Safia is an experienced employment practitioner, with expertise across the whole range of employment matters representing both Claimants and Respondents. She has a particular interest in discrimination cases and is regularly instructed in high value, complex cases. Safia has a wealth of trial experience in both the Employment Tribunal and the appellate courts, and is renowned for her incisive cross-examination skills.
In addition, she has a thriving personal injury practice, often related to injuries sustained at work.
Safia is direct access qualified and welcomes instructions on this basis. She also provides training and seminars on a wide range of issues, often tailored to the client’s specific needs.
Safia is currently Head of Pupillage and a pupillage supervisor, and relishes the opportunity to support the careers of those entering the profession.
Safia represents Claimants and Respondents throughout the spectrum of employment issues, including dismissals, discrimination issues, TUPE and contract claims.
She is happy to be involved at any stage – from advising prior to issues or allegations being made, through to drafting claims/responses and advising on merits and negotiation tactics. She is regularly instructed in high value, complex discrimination cases (which are her forte), especially in cases where numerous allegations are made.
Safia is particularly skilled in trial representation and cross examination, and is noted for her ability to forensically dismantle a witness’s testimony to the benefit of her client.
Safia also has experience of conducting investigations on behalf of clients, including interviewing relevant individuals and compiling a report on her findings.
Safia’s personal injury practice encompasses advising and representing both Claimants and Defendants across a wide range of areas, including accidents at work or arising from employment (where her employment experience is invaluable), trips and slips, and road traffic accidents.
Safia accepts work under a conditional fee arrangement, and also on a direct access basis.
Safia regularly acts on behalf of both Claimants and Respondents in both the Employment Tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal in all areas of employment law, including unfair and wrongful dismissal, all forms of discrimination (including sex, race, disability, religion and sexual orientation), breach of contract, TUPE, and redundancy. She has developed a strong discrimination practice, and is often instructed in complex matters where numerous allegations are made.
Safia is happy to provide written advice on liability and remedy throughout the course of a claim.
Safia has also acted in judicial mediations and in civil claims arising out of employment relationships, as well as in internal disciplinary and appeal processes.
Safia has given seminar talks on a variety of employment related areas, the most recent being ‘Remedies in high value discrimination cases’ and ‘Navigating the TUPE maze’. She also provides in-house training courses on preparing for employment tribunal hearings specifically tailored to the client concerned, often in the form of ‘mock tribunals’.
Examples of recent work include: