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Shazia is a Partner in our Employment team in London. She has considerable experience in all aspects of employment and professional discipline law, with a particular focus on acting for senior executives.
She represents clients in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal, in cases involving unfair dismissal, high value discrimination claims, whistle-blowing and redundancy. As a formidable negotiator she has achieved high value six settlements in private mediations for clients across all professional disciplines.
Shazia acts for professionals with their respective regulators, including The General Medical Council, The Nursing and Midwifery Council, and The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. She regularly defends senior doctors subject to their local Trust Maintaining High Professional Standards Policy, GMC Fitness to Practice Proceedings, including before Interim Orders Panels.
Shazia’s cases have have been reported in the national media including The Guardian, Independent, Daily Mail, and Daily Telegraph, as well as local press. She is often asked to provide legal comment and has been interviewed by programmes including Radio 4's Today program and Channel 5 News.
She frequently provides expert opinion to legal news advisory agency LexisNexis, informing media coverage such as the BBC News report on women bishops and the Resolution Foundation’s Report into Zero Hour contracts.
"Extremely good with clients and has good tactical awareness." – Chambers & Partners, 2018
"A very gifted claimant lawyer." – Chambers & Partners, 2017
"Immensely helpful, knowledgeable and extremely quick in her dealings with clients" and has an "excellent reputation for dealing with delicate, sensitive discrimination cases". – Chambers and Partners , 2016
"Fast, reliable, and able to combine a realistic assessment of options with a willingness to explore every option going forward." –
Chambers and Partners, 2015
In the Legal 500 Shazia has been recommended in 'Employment: Employee & Trade Union' for three years running.
Shazia qualified as a solicitor in 2002.
“Agency workers should have the same employment rights as the end user’s employees, but it is all too often evident that this has not been the case. It is disappointing that many employers do not fulfil their legal duties towards agency workers. Hopefully this case will put the issue firmly back in the spotlight and enable individuals to enforce their employment rights.
“At Irwin Mitchell we have a strong history of taking group actions and we have put this into practice today. We have now issued the claims in the Leeds Employment Tribunal on behalf of 50 Claimants and served the legal proceedings on both Angard Staffing Solutions Ltd and Royal Mail Group. On behalf of my clients I urge the Respondents to pick up the phone and call me to enable a constructive and equitable resolution to be achieved to this longstanding dispute.”
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