Arpita is a founding partner of BDBF.
Described in Chambers & Partners 2015 as “one of the best negotiators around because she routinely gets settlements that are worth more than the cases”, the Legal 500 mirrored this by describing Arpita as an “excellent negotiator“. She is ranked as a leading lawyer in Chambers & Legal 500 2017 and Chambers and Partners 2018 editions.
She was recognised as a “Hot 100” lawyer by “The Lawyer” magazine for her whistleblowing cases, who said that “Word-of-mouth has made her the go-to lawyer for consultant surgeons dismissed after unveiling cases of mismanagement affecting patient care“. Opponents have described her as the ”person they would least want to be against”.
Arpita is a seasoned employment litigator. Her practice involves intelligently but fearlessly tackling the largest institutions and ‘the establishment’ by providing strong leverage for her clients whilst supporting them with care and consideration throughout the process.
Career highlights include:
• Acting for several managing directors from banks and CEOs, hedge fund, law firm and private equity LLP members in successful severance negotiations involving complex issues and remuneration packages.
• Acting for NHS Consultant Mr Weerasinghe, in his successful career-loss dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing claim against an NHS Trust, reported by BBC News and The Sunday Times leading to a 7 figure award.
• Acting for a Professor and Clinical Academic facing career destabilising disciplinary allegations against a leading University.
• Advising several specialist NHS Consultants from leading hospitals on whistleblowing claims, defending disciplinary allegations, raising grievances, bullying, harassment and contractual claims.
• Acting for Mark Shenton, former theatre critic for the Sunday Express in a sexual orientation dismissal claim reported in Private Eye, Huffington Post and The Independent.
Arpita is a regular speaker at conferences and training events on employment law and diversity and inclusion, and a commentator on high profile whistleblowing and employment issues on the BBC, City AM, FT Ignites, The Times and in other publications.
She launched ‘Sacked in the City‘ in October 2013 – a website aimed at informing and improving the working lives of senior executives in the City, and is currently its editor. Take a look – www.sackedinthecity.co.uk
She is a member of he Employment Lawyer’s Association’s Legislative and Policy Committee and Brexit Sub-committees, the Industrial Law Society, Womens’ Executive Network, and is a Freeman of the City of London through her membership of the Guild of Entrepreneurs.
Arpita was an adviser on the Equality Committee to the trustees of national Citizens Advice, founder of ARA Trust – a charity that seeks to combat racism and bridge differences, and a founder and Executive Committee member of Hackney Unites, a social justice organisation.
Arpita enjoys travelling, music, art and theatre, dining out, protest marches, and the intrigue and drama of Game of Thrones and The Good Wife/Fight.