Firm Profile > Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP > London, England

Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP
Kings House
36 King Street
LONDON
EC2V 8BB
England

Senior executives Tier 1

Best known for its senior executives work and expertise in discrimination and whistleblowing cases, Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP has an excellent track record in litigation, especially in regulated sectors such as insurance and financial services. Its advice to employers is also noteworthy, making it a popular referral choice. For senior executives, the practice attracts some of the most complex and high-value work available, often for board-level clients associated with household-name companies. Work for these clients includes negotiation of appointments and severance packages, the handling of investigations, disciplinary proceedings and litigation involving sensitive issues, such as sexual harassment. The highly reputed Gareth Brahams heads up the practice. Another key name is Arpita Dutt, an equality and whistleblowing expert. Two junior partners with impressive senior executive practices are Nick Wilcox and Polly Rodway. In team moves, former name partner Alistair French departed for Keystone Law in May 2019 and Cerys Williams left for GQ | LITTLER in October 2019; while Paula Chan joined from Slater and Gordon.

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Testimonials

‘Arpita Dutt was tenacious and determined throughout my dealings with her. I am not a lawyer and found her ability to communicate in the most simplistic terms very useful. Arpita’s human approach meant it was easy for me to quickly build a rapport with her and be brutally honest about my situation. Arpita’s work made the most difficult period in my entire career much easier.’

‘This is a highly specialised, highly experienced team of employment litigators. They have very few rivals in securing excellent outcomes for claimant executives in employment disputes.’

‘Nick Wilcox is an excellent lawyer: he is diligent and shrewd, and has very good judgement.’

‘Gareth Brahams is a highly experienced employment litigator. He has seen it all before.’

‘Nick Wilcox is very bright and can explain matters to clients in a very clear and coherent way. He quickly gains clients’ trust.’

‘A powerhouse team with laser-like focus on their clients’ interests.’

‘The premier league for high level claimants. Tenacious and dogged in chasing the best result for an employee.’

‘Gareth Brahams is a household name in employment law circles for very good reason. A sharp legal mind combined with impeccable judgment and fearsome negotiating skills.’

Ruth Gamble combines an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of the case with a reassuring manner with clients. She has the perfect skills required for representing senior executives at the most vulnerable times.’

‘What Arpita Dutt does not know about important employment law principles is probably not worth knowing anyway.’.

‘Tom McLaughlin was outstanding on my case. He always presented facts and options extremely clearly and made sure that I made the right decisions for me at the time. All of his advice was extremely measured and I felt like he always had my best interests at heart. I don’t think Tom is afraid to tell clients what they don’t want to hear, which can be difficult when you’re in the heat of the battle, but having a measured experience professional like Tom on my case made the difference between success and failure.’

‘Nick Wilcox stands out for his conscientiousness. He leaves no stone left unturned when it comes to his client’s cases. Polly Rodway is also excellent, and has been doing a lot of #MeToo work. Gareth Brahams is a senior statesman of senior executive work.’

‘Gareth Brahams is the standout partner. The boldness of the practice reflects his approach to litigation but it is not boldness at the expense of charm, pragmatism or commercial acumen. He is particularly strong in whistleblowing cases, where he has made a significant contribution to the development of the law and the strengthening of whistleblowing protection for individual employees.’

‘Gareth Brahams is outstanding – empathetic and commercial as well as technically superb. His tone in negotiations is pitch perfect, getting results through an artful balance of assertiveness and pragmatism.’

‘Paula Chan is an exceptionally smart lawyer, technically strong and eminently pragmatic. From a client perspective, during what was an emotionally charged time, she showed compassion whilst never losing sight of achieving a good client outcome.’

Employers Tier 6

Best known for its senior executives work and expertise in discrimination and whistleblowing cases, Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP has an excellent track record in litigation, especially in regulated sectors such as insurance and financial services. Its advice to employers is also noteworthy, making it a popular referral choice. For senior executives, the practice attracts some of the most complex and high-value work available, often for board-level clients associated with household-name companies. Work for these clients includes negotiation of appointments and severance packages, the handling of investigations, disciplinary proceedings and litigation involving sensitive issues, such as sexual harassment. The highly reputed Gareth Brahams heads up the practice. Another key name is Arpita Dutt, an equality and whistleblowing expert. Two junior partners with impressive senior executive practices are Nick Wilcox and Polly Rodway. In team moves, former name partner Alistair French departed for Keystone Law in May 2019, while Cerys Williams left for GQ | LITTLER in October 2019.

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Testimonials

‘Excellent client service. Extremely professional and a pleasure to work with.’

‘BDBF provides us with advice on ad hoc HR related matters. The focus is always on coming up with commercial solutions to problems, which we greatly value. We appreciate their creative thinking in this regard. Because of their work for individuals we consider we get the benefit of their having worked on both sides of matters.’

‘They are accessible, approachable and pragmatic. They do not ‘over-lawyer’ the issue but instead focus on giving us a resolution to any problems we face.’

‘Solid, specialist employment law practitioners who can be relied upon for timely, accurate advice.’

‘Tom McLaughlin is a well-rounded, experienced employment lawyer. His advice is thoughtful, careful and on point.’

‘Nick Wilcox is extremely responsive to all issues raised – helpful and creative in his thinking about potential solutions. He is very commercial which means we can rely on his pragmatic but thorough and proportionate advice.’

‘The team at BDBF clearly understand local employment law and I have great confidence in the advice they provide. Their legal advice is provided in a timely and concise manner and has helped me greatly in executing the requirements of my role. I like their approach to providing advice also – it is unique in that I find the members I have worked with to be down to earth and friendly and not typically lawyer-ish.’

Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP (BDBF) is a leading specialist employment law practice based in the City of London.

The firm: BDBF has a particular focus on helping senior employees and partners to exit employers, partnerships and LLPs with appropriate compensation, helping SMEs resolve their employment law issues and handling high-value employment and related disputes.

BDBF’s partners are ranked top in the employment law field (including three of the Lawyer Magazine’s Hot 100 lawyers). The firm’s lawyers have fought and won some of the highest profile employment disputes of recent years against a range of ‘magic circle’ opponents.

BDBF acted for former Chief Executive Alex Osipov in his successful landmark whistleblowing claim against an oil and gas company and Arjuna Weerasinghe and Roxana Gunny in their high value discrimination claims against NHS Trusts. BDBF’s lawyers are experts in whistleblowing claims.

Types of work undertaken: Lawyers at BDBF help individuals to negotiate employment contracts or terms of membership of LLPs; join competitors (as teams or individuals) despite their restrictive covenants; pursue grievances (most often about unsatisfactory bonuses, discrimination, suffering retaliation for whistleblowing or stress/harassment at work); successfully defend themselves in disciplinary hearings; achieve favourable severance deals; and, when necessary, litigate and win compensation from their employers.

Most of BDBF’s individual clients are either employed at a senior level/C-suite within financial or insurance services or are senior lawyers, partners or members of LLPs, consultants, doctors, management consultants or managers (often board level) in industry.

BDBF has specialist expertise in advising regulated professionals who experience career destabilising employment issues involving the FCA, PRA, and other regulatory bodies; those who are subject to the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR); and those individuals who are likely to receive regulatory references.

BDBF’s lawyers are also experienced in sensitively advising complainants and witnesses involved in sexual harassment investigations and regulatory proceedings.

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

BDBF’s employment lawyers also act as trusted employment law advisers to businesses on how to avoid all the things they help employees and partners achieve. The team does this by finding pragmatic and practical solutions to the toughest staff challenges that clients face, so that clients can focus on building their businesses . The firm’s experience in working for individuals is invaluable when it comes to helping corporate clients as BDBF’s lawyers can second guess opponents’ next moves and outmanoeuvre them. BDBF’s employer clients come from a diverse range of sectors including financial services firms, accountants, utilities companies, property investment houses, recruitment agencies, law firms, luxury brand retailers, brokers and corporate financiers. It also advises LLPs and general partnerships on partnership issues.

BDBF has successfully defended Employment Tribunal claims and pursued High Court litigation involving team moves, misuse of confidential information and a breach of restrictive covenants on behalf of its employer clients.

BDBF was one of The Times Best Law Firms in 2019.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior and Managing Partner Gareth Brahams garethbrahams@bdbf.co.uk
Senior Partner - Employment Arpita Dutt arpitadutt@bdbf.co.uk
Partner - Employment Ruth Gamble (née Badrick) ruthgamble@bdbf.co.uk
Partner - Employment Polly Rodway pollyrodway@bdbf.co.uk
Partner - Employment Nick Wilcox nickwilcox@bdbf.co.uk
Photo Name Position Profile
 Gareth Brahams  photo Gareth Brahams Managing Partner
 Paula Chan  photo Paula Chan Partner
 Arpita Dutt photo Arpita Dutt Partner
 Polly Rodway  photo Polly Rodway Partner
 Nicholas Wilcox  photo Nicholas Wilcox Partner
Number of UK partners : 5
Number of other UK fee-earners : 10
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