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Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP
Kings House
36 King Street

Employment > Senior executives Tier 1

Clients cannot speak highly enough of the team at Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP; ‘top flight’ and  ‘an absolute powerhouse’ are some of the comments on its services for senior employees. For the whole range of discrimination issues, high-profile sensitive exits, and whistleblowing claims, ‘formidable litigator and negotiatorGareth Brahams and the team steer clients through the tactics and strategies that will produce the best outcome, including taking account of reputational issues. It has deep experience of the financial services sector and other highly regulated industries. The strong team has been further boosted with the arrival of the ‘go-to’ Claire Dawson, who joined in April 2021 and Paula Chan, who joined in late 2020 from Slater and Gordon, and who is noted for her expertise in dealing with partnerships. The ‘outstandingPolly Rodway has a noted focus on sex/maternity discrimination and equal pay disputes and Nick Wilcox, who frequently acts with Dutt, is noted for always providing ‘cogent and wise advice‘. The senior associates also attract praise; Samantha Prosser is reported to be ‘exceptional’ in her handling of Employment Tribunal claims for unfair dismissal, disability discrimination, worker status and whistleblowing detriment.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Brahams

Other key lawyers:


‘BDBF offers a full and inventive range of services to senior individuals. They have extensive knowledge of employment law and the skill and ability to identify and pursue powerful claims. Sometimes this means coming up with new and different ways of formulating a claim. Anyone who goes there can feel confident of receiving first class advice.’

‘Nick Wilcox is a very safe paid of hands: the sort of lawyer you go to for sound, sensible and calm advice. He is unflappable and always provides cogent and wise advice to his clients.’

‘This is the specialist employment litigation firm you want to have on your side if you find yourself in need of litigation services. The associates looking after my case were all outstanding and were proactive in going the extra mile. The service was empathetically provided with a strong focus on getting the right outcome and taking into account costs. This firm should be more widely known.’

‘Samantha Prosser is an exceptional associate. She grasped the nuances of my case very quickly and applied an incisive strategy to progressing it, with extremely satisfactory results. She came across as personally invested in my case. Her assimilation of facts and dispute resolution strategy made her incredibly effective.’ 

‘Paula Chan. Simply the best employment solicitor I have ever worked with. She has everything, calm and poised, a brilliant legal brain, a ferocious hard worker but also very people orientated.’

‘An absolute powerhouse in the employment law field, particularly their representation of Senior Executives in the banking and finance sphere. Real strength in depth and an absolute pleasure to deal with. I would thoroughly recommend BDBF to any Senior Executive wishing to pursue a claim, whether in the Employment Tribunal or the High Court.’

‘Gareth Brahams is a true superstar of the employment law world. A formidable litigator and negotiator with a vast knowledge of the legal principles combined with formidable tactical nous. Gareth should be the first port of call for Senior Executives with an employment issue. Gareth is also one of the few senior employment law solicitors with the knowledge and understanding of personal injury law to enable him to litigate bullying and stress at work cases in the High Court.’

‘Polly Rodway is an outstanding lawyer. Determined, thoughtful, excellent advice.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for a senior executive at Queensgate Investments LLP in a high-value whistleblowing and discrimination claim that made new law.

Employment > Employers Tier 6

Maintaining a strong emphasis on regulated professions, Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP’s employment practice, fronted by Gareth Brahams, specialises in High Court proceedings, Tribunal litigation and contentious exits. A popular referral choice, the group also undertakes internal investigations and disciplinary issues. It welcomed Paula Chan in September 2020 from Slater and Gordon, as well as Claire Dawson from CC Solicitors in April 2021. Going the other way, in 2020, Ruth Gamble departed while Arpita Dutt retired to a consultancy role.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Brahams

Other key lawyers:

Claire Dawson; Polly Rodway; Nick Wilcox; Tom McLaughlin


The team is approachable, calm, responsive and understanding.’

BDBF continues to be completely customer-centric and deliver exceptional service. They are responsive, always available when needed and they provide sound pragmatic advice which means we reach sensible solutions to a range of complex employment issues.’

Nick Wilcox has exceptional technical knowledge both in terms of the market and employment trends/issues but also knowledge of our business as it has evolved. I have complete faith and trust in his advice and guidance at all times. Tom McLaughlin provides great support for Nick and we work well with him on a range of issues.’


BDBF is a leading specialist employment law firm based in the City of London. The firm have fought and won some of the highest value employment disputes of recent years against a range of ‘magic circle’ opponents. Their creative thinking has resulted in ground-breaking litigation outcomes in areas such as whistleblowing and discrimination law.

Recent victories have included the ground-breaking Court of Appeal case of Osipov v Timis in which this CEO successfully sued individual managers for being dismissed because he blew the whistle; banker, Bradley Jones’s win in the Employment Tribunal against JP Morgan which established that his dismissal for historic allegations of misconduct that had already been investigated at the time was unlawful and which was reported in Bloomberg; and PE professional, Jonathan Millet’s case in the Employment Appeal Tribunal against Queensgate Investments which established that claims for interim relief in whistleblowing cases must be heard in public. The entire team is reputed for its high quality legal advice.


Senior Employees and Partners

Litigating on behalf of senior employees, board directors and partners in high stakes, complex and high value Employment Tribunal and High Court disputes, including relating to whistleblowing, discrimination, equal pay, contracts, bonuses, stress at work, sexual harassment, misrepresentation, restrictive covenants and team moves.

Advising senior employees, board directors and partners in exit negotiations from employers, partnerships and LLPs and negotiating terms on joining a new firm. Advising on the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR), including regulatory reference advice. Negotiating high value settlements in the context of discrimination, senior executive equal pay and whistleblowing disputes.


BDBF provides businesses with strategic and practical solutions for employment and partnership issues, including advice on HR matters; redundancy and restructuring, internal grievances, disciplinary and regulatory investigations, TUPE, contracts, and litigation in the Employment Tribunal and High Court including relating to breach of confidential information and restrictive covenant disputes. When defending litigation, the firm is rigorous in support of its clients.

Acting for both sides provides the firm’s lawyers with a unique tactical insight.

Most of BDBF’s individual clients work at a senior level, often in the regulated sector. They are CEOs and other C-suite executives in technology companies and industry, investment professionals in private equity and venture capital, heads of desks, directors, senior vice presidents, managing directors and above in financial and insurance services, partners or members of LLPs, accountants, senior lawyers, consultant doctors and other professionals working in healthcare, or senior managers, directors and.

BDBF does not act for bulge bracket investment banks or the major UK retail banks in order to ensure it remains conflict free and can act against them.

BDBF’s employer clients span a diverse range of sectors, including legal and professional service firms, boutique investment banks, hedge funds, private equity firms, insurance firms, other technology firms, retailers, utility companies, executive search firms, brokers and corporate financiers and charities. The firm also advises LLPs and general partnerships.

Senior and Managing Partner Gareth
Partner - Employment Polly
Partner - Employment Nick
Partner - Employment Claire
Partner - Employment Paula
Gareth Brahams  photo Gareth Brahams Managing Partner
Paula Chan  photo Paula Chan Partner
Claire Dawson   photo Claire Dawson Partner, Employment Lawyer  Claire acts for senior executives, professionals, directors and LLP…
Polly Rodway  photo Polly Rodway Partner
Nick Wilcox photo Nick WilcoxPartner
Number of UK partners : 5
Number of other UK fee-earners : 12
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