Saunak Irani-Nayar (Pupil Barrister)

Year of call: 2021

Saunak Saunak

Saunak is a Pupil Barrister and commenced his pupillage in October 2021 in the Employment and Discrimination team. He is supervised by Nicholas Smith.

Before starting pupillage, Saunak worked for a barrister specialising in commercial and employment litigation where he would draft pleadings, skeleton arguments and conduct research tasks in a range of cases involving: mortgage fraud, professional negligence and unfair dismissal. He was also appointed a Trade Union representative for The Cleaners and Allied Independent Workers Union (CAIWU) representing claimants in company hearings and the Employment Tribunal in unfair dismissal, discrimination, harassment and health & safety cases.

During their second six our Pupils are regularly attending hearings on matters across the practice areas undertaken at Guildhall Chambers which include insolvency, commercial, property and personal injury. This includes interim applications, directions appointments, and small claims hearings, including road traffic and credit hire related matters.

For further information and enquiries please contact:

Commercial: Joe Stayte or Stephen Arnold or Jordan Yandell

Employment & DiscriminationRob McDonald or Emily Webb


  • Attorney General’s Junior Junior Panel


  • BA and MA Economics, The University of Cambridge
  • GDL, University of Law (Distinction, ranked 1st in year with one of the highest sets of marks ever awarded)
  • BPTC, Inns of Court College of Advocacy (Outstanding, ranked 2nd in year)


  • Prize for Best Overall Performance (GDL)
  • Fearon and Co Prize for top of year in Contract Law and Land Law (GDL)
  • Top of year in each of the Tort, Equity & Trusts, EU and Criminal Law papers (GDL)
  • Maitland Chambers Prize for top of year in Civil Litigation (BPTC)
  • Guildhall Chambers Prize for top of year in Drafting (BPTC)
  • Baron Dr Ver Heyden de Lancey Prize for being the top student of his Call to the Bar by his Inn (Middle Temple)
  • Certificate of Honour for Outstanding on BPTC (Middle Temple)
  • Astbury Scholarship (2018, Middle Temple Major Award: GDL)
  • Astbury Scholarship (2019, Middle Temple Major Award: BPTC)