Gary Self



Employment and Discrimination

Gary has been described in the Legal 500 as being "Highly technical and commercial with excellent advocacy skills" and "very good, one of the best on the Western Circuit for employment" and further by Chambers UK 2014 as ‘ a leader in the field’ of Employment matters.

Gary has a proven track record of success across the whole range of employment related disputes. He makes regular appearances in Employment Tribunals around the UK acting for substantial organisations in both the public and private sector as well as for individual claimants. He has extensive experience of employment disputes within the police. Gary has a great deal of litigation experience in complex discrimination issues. As an Employment Judge of some ten years Gary is able to bring a wealth of experience to any dispute.

In addition Gary has often dealt with restraint of trade cases in the County and High Court as well as other employment related commercial disputes. He has also appeared before the appropriate appellate courts.

Family Finance

Gary has twenty five years experience in family finance work and is regularly instructed in complex and high net worth family cases. Gary has appeared in countless family finance hearings and is renowned for fighting his client’s corner and has been recommended for his straight talking and effective cross examination.  He is always willing to give pragmatic, down to earth advice to enable clients to know exactly what their options are from the outset.


Gary is regularly instructed in cases involving:

Injunctive relief and worldwide freezing orders 

Cases involving trusts including offshore trusts 

Variation of maintenance 

Cases involving bankruptcy and liquidation 

Nuptial agreements 

Hidden assets

Financial claims following overseas divorces 

Property claims between unmarried and same sex couples including(TOLATA claims) 

Divorce proceedings 


Recent cases have included: 

Successfully appealing a final hearing and improving the result in a case involving hidden assets over a substantial period. 

Successfully settling a complex real property related family finance case at the financial dispute resolution (FDR)

A case involving complex valuation involving businesses over many different locations


Business and Commercial

Gary has undertaken a full range of civil litigation disputes and continues to do so both in the High Court and County Court.


Year of call: 1991
  • Employment Tribunal Judge
Areas of specialism:
  • Business and Commercial
  • Children Private Law
  • Children Public Law
  • Employment and Discrimination
  • Family Finance
  • Public Access and Direct Access
Professional associations:
  • Employment Lawyers Association
Outside Interests:
  • Gary has a strong interest in all sports. He spends time refereeing and coaching rugby union now that his youth is a distant memory. His best recollection was that he was an outstanding player in his time but accepts that the mind can play tricks!