Provided by Leigh Day
The Leigh Day employment team is known for bringing innovative cases which redefine the boundaries of employment and discrimination law, and for pursuing claims in unusual and emerging sectors.
In 2018 the team successfully represented Uber drivers in the Court of Appeal in their ongoing case to challenge the exploitation of workers by companies in the gig economy.
In the same year they successfully represented 250 Judges in the Court of Appeal in their ongoing case to challenge discriminatory changes to their pensions. The team are also instructed by thousands of police officers in relation to changes to theirs.
Leigh Day are currently representing over 40,000 supermarket employees in their ongoing legal challenge over alleged breaches of equal pay legislation by the ‘big 5’ supermarkets with cases heading to the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice to clarify Equal Pay law.
The team works with various unions, including Unison and GMB, on individual claims and complex group actions including representing several hundred claimants on behalf of the GMB union in claims in respect of the Working Time Directive.
The team also contains some of the most advanced and experienced specialist discrimination and whistleblowing practitioners in the country, who between them have successfully litigated some of the most high-profile claims particularly in the areas of race religion/belief and disability.
Market-leading employment team noted for its capabilities in representing group claimants. Praised by interviewees for its representation of individuals against large businesses. Adept at handling all types of discrimination claims, particularly sex and disability. The team has been at the forefront of attempts by individuals employed in the 'gig economy' to claim employment status.
Interviewees say: "Nobody knows more about equal pay claims than they do."
Clients appreciate that the lawyers "have expertise and compassion."
"They have driven the most important class action litigation," says one impressed source, who particularly highlights the solicitors' "ability to spot points that need to be litigated."
Acted for over 45,000 shop workers in an equal pay claim against Asda heard before the Supreme Court.
Chris Benson is a leading claimant solicitor who is regularly called upon to handle major disputes involving trade union, equal pay and discrimination matters. He is experienced in cases in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Benson also acts as the managing partner of Leigh Day.
"He is a real visionary solicitor with an extraordinary ability to see if someone has a good legal point or a good argument."
Kiran Daurka draws praise for her representation of employees bringing equal pay, whistle-blowing and discrimination claims. She has experience acting on cases up to the Supreme Court. She also serves as chair of the firm's BAME network.
"She is a brilliant strategist, and employees really like working with her - she is a star."
Nigel MacKay is well known for his expertise in high-profile employment cases including employment status and equal pay claims. He is also adept at handling discrimination and whistle-blowing matters.
"He is an excellent, determined lawyer. He had a detailed knowledge of the claim, he guided me through a complicated process, and his advice was accurate and valuable."
Elizabeth George is highly experienced in advising on the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment issues. She regularly assists clients with claims involving equal pay, discrimination, harassment and breach of contract.
"She is a well-respected claimant lawyer who is passionate, and that gives her an edge."
Michael Newman is experienced in advising employees on a wide range of issues including discrimination and whistle-blowing. He is noted for his work on major worker status and equal pay disputes.
"He is always responds to emails and queries without delay, and he gives helpful, measured and considered responses that a lay client can readily understand. He is also happy to consider alternative suggestions when thinking about a way forward." "He pays close attention to detail, and he gives brilliant and strategic advice - he is a fount of knowledge, wisdom and clarity."
Emma Satyamurti is frequently called upon to handle a variety of contentious employee-side work, including harassment, discrimination, whistle-blowing, unfair dismissal and equal pay matters. She offers experience acting in the Employment Tribunal and High Court. In addition to her role as co-head of the employment department, she also established Leigh Day's disability and allies committee.
"She is an excellent, technical lawyer." "Emma is an incredibly compassionate and supportive solicitor."
Annie Powell assists employees with a range of employment disputes, including unfair dismissal and discrimination claims. She has notable experience in employment status cases in the so-called 'gig economy'.
"Annie is driven and passionate for her clients."