Call: 1999

Niazi specialises in employment, personal injury, professional negligence and motor insurance-related disputes.

Niazi co-edits 2TG’s personal injury and clinical negligence journal “Injury Times” and is a contributing editor of both “The Law of Human Rights” (Clayton & Tomlinson, Oxford) and “The Law of Motor Insurance” (Merkin & Stuart-Smith, Sweet & Maxwell). He is also co-author of the employer’s liability section of the UMIST Commercial Management MSc course.

In addition, Niazi is an accredited advocacy trainer for the Employment Lawyers’ Association.

  • Employment

    • Acts for claimants and respondents in all areas of employment law, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, harassment, redundancy, ill-health retirement, flexible working, transfer of undertakings, pensions, and human rights issues.

      Contributing editor of “The Law of Human Rights” (Clayton & Tomlinson, Oxford), co-author of employer’s liability section of UMIST Commercial Management MSc course, accredited ELA advocacy trainer, regular speaker at CLT seminars on employment law and related topics (including Remedies, Tribunal Practice and Procedure, and Liability for Stress at Work).

      Highly experienced in employment-related personal injury litigation, particularly cases concerning health and safety at work, stress, bullying and harassment.

      Notable cases include:

      Naeem v Secretary of State for Justice (UKEAT/0215/2013) EAT (whether pay scheme for prison chaplains discriminatory on grounds of race or religion).

      Azam & Ors v DWP (2011) Reading ET (multiple unfair dismissal claims arising from non-renewals of fixed-term contracts – impact of compliance/non-compliance with civil service “fair and open competition” requirements).

      S v Secretary of State for Justice (2011) Ashford ET (gross misconduct dismissal – sexual harassment).

      Nambalat v Tayeb (2011) – conjoined appeals UKEAT/0596/10, UKEAT/0597/10 & UKEAT/0598/10 (scope of “family worker exemption” to National Minimum Wage legislation).

  • Personal Injury

    • Extensive experience in substantial claims in all areas, with particular emphasis upon employer’s liability for accidents and stress at work and industrial injury and illness litigation.

      Instructions have included claims valued in excess of £1m.

      Cases include representing the successful defendant in Brazier v Wolverhampton CC [2007] EWCA Civ 1479 (multiple accidents – correct application of Baker v Willoughby in acceleration injury cases).

      Practice also includes fatal accident claims, health and safety prosecutions, the interpretation and application of the Motor Insurers’ Bureau Agreements, and all aspects of civil procedure including limitation points, effective service of proceedings, striking out, summary disposal, costs, expert evidence, disclosure and CRU payments and appeals.

      Regular speaker and contributor to legal journals on personal injury and related matters.

  • Professional Negligence

    • Practises extensively in the professional negligence and professional disciplinary fields. Particular experience of clinical negligence claims, and claims against solicitors, valuers and construction professionals. Speaks regularly on both liability and quantum issues.

  • Professional Regulation

    • Considerable experience in professional regulation, a feature of which has been lengthy and complex inquiries before the General Medical Council.

      Notable cases include GMC v Onen & Onyango, 2001, GMC v Brewer et al, 2003–6 (serious professional misconduct – irresponsible and inappropriate prescribing), and GMC v Van Velzen, 2005 (“Alder Hey babies” case).

  • Motor Insurance

    • Insurance practice covers policy interpretation, repudiation and avoidance for misrepresentation and non-disclosure, property damage claims, compulsory insurance and Motor Insurers’ Bureau matters. He has a particular interest in motor insurance. He is a contributor to The Law of Motor Insurance (Merkin & Stuart Smith, Sweet & Maxwell).

  • Publications

    • The Law of Human Rights, Oxford (2003), contributing editor.

      The Law of Motor Insurance, Sweet & Maxwell (2004), contributor.

      Various articles in the New Law Journal, 2000 to date.

      2002 Contributing editor to The Law of Human Rights (Clayton and Tomlinson), Oxford.

      Keeping the Woolf away from your expert, 151 NLJ 766.

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