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Discrimination for Professional Practices

Our team of discrimination experts have an outstanding reputation, particularly for handling tribunal discrimination litigation.

What differentiates us is that we work very closely with our clients and their managers to develop strategies and procedures to manage the risk of discrimination claims in their business in a way which takes into account their key business concerns and culture.  This means that we are flexible in our approach, give robust views on risk and have a strong focus on finding practical solutions.  Our team of discrimination experts has been praised for their ability to explain complex concepts in a human and understanding way and we consider it an important part of our advice to ensure that clients feel properly supported throughout when involved in sensitive and stressful discrimination claims.

We have advised many professional firms including law firms, accountancy firms on managing situations in such a way as to limit exposure to discrimination claims and, where claims have been bought against a firm, have advised them throughout the course of tribunal litigation. We have also acted on high profile cases for partners (equity and non-equity) bringing claims against firms.

 Our expertise

  • Handling grievances and other complaints of discrimination.
  • Assisting with investigations into complaints about discriminatory treatment.
  • Defending discrimination allegations in the Employment Tribunal on behalf of professional practices.
  • Pursuing discrimination claims for partners, particularly in connection with age discrimination.
  • Advising on internal processes and procedures to limit the risk of discrimination allegations for example redundancy selection processes.
  • Flexible working requests.
  • Drafting equal opportunities and diversity policies.
  • Business specific training for managers on behavioural change to manage litigation risk.

 Our recent experience

  • Acted for a global law firm with over 1,000 lawyers internationally defending claims for age and disability discrimination brought by a former partner
  • Advised a law firm on managing an equity partner with long-term health issues impacting on his performance.
  • Acted for a leading US law firm defending claims for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination by a partner.
  • Providing support for major US law firm in relation to grievance regarding sex and maternity discrimination.
  • Advising individual working within US law firm in relation to discrimination arising out of her long-term health issues.
  • Provided training to both London office and US based senior leadership team on avoiding discrimination risk in the UK.
  • Acted for Colin Tenner, a former equity partner in relation to a complex disability discrimination claim brought against PricewaterhouseCoopers.

     


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Helen Farr
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hfarr@foxwilliams.com


Accreditations

  • Top Ranked Chambers UK 2014 - Leading Firm
  • Ranked in Chambers Europe 2013 - Leading Individual
  • Ranked in Chambers Global 2014 - Leading Firm
  • Legal 500 - Leading Firm
  • The Lawyer UK 200 - Listed Firm
  • The Law Society Excellence Awards 2012 - Shortlisted
  • Investors in People - Bronze