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“Approachable, intelligent and great with clients”.

Chambers & Partners (UK Bar) 2017

“Extremely responsive, efficient and good on his feet”.

Legal 500 2015

“Is technically excellent, a robust and a strong advocate, yet approachable”.

Chambers & Partners (UK Bar) 2016

“Has an ability to put witnesses under the necessary amount of pressure on the stand”.

Legal 500 UK 2016

“Frequently works on high-value and complex claims involving discrimination.”

Chambers & Partners (UK Bar) 2017

Paras is a leading junior practitioner specialising in employment law and is recognised by both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 for his work in this field. He is regularly instructed on strategically important, high value, complex and sensitive disputes involving leading corporates, government bodies and senior executives. He is particularly known for his ability as a cross-examiner, his technical ability and his commercial nous. He has developed a national practice with a client base that encompasses a diverse range of sectors and industries and is appointed to the Attorney General’s Regional Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown and the Welsh Assembly Government’s Panel of Junior Counsel in Employment Law. A sample of his clients have included:

IBM, Shell, RAC, RSA, CBRE, Manchester City FC, Michelin Tyres, Adidas, Virgin Active, AstraZenica, Reckitt Benckiser, Unilever, Smith & Nephew, PZ Cussons, Teva UK, British Airways, Balfour Beatty, AMEC Foster Wheeler, Jewsons, DHL, Saint Gobain Building Distribution, Veolia Environmental Services, Air Products, BT, TalkTalk, UK Coal, BSkyB, Molsen Coors, Marriott Hotels, Travelodge Hotels, National Express, Pets at Home, McDonalds, Greggs, Weetabix, Tesco, Topman/Topshop, Matalan, Primark, Barclays Bank, Santander, Royal Bank of Scotland, Co-operative Bank, General Medical Council, Ministry of Justice, DWP, ActionAid, Solicitors Regulation Authority and Amnesty International.

Paras has consistently featured in both the Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 directories each year since 2013. The most recent entries highlight that he:

  • frequently works on high-value and complex claims involving discrimination, whistle-blowing and TUPE. His clients range from large multinational corporations to government departments.” “He is approachable, intelligent and great with clients. He is extremely responsive.” “A persuasive advocate.” Chambers and Partners UK Bar [2017].
  • is “an extremely user-friendly barrister, who has an ability to put witnesses under the necessary amount of pressure on the stand.” and “Very user-friendly and well liked by clients.” Legal 500 UK [2016].

Employment & discrimination

Paras specialises in employment and employment related litigation and has practiced in this field since he started practicing as a barrister.

He is regularly instructed to advise upon disputes in respect of the enforceability of restrictive covenants and the use of confidential information by ex-employees. He has particular experience in  applications for and against injunctive relief and is well versed in dealing with disputes concerning the fiduciary duties of directors and senior employees.

Paras has been involved in a multitude of lengthy and complex multiday public interest disclosure/discrimination cases acting and advising both claimants and respondents nationally. He has built up particular expertise in high value, complex and reputationally sensitive disputes and has acted for some of the largest and most prominent employers in the country across the entire spectrum of claims arising out of these areas, as well as associated claims in the civil courts.

Paras also has extensive experience dealing with TUPE and collective labour disputes on behalf of both claimants and respondents on a national basis. He has particular experience in advising upon the extraterritorial application of the TUPE regulations and is often instructed to deal with crossover issues across the entire spectrum of employment disputes and TUPE transfers. He is also frequently instructed in collective labour disputes such as protective award claims, collective contractual claims, collective bargaining disputes and union recognition claims.

He also maintains an expansive practice in relation to unfair and wrongful dismissal claims and has particular experience in high value concurrent tribunal/civil claims. His practice is balanced in respect of claimant and respondent work and he is regularly instructed on advisory matters pertaining to liability and quantum in the more complex claims. Paras has substantial experience dealing with unfair/wrongful dismissal claims involving senior executives/employees and has advised and regularly represents directors and high net worth individuals in their employment disputes.

Recent cases

  • Mrs V Brown and Others v 1) London General Transport Services Ltd 2) Blue Triangle Buses Ltd UKEAT/0136/16/RN – Instructed (with Louise Mankau) by the Claimants in an appeal concerning non-payment of allowances following a TUPE transfer;
  • Kenyon Road Haulage v Norman Kingston – A2/2014/3446 Instructed to resist appeal before Court of Appeal against successful finding of unfair dismissal on the basis that the tribunal substituted their view of reasonableness and failed to follow the Burchell guidelines
  • Kenyon Road Haulage Ltd v Kingston UKEAT/1238/13/RN – Instructed to resist appeal against successful finding at first instance of unfair dismissal on the basis that the tribunal substituted their view of reasonableness and failed to follow the Burchell guidelines;
  • Mental Health UK Ltd v Biluan & Ors [2013] All ER (D) 265 – Instructed by the respondents to resist an appeal on the grounds that the tribunal substituted their view of reasonableness in a redundancy exercise and/or reached perverse outcomes;
  • Baskaran v IMTECH Traffic & Infra UK Ltd UKEAT/0018/13/GE – Instructed to resist appeal against successful order for costs of £10,000 made by ET at first instance (against Paul Epstein QC) and dismissal of claimant’s claims for race and age discrimination;
  • Local Government Yorkshire and Humber v Shah [2012] All ER(D) 20 (Nov) – Instructed by the appellant and successfully argued before the EAT that any uplift for failing to comply with the ACAS code under s207A TURL(C)A 1992 only applied to employees and not workers;
  • Dixon v Croglin Estate Co Ltd & Ors [2012] EqLR 187 – Instructed on behalf of multiple respondents to defend a high value claim for unfair dismissal and age discrimination;
  • Argyll Coastal Services v Stirling & Ors [2012] IDS Brief 949 – Instructed on behalf of the respondent (led by Nicholas Siddall) in the Scottish EAT to consider, inter alia, the correct interpretation of regulation 3(4)(c) of TUPE 2006;
  • Pybus v Geoquip Limited [2011] All ER (D) 244 – Instructed on behalf of the appellant (led by Nicholas Siddall) before the EAT in an appeal involving a consideration of the correct approach to calculating Polkey deductions in applicable cases;
  • Instructed on behalf of the successful claimant at first instance in the case of Jones and Ors v OCS Group [2009] All ER (D) 138, which concerned the application of a service provision change as defined within regulation 3(1)(b) of TUPE 2006;
  • Instructed on behalf of a Premier League manager to advise on a £2.5 million contractual matter arising out of the termination of his employment;
  • Instructed on behalf of an insurance broker for proceedings against an ex-employee for breach of non-solicitation and non-competition covenants;
  • Instructed on behalf of a European chemical distributor to advise upon proposed injunctive relief proceedings against senior ex-employees for breach of fiduciary duties and misuse of confidential information;
  • Instructed on behalf of a former CEO and director of a professional accountancy body to advise upon proposed injunctive relief proceedings against his former legal advisers for misuse/breach of confidential information;
  • Instructed on behalf of a director of a large facilities management company to advise on concurrent claims for unfair dismissal and unpaid bonus worth £500,000;
  • Instructed on behalf of a doctor in proceedings before the GMC to resist suspension/conditions placed on his licence;
  • Instructed on behalf of a defendant to defend claims of alleged misuse of confidential information, breach of restrictive covenants, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duties including the diversion of corporate opportunities with a pleaded value of £1.65 million;
  • Instructed on behalf of a former managing director of a prominent transport company for claims of detriments and dismissal due to protected disclosures involving health and safety issues in a claim worth in excess of £250,000;
  • Instructed on behalf of multiple claimants in a 25 day case involving claims of whistleblowing and multiple allegations of serious financial impropriety against a prominent public body with the pleaded quantum of the claims exceeding £200,000;
  • Instructed on behalf of multiple respondents in a highly sensitive case listed for 10 days to defend claims of sex discrimination, harassment, victimisation, wrongful and unfair dismissal;
  • Instructed on behalf of a government department to defend claims of sex discrimination with the claimant asserting the pleaded value of his claim at £1.2 million;
  • Instructed on behalf of over 100 claimants to pursue claims for a protective award arising out of a large scale redundancy process, the cumulative value of this successful claim being worth in excess of £1.25 million;
  • Instructed to defend protective award claims arising out of the closure of a large industrial undertaking, the cumulative value being worth in excess of £1 million;
  • Instructed on behalf of a prominent coal operating company in administration to defend claims for a protective award and failure to consult under regulation 13 TUPE involving a potential liability of over £4 million;
  • Instructed on behalf of a claimant who was an ex-employee of a US oil and gas company based in Nigeria to argue at a preliminary hearing that the Tribunal had jurisdiction to entertain his unfair dismissal complaint. Also instructed in substantive 4 day hearing;
  • Instructed on behalf of a respondent to defend an unfair dismissal claim from their ex-Operations Director on the grounds that he had breached his fiduciary duties and sought to set up a competing business whilst in the respondent’s employment;
  • Instructed on behalf of a multinational respondent to defend a claim brought by a senior ex-employee for unfair dismissal, the case involved allegations of theft and fraudulent accountancy practices;
  • Instructed on behalf of an investment banker in one of the pre-eminent global financial services firms in the country to advise on issues arising out of the termination of his employment.

Education

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (First Class Honours) at University of Kent
  • Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) at Exeter College, Oxford
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Law at Exeter College, Oxford
  • Master of Laws (LLM) at King’s College London
  • Bar Vocational Course (BVC) at ICSL

Scholarships

  • Pegasus Scholarship to Hong Kong (Pegasus Scholarship Trust);
  • Major Scholarship (Inner Temple);
  • Leonard Woodley Scholarship (Inner Temple);
  • Bar European Group Phoenicia Scholarship;
  • Faculty of Law Graduate Scholarship for MPhil (Oxford University);
  • Kent Law School Prize for Academic Performance;
  •  Kent Law School Mooting Prize.

Appointments

  • Appointed by the Bar Standards Board as an External Examiner for Employment Law;
  • Convenor and Lecturer on the LLM Employment Law Module at BPP Law School;
  • Judicial Assistant to the Master of the Rolls at the Court of Appeal (Civil Division);
  • Associate Lecturer at the Open University;
  • Visiting Tutor in Employment Law at University of Reading;
  • Examiner in Land Law at Queen Mary, University of London;
  • Visiting Tutor in EC Law at Hertford College, Oxford University;
  • Visiting Lecturer in Land Law at Birkbeck College, London;
  • Visiting Tutor in Land Law at Queen Mary, University of London;
  • Visiting Tutor in Land Law at the University of Leicester;
  • Visiting Tutor in Contract and Company Law at the University of Buckingham.

Memberships

  • Employment Lawyers Appeals Advice Scheme (ELAAS)
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