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Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP
Kings House
36 King Street

Employment > Senior executives Tier 1

Known as a ‘specialist employment boutique with real depth in its offering’, Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP is ‘very good with senior executives, understanding the regulatory issues as much as the employment issues’. The practice is recommended as ‘a leader in discrimination cases’, as well as providing expertise in whistleblowing and a range of non-financial misconduct matters, including race and sex discrimination and sexual misconduct matters. Core specialisms for the firm are menopause-related cases and employee competition issues, as well as financial services and legal sector matters. Managing partner Gareth Brahams spearheads the group and ‘is top of his game, a tenacious and highly experienced negotiator’. His team includes the ‘highly experienced and professionalClaire Dawson; Polly Rodway, who has a particular focus advising female executives; financial services and insurance sector specialist Nick Wilcox; and key senior associates Samantha Prosser and Clare Brereton.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Brahams

Other key lawyers:


‘Highly experienced employment lawyers who specialise in representing the senior employees in the Financial Services sector. What sets BDBF apart is their tenacity and ability to represent their clients from a position of strength. BDBF are also leaders in discrimination cases.’

‘Gareth Brahams is top of his game, a tenacious and highly experienced negotiator, he has your corner at all times and will drive home the best outcome without losing sight of the bigger picture.’

‘Claire Dawson is highly experienced and professional with a deep and thoughtful understanding of all employment related law. Claire is very efficient in her work and can turn around high quality responses quickly and concisely.’

‘BDBF have an outstanding practice for individuals. Their partners are extremely experienced, ambitious and adopt novel legal approaches to further their clients interests. A real presence in the employee space, who all senior executives should consider for their employment matters.’

‘Nick Wilcox is a commercially minded, sensible, compassionate but hard-nosed litigator. He takes the ebbs and flows of litigation in his stride, and retains a strategic focus. Clare Brereton is an excellent Senior Associate with outstanding client management skills, and serious litigation nous.’

‘BDBF has a strong boutique employment team, dealing with wide-ranging disputes. An impressive feature of their offering is the expertise in statutory tribunal disputes as well as High Court disputes including bonus and shares claims.’

‘The team is able to draw on this diverse expertise to offer a 360 degree service and is a particular reason why they are strong for high value claimant work and work with a City focus. I consistently recommend them to friends and contacts.’

‘Gareth Brahams is a leading figure in employment law practice and well deserves his top ranking. He brings a depth of experience and legal understanding to his cases as well as strong strategic vision. Gareth leads an excellent team with no weak links.’

Work highlights

  • Achieved a novel and acclaimed victory for a cash equities trader at JP Morgan who was dismissed for gross misconduct for alleged ‘spoofing’ (unlawful market manipulation).
  • Acted for an individual who brought a claim against Queensgate Investments LLP for automatic unfair dismissal for having made protected disclosures (whistleblowing), establishing new law in the process.
  • Represented a client in his disability discrimination claim in the EAT and the Court of Appeal.

Employment > Employers Tier 6

Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP's name partner Gareth Brahams leads a group of ‘technically highly skilled lawyers with emotional intelligence and strategic nous'. Continuing to focus on the regulated financial services and insurance sectors, the group routinely handle matters at the intersection of employment and regulatory law, such as Solvency II, the Remuneration Code, and on Solicitors Regulation Authority implications in respect of sexual harassment. It is also recognised for its capabilities in employment litigation.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Brahams


‘BDBF’s practice for employers is increasing wide-ranging and astute.’

‘Their historical experience of acting for individuals sets them apart from many employer-only firms.’

‘The are an efficient, responsive and resourceful team.’

‘BDBF handles a very significant volume of litigation – possibly more than any other employment team in the UK.’

‘Phenomenal employment law specialists for both employer and employee.’

‘Their lawyers are technically highly skilled but also have huge emotional intelligence and strategic nous which is essential when dealing with employment disputes.’

‘I wouldn’t go anywhere else for contentious employment matters.’

The firm: BDBF is a leading specialist employment law firm based in the City of London. The firm has fought and won some of the highest value employment disputes of recent years against a range of ‘magic circle’ opponents. Its 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.

Principal areas of work
Employment and partnership law
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.

Employers: 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.

Clients: 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 BrahamsManaging Partner
Paula Chan photo Paula ChanPartner
Claire Dawson photo Claire DawsonPartner, Employment Lawyer Claire acts for senior executives, professionals, directors and LLP…
Polly Rodway photo Polly RodwayPartner
Nick Wilcox photo Nick WilcoxPartner
Number of UK partners : 5
Number of other UK fee-earners : 12
Employment Law Association