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Shah Qureshi



Shah is head of the Employment and Professional Discipline team in London. His practice covers all areas of employment law, discrimination law and professional discipline. He is a recognised leader in representing executives and professionals in both contentious and non-contentious work.

He has also developed a good reputation in pursuing successful discrimination and whistleblowing cases against large corporations and public bodies. He has extensive experience of advising on regulatory issues including cases before the Financial Conduct Authority and the General Medical Council, and has a portfolio of key employer clients ranging from national charities, local authorities and companies. He is also an accredited mediator.

Shah is a former Board Member of the Discrimination Law Association and the Muslim Council of Britain’s Legal Affairs Committee. He is an active member of the Employment Lawyer’s Association.

He is the author of the Equal Opportunities chapter of Tolley’s Employment and Personnel Procedures and a former visiting lecturer at London Metropolitan University. He has spoken at conferences held by the Law Society, Employment Lawyers’ Association, National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the Discrimination Law Association.

Shah has been interviewed and quoted in the press including the Guardian, the Times, the Telegraph and the Independent. He has appeared on BBC Newsnight, BBC News, Channel 4 and Radio 5 Live to provide legal comment.

Recent Highlights

  • Represented Sir Nicholas Mostyn, five other High Court judges, and a Court of Appeal judge in the successful age, sex and race discrimination challenge to the government’s new judicial pension scheme.
  • Achieved a seven figure settlement in a whistleblowing claim for the Global General Counsel of a major bank.
  • Successfully represented a female Managing Director in a sex discrimination claim against a US investment bank achieving a seven figure settlement.
  • Acted for Terry Farr, a broker acquitted in the worldwide investigations into LIBOR manipulation. Represented Mr Farr in investigations by the Financial Conduct Authority and the US Department of Justice.  
  • Achieved a six figure settlement in a sex discrimination and harassment claim brought by the former Chief Executive of a barristers’ chambers
  • Successfully represented Tim Nicholson, former Head of Sustainability at Grainger PLC, in establishing environmental beliefs and a belief in climate change are capable of protection under the UK’s equality laws.
  • Advising a number of Chief Executives of Muslim charities on their employment rights and status.

Market View:

"Shah Qureshi is hugely respected for his litigation experience and is also adept at handling claims of discrimination, dismissal and whistleblowing." – Chambers & Partners, 2018

"Combines a ‘very high level of competence and professionalism’ with an ‘absolute commitment to clients’... 'combining innovation with pragmatism and strong client-care skills’." – Legal 500, 2017

"Particularly well known for his skill in handling whistleblowing and discrimination suits. He has a strong reputation for his work with claimants in the financial services sector" – Chambers & Partners, 2016

"Described by one impressed client as smart and dynamic. He regularly works on high profile cases." – Chambers & Partners, 2015

Shah qualified as a solicitor in 2002.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 02/07/2019
    Court Of Appeal Confirms The Equality Act Covers ‘Perceived Disability’ Discrimination

    "This case is the first of its kind to establish that section 13 is capable of encompassing perceived disability discrimination i.e. discrimination which occurs on the basis of a mistaken belief that the person in question is disabled."

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  • 21/06/2019
    Bank of England To Update Policy Following Bullying Cases

    “It comes as no surprise that there were 25 cases of alleged bullying and harassment at the Bank of England. It reflects a widely held view that many financial institutions have a toxic culture of bullying, [with many cases] swept under the carpet.”

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  • 19/12/2018
    Uber Loses Appeal In Key Gig Economy Case

    “Ascertaining the status of an individual is not always easy. The law has been interpreted in numerous cases, but the courts have not yet devised a single test that will conclusively point to the distinction in all cases and this case does not really move that forward. “The courts will consider a number of factors including whether the individual has to undertake work personally, as the drivers did here, and how much control is exercised by the employer. Uber restricted the car type and models its drivers could use, required them to accept a minimum number of trips and issued warnings and log off penalties to those who didn’t comply. Drivers with poor customer scores were deactivated and drivers couldn’t exchange their details with customers. This amounted to a huge amount of control and made a nonsense of the contractual documents drivers had to sign if they wanted to work for Uber.”

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  • 16/11/2018
    Employment Appeal Tribunal Upholds that Addison Lee drivers are 'workers'

    “This ruling will not only mean that thousands of Addison Lee drivers will be entitled to receive holiday pay and the national minimum wage, but is another huge step in how the gig economy is regulated and follows on from similar disputes between Uber and Deliveroo and their workers. Due to the rapid growth of the gig economy the law now needs to be aligned with how people are employed. But we have not seen the last of this issue and I am sure the floodgate of workers’ claiming rights is only going to continue.”

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