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Pioneers in the field’, Bindmans LLP’s group ‘combines innovation with pragmatism and strong client-care skills’. Practice head Shah Qureshi and Robert Maddox acted for a client in a whistleblowing and age discrimination claim brought against a major Dutch investment bank. Emilie Cole, (‘an excellent pair of hands on lengthy discrimination claims’) is acting for a district judge in a high-profile whistleblowing and disability discrimination claim brought against the Ministry of Justice regarding work conditions; the case is pending before the Court of Appeal. Associate Peter Daly, is acting for a former prosecutor for the European Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) on a whistleblower claim brought against EULEX; the case is now before the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Clients also recommend Shazia Khan.

A ‘first port of call’ for many clients, Leigh Day’s department of ‘savvy and aggressive litigators’ often handles high-profile group claims, with a particular strength in the technology sector. Practice head Chris Benson (an ‘excellent tactician and creative lawyer’) and the ‘very knowledgeable and intelligent’ Michael Newman represented more than 100 construction workers in a blacklisting claim against various companies. Associate Nigel Mackay represented a group of drivers in an Employment Tribunal claim brought against Uber regarding employment status. Associate Shubha Banerjee is representing more than 200 judges in age discrimination and indirect sex and race discrimination claims arising from changes to judicial pensions in 2015 which required younger judges to leave the scheme. Emma Satyamurti, Elizabeth George and the ‘impeccable’ Nick Webster are also recommended. Kiran Daurka joined from Slater and Gordon.

Slater and Gordon’s team acts for employees and trade unions across the full gamut of contentious employment matters. Emma Hawksworth, whom clients ‘can’t speak highly enough about’, is representing a client in a claim brought before the Supreme Court alleging indirect religious discrimination; the case has now been joined with Essop and Others v Home Office. The ‘extremely professional, approachable and helpful’ Simon Cuthbert is advising a client on an appeal regarding whether police officers are able to bring claims for discrimination and whistleblowing before the courts following dismissals for misconduct. Practice head Edward Cooper and the well-regarded Paul Daniels and Clive Howard, who is often instructed by senior executives and other senior professionals, are also recommended.

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP’s practice acts for senior executives and other professionals on the full gamut of contentious employment matters, with notable expertise in sexual and racial harassment, unfair dismissal and maternity-related claims. Practice head Rhian Radia acts for clients across a wide range of sectors, including banking and healthcare. ‘Very sympathetic and understanding’ senior associate Homa Wilson, who is ‘always one step ahead of the game’, handles complex director disputes, acts in whistleblowing claims, and negotiates high-value settlements.

Pattinson & Brewer’s employment rights group acts for a range of trade unions, including the Police Federation. Key names include Anthea Christie, whose experience encompasses discrimination, breach of contract and unfair dismissal claims, and Elizabeth Stephenson. Former practice head Binder Bansel is now at Penningtons Manches LLP.

Boutique firm Rahman Lowe Solicitors has a strong track record representing clients before the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal. ‘Commercial, thorough and pragmatic’ Jahad Rahman, who jointly leads the practice with Sarah Lowe, successfully represented a former senior branch partner of real estate agency Spicerhaart in a constructive dismissal and whistleblowing claim. Rahman and Lowe successfully assisted four managers with an unlawful wage deduction claim brought against the Royal Mail before the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal.

Employment boutique SW19Lawyers LLPprovides high-quality, pragmatic and commercial advice’, with particular expertise in discrimination claims, including maternity matters. ‘Highly experienced’ founder Belinda Eriksson, who ‘gives clear, sensible advice promptly’, has significant experience advising on whistleblowing and disability cases. On the non-contentious side, consultant Mitchell Bell assists employees with settlement agreements and contract reviews. Associate Cathryn O’Hare is also recommended.

Simpson Millar LLP’s team has an extensive track record acting for trade unions such as the CWU, Aircrew Officers Association Europe (AOAE) and Unionline. Key partner Joy Drummond has been assisting the FDA on a number of claims brought by members employed by the Crown Prosecution Service regarding holiday pay under Working Time Regulations. Aneil Balgobin is another name to note. Linda Stewart has left private practice.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP’s department acts solely for trade unions, and regularly handles high-profile matters. Gerard Airey successfully represented two Unite the Union members employed by EasyJet in indirect sex discrimination claims brought before the Employment Tribunal; the claims concerned accommodation for breastfeeding mothers. Michael Michaeloudis successfully represented two Unite the Union members employed by Trek Highway Services in a claim brought before the Employment Appeal Tribunal; the claimants were left unemployed and without statutory or contractual entitlement to payment when the contract they were employed under changed hands, and the firm successfully established on appeal that there had been a transfer to Amey. Rakesh Patel heads the department.

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