Arpita is a founding partner of BDBF and is now a Consultant Lawyer.
Described in Chambers & Partners 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 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 by providing strong leverage for her clients whilst supporting them with empathy and skill throughout the litigation process.
Career highlights include:
Being a dealmaker in severance negotiations for managing directors and C-Suite executives, hedge fund, law firm and private equity LLP members in financial, insurance, professional service firms and the public sector.
Litigating interim relief whistleblowing claims.
Successfully representing NHS Consultant Mr Weerasinghe, in his 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.
Successfully representing Dr Roxana Gunny in her successful claim of sex discrimination against Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Advising specialist NHS Consultants from leading hospitals on whistleblowing claims, defending disciplinary allegations, raising grievances, bullying, harassment and contractual claims.
Representing complainants and witnesses in sexual harassment investigations and regulatory proceedings.
Arpita is a regular speaker at conferences and training events on employment law, entrepreneurship, 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 BDBF’s sister-site ‘Sacked in the City‘ in October 2013 – a website aimed at informing and improving the working lives of senior executives in the City.
Arpita is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association Legislative & Policy Committee and is a member of the Brexit sub-committee, the Industrial Law Society, and is a Freeman of the City of London through her membership of the Company of Entrepreneurs.
She was an independent adviser on the Equality Committee to the trustees of national Citizens Advice and is founder and Trustee of Anti-Racist Alliance Trust – a charity that challenges and combats racism.
Arpita is a culture-phile and foodie, soaking up all that London has to offer. Her curiosity for new cultural experiences has taken her around the world to over 55 countries.