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Shah Qureshi

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Biography

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, 2018

"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

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 11/07/2018
    Sexual Misconduct 'Rife' At Large City Law Firms Says Former Junior Lawyer

    “The evidence given to the Women and Equalities Committee should come as no surprise. We have already seen gender discrimination and harassment in other sectors such as financial services and media. It is important that employers in the City ensure that the victims of sexual harassment have sufficient trust and confidence to be able to raise complaints without fear of retribution. Otherwise the danger is a discriminatory culture can become embedded in the organisation.”

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  • 05/07/2018
    Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal Orders Over £300,000 Of Costs Against Banned Solicitor

    “Although this is an extreme case it should act as a cautionary tale to solicitors and other regulated professionals of the need to fulfil their regulatory obligations. The level of compliance required is usually over and above that of other types of employee.”

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  • 21/06/2018
    Women In Sport Facing Discrimination, Says Report

    “The findings of Women in Sport resonate with the high levels of gender discrimination reported in other professions including the banking, the media and politics. The governing bodies such as the FA and UK Athletics need to grasp the nettle by accepting there is a problem and taking swift action.”

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