Gareth Brahams is a recognised leader in the field of employment law and chairs the principal industry body for employment lawyers, the Employment Lawyers Association.
He has nearly 25 years’ experience in employment law advising large and small employers, employees, partners and members of LLPs.
He is renowned for taking on and beating some of the largest employers and LLPs in the world in financial services and other sectors.
His particular specialisms include: discrimination and whistleblowing claims; restrictive covenants; team moves and disputes about TUPE; stress at work and misrepresentation. He also advises on high level severances and new contracts for senior executives.
His style is to be expert, and fearsome when required, but engaging and empathetic with clients.
Career Highlights include:
- Acting for Achim Beck in his claim against CIBC in four successfully contested hearings in the 42 year old’s high profile age discrimination claim. The case was reported on the front page of the Financial Times (see link).
- Acting for Paul Ryb in his whistleblowing claim against Nomura. The case was ultimately settled on confidential terms but an interim hearing attracted reporting in the Times, Financial Times and Daily Telegraph (see link).
- Acting for John Pickett in his whistleblowing case against Citigroup. The case was ultimately settled on confidential terms but was reported at earlier stages in the Times, Financial Times and Wall Street Journal.
- Acting for RCO in RCO v Unison, a leading TUPE case.
Described as “bright, energetic and hands-on” as well as “widely recognised as a terrific lawyer who strives more than most to get the best result for his clients” in Chambers,
Gareth has been ranked for four consecutive years (including in the current edition of this leading independent directory) as being in the top tier of employment lawyers advising senior executives. The most recent edition describes him as “exceptional in all respects, particularly his ability to quickly assimilate a wide range of facts and distil them into cogent, helpful advice”
The Legal 500 describe Gareth as “an unrelenting opponent”, a “fierce negotiator”, “able to sniff out the weakness on the other side”, and most recently as “a flawless lawyer”. It likewise has listed Gareth as one of the leading individuals in the whole employment law field for a number of years.
Gareth was cited as one of only two employment lawyers in The Lawyer Magazine’s ‘Hot 100 Lawyers to Watch’.
Gareth lives in Muswell Hill with his family. When he is not working, he plays football, watches Arsenal, cycles, swims, hikes, reads and socialises.