Gareth Brahams is a recognised leader in the field of employment law.
He has over 25 years of experience in employment law advising senior executives and other employees, large and small employers, partners and members of LLPs.
He is particularly renowned for taking on and beating some of the largest employers and LLPs in the world both in the financial services sector and other fields on behalf of individual employees.
His specialisms include: discrimination and whistleblowing claims (where he has fought a number of leading cases); 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 a fearsome fighter when required, but engaging and creative with clients and opponents to reach a deal when it is in the client’s interests.
Career Highlights include:
- Acting for Alex Osipov in his ground-breaking £2 million win, which established in the Court of Appeal the entitlement of whistle blowers to claim against individual directors. This victory, which broke new legal ground, was reported in The Times Newspaper and all the leading law reports and journals.
- 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.
- 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.
He was called on to give evidence before the House of Commons Women and Equalities Select Committee on the role of confidential settlements in sexual harassment claims. That evidence was cited in the Committee’s report and relied upon by the Court of Appeal in its judgment concerning the disclosure of allegations of sexual harassment against Phillip Green. He appeared on Channel 4 News as an expert on the issue.
He is a former Chair of the 6,000-member Employment Lawyers Association and sat on its Management Committee for twelve years.
Gareth is ranked in the elite top tier of employment lawyers advising senior executives by the leading independent directory, Chambers & Partners. He has held that spot for seven years consecutively (including in the current edition).
The most recent edition says of him, “He’s very effective, very clever and litigates very well.” “He really knows his stuff and is brilliant at getting deals for employees.”
The Legal 500 also includes Gareth as one of its “leading individuals” for work for senior employees. It describes Gareth as “an unrelenting opponent”, a “fierce negotiator”, “able to sniff out the weakness on the other side” and “a flawless lawyer”.
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, runs, cycles, swims, hikes, reads and socialises.