions to sit as a judge in Private FDR’s, provide Early Neutral Evaluations and to draft Pre Nuptial Agreements.
A stand out feature of his family practice is Roderick’s ability to mix soft skills, such as empathetic client handling and negotiation, with hard forensic and advocacy skills in the court room.
His practice encompasses, in particular, high net worth cases, running to assets of many millions of pounds and cases involving:
- complex asset structures, including companies, partnerships and trusts (including variation of nuptial settlements)
- multiple ownership and third-party interests, whether involving land or business assets
- an international element or assets located out of the jurisdiction
- farms, racing/bloodstock and equestrian businesses
- bankruptcy and insolvency issues
- liquidity and extraction issues
- urgent injunctive relief
- TOLATA and Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989
Roderick Moore’s expertise places a particular emphasis on disciplinary enquiries and appeals before the Disciplinary Panel and Appeal Board of the British Horseracing Authority, representing jockeys, trainers, owners and all persons licensed or subject to the jurisdiction of the British Horseracing Authority. He regularly appears before the Licensing Committee of the BHA.
Roderick is also instructed for advice and representation in commercial disputes arising out of racing and bloodstock transactions. Including disputes between owners and trainers, disputes concerning the purchase and sale of bloodstock (including those involving intermediaries and agency issues) and disputes concerning breeding and syndication.
Clients involved in racing can also find it very useful to instruct Roderick in his other areas of specialist expertise namely Employment Law and Family Finance, since a deep knowledge of the racing industry can assist hugely in understanding the issues at stake.
He accepts instructions in most racing cases from solicitors and, where appropriate, members of the public via the Public Access Scheme. Although he does not accept Family Finance cases via Public Access.
In recent years, he has become one of the “go to” barristers for those accused of breaches of the Rules of Racing for advice and representation, and has represented some of the very biggest names in the sport; he has been instructed in many of the most significant and high profile cases, including those concerning:
- Running and riding
- Race fixing and corruption
- Horse welfare
- The bringing of racing into disrepute
An experienced regulatory lawyer, Roderick regularly advises and represents other professionals across a broad spectrum of careers. For regulatory matters connected with racing, please see the section above.
This is an aspect of his practice closely linked with Employment Law and utilises all Roderick’s strengths as a forensic lawyer and skilful, persuasive advocate to excellent effect.
He accepts instructions in regulatory cases from solicitors and, where appropriate, members of the public via the Public Access Scheme.
Recent clients include:
- a farrier appearing before the Farriers Registration Council accused of physical abuse of a horse
- a farmer accused of breaching the terms of the Red Tractor Assurance scheme
- a paramedic appearing before the Health Professionals Council accused of unprofessional conduct when attending a homebirth
- a midwife appearing before the Nursing and Midwifery Council accused of failing to refer families in need to social services
- a registered care home manager accused of fraudulent practices
- a doctor challenging his failure to be awarded consultant status
Roderick is pleased to accept instructions to advise and represent interested persons within s47(2) of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009. Such persons are often family members of the deceased within s47(2)(a) of the Act.
Under the provisions of the Act there will be an Inquest if the deceased dies a violent or unnatural death, if the cause of death is unknown or if the deceased died in custody or otherwise in state detention.
Where funding is an issue, in an appropriate case Roderick is sometimes prepared to work pro bono in this area.
Roderick’s particular interest in the work of the Coroner’s Court is a specialist extension of his other investigative work. He finds the process of reaching the truth extremely rewarding and is pleased to help bereaved families on a necessary, if painful, journey. He has often been singled out for praise for his combination of empathetic manner and hard forensic skills. There is no forum better suited to this than the Coroner’s Court.
Roderick’s practice as a whole is such that he is regularly required to digest medical reports and to cross-examine their authors across a variety of legal jurisdictions. He has particularly extensive experience in litigation concerning disability and mental health issues. He was counsel for the successful Claimant at trial, and in the Court of Appeal, in the ground-breaking stress at work case of Daw v Intel Corporation (UK) Ltd  ICR 1318.