Case study

Discrimination in the City: advising law firms on multi-million pound claims

Posted by : William Dawson

Our reputation for discretion, combined with our experience of handling complex matters of this kind, means we are well placed to advise the professions on how best to deal with such sensitive matters. 

 

Over the last year, Farrers have advised several major law firms defending discrimination and whistleblowing claims, including one which was listed for a multi-week Employment Tribunal hearing where the claimant solicitor sought compensation of several million pounds.

After exchange of witness statements, including compelling evidence from partners within the client firm, the matter was resolved to the satisfaction of the client with no adverse publicity. Firms are increasingly turning to us for help on such matters, where concerns about publicity are very real and frequently used as a threat.

“Handling such situations requires an appreciation of reputational risk on the one hand, balanced by a commercial and robust approach on the other,” explains William Dawson, Farrers Head of Professional Practices Group. “Our reputation for discretion, combined with our experience of handling complex matters of this kind for law firms and others, means that we are well placed to advise the professions on how best to deal with such sensitive matters.”