Employment Law

This is Mukhtiar’s main area of practice and he has been recommended in the Chambers UK Bar Guide directory since 2017. His depth of knowledge in all areas of employment law, coupled with his previous experience in employment relations, enables him to provide sound advice and practical solutions. His investigative background enables him to absorb, analyse and present fact-heavy cases.

Mukhtiar has a particular interest in whistleblowing and discrimination and lectures on these topics.

His practice extends to professional discipline matters, which is often relevant to cases involving financial services and healthcare workers.

He is often instructed in cases that overlap with his commercial practice, including shareholder prejudice; breach of confidentiality; restraint of trade; partnership disputes; and wages/contract claims.

Mukhtiar can assist with all types of disputes, including:

  • Whistleblowing
  • Unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal
  • Discrimination including disability and all types of harassment
  • The Senior Managers Regime
  • Settlement Agreements
  • Restrictive covenants, including urgent injunctions
  • Breach of confidence
  • Unpaid wages
  • Discipline, misconduct and performance
  • Long-term sickness absence
  • Working Time Regulations
  • National Minimum Wage
  • Maternity/adoption rights

Notable Cases

  • Unfair/wrongful dismissal dispute involving a city trader. The central issue was the culture of the (well-known investment) bank at the time, including the prevalence of the alleged misconduct. The case involved a consideration of how a settlement, including a reference, could be achieved in light of the Senior Managers Regime.
  • A 3-day county court case for unpaid pay with counterclaims for fraud and breach of post-termination restrictive covenants. Having been instructed for 2 years on a direct public access basis, successfully settled on the first day of trial securing the full value of the claim and costs.
  • 4-day unfair dismissal case brought by a director-employee involving allegations of financial irregularity and a breach of fiduciary duties.
  • A county court claim for a director’s payment in lieu of notice which had been withheld after the employer alleged to have subsequently discovered breaches of fiduciary duties.
  • 4-day disability discrimination case involving harassment because the employee had a hearing impairment.
  • 3-day claim including age discrimination, detriment, unfair dismissal and holiday pay. Successfully argued that a rolled up holiday pay clause was a sham.
  • Acting pro-bono, successfully negotiated at remedies stage a six-figure settlement for a Claimant who had established that her employer had subjected her to victimisation and race discrimination.
  • A county court claim involving the recoverability of finder’s fees and an allegation of breach of post-termination restrictions.
  • An equal pay case, including sex and pregnancy discrimination, involving bonus schemes in the City. A substantial settlement was obtained on behalf of the client.
  • A whistleblowing case involving a senior manager brought against a leading investment bank.
  • 8-day whistleblowing and unfair dismissal claim brought by a nurse, where a key issue was the meaning of “in the public interest” as inserted by s.17 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act.
  • Unfair dismissal and unpaid holiday case. Successfully argued that a construction worker under a written “self-employed” contract was an employee.

Mukhtiar is a member of the Industrial Law Society; Employment Law Bar Association; Employment Lawyers Association; and Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers.

If you are a solicitor or HR professional seeking training on any issue, please contact Mukhtiar.

If you would like assistance with any employment dispute, please contact Mukhtiar.