Our discrimination and whistleblowing barristers are at the forefront of the complex and fast-changing law, in relation to equality of opportunities, protection from discrimination and equal treatment at work.
Members of the team appear in Employment Tribunals and appeal courts throughout the UK, acting for and against major institutions and corporations in both the public and private sector.
We deal with the full range of cases brought under the Equality Act 2010, specifically providing protection against discrimination due to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion and belief, maternity, sexual orientation- all the protected characteristics – whether direct or indirect, through harassment or victimisation, or by neglecting to make reasonable adjustments. The statute also requires equal pay for male and female workers, and we are experienced in cases of this nature, including in relation to bonus payments and pensions. We also frequently deal with discrimination claims when they arise in conjunction with other types of claim, most frequently in relation to whistleblowing and unfair dismissal.
Our barristers have a great deal of experience in Public Interest Disclosures, acting for both the whistleblower employees and for the employers who are either investigating a whistleblowing claim or defending allegations of whistleblowing detriment and victimisation. Claims relating to Public Interest Disclosures often require a more detailed investigation and an in depth understanding of the relevant industry sector than other types of workforce dispute. We are acutely aware that the financial and reputational consequences of whistleblowing can be significant for all parties, and our barristers always advise with this in mind.
We all have expertise in complimentary areas of law which sit at the interface of discrimination, whistleblowing and victimisation claims, including in civil fraud, commercial law, psychiatric injury and disciplinary and regulatory law so are able to draw on this experience when required.
The Head of the Employment team at 2TG, Rehana Azib KC, was awarded ‘Barrister of the Year’ at the Inspirational Women In Law Awards 2021 for her role in leading the equality and diversity conversation at the Bar. She was also shortlisted the same year as ‘Barrister of the Year’ at the Bar Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion.