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Shubha Banerjee

Associate solicitor

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She's a brilliant lawyer who brings total commitment to her clients. – Chambers and partners 2020
Shubha Banerjee is "responsive, intelligent, analytical and robust." – Chambers and partners 2019
Shubha joined Leigh Day in 2013  and has specialised in employment law for 19 years.  She has particular expertise in discrimination law and has a strong track record advising individual claimants and trade unions on the full range of employment and discrimination rights.    
 
Shubha won a long-running discrimination case against the Ministry of Justice in June 2019 on behalf of a group of about 250 judges who sit in a range of jurisdictions in respect of changes made to their pensions.  These changes were implemented by the Government in 2015 as part of a public sector wide initiative to reform public sector pensions.  The changes were found by the Employment Tribunal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, and most recently the Court of Appeal (in December 2018) to be unlawfully discriminatory on grounds of age and race, and to breach the principle of equal pay.  In June 2019, the Supreme Court refused to give the Ministry of Justice permission to appeal further and so the judge Claimants have now won their claims.  This case will have a significant and wide-ranging impact upon other public sector groups (doctors, teachers, nurses, amongst others) as similar changes were made to their pensions as part of the reforms to public sector pensions. 
 
Shubha is also pursuing discrimination claims for doctors in respect of the similar changes made to their pensions. 
 
Her team has also been instructed over the last seven years by about 140 part time judges in respect of claims for a breach of the Part Time Worker Regulations in relation to pensions and other benefits, which has included a number of appeals to the Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal.
 
Shubha is also pursuing claims for part time worker discrimination on behalf of a number of Circuit Judges who spend part of their time sitting as High Court Judges or Judges in the Court of Appeal, but do not receive the appropriate level of remuneration for this work. 
  
She was The Times newspaper's 'Lawyer of the Week' in January 2017 as a result of her work on the judges' discrimination claims and was nominated for the Solicitors Journal's 'Legal Personality of the Year' award in May 2017. 
 
Before working at Leigh Day, Shubha worked at a firm of solicitors that represented trade unions and its members for seven years, with three of those as a partner. She then moved to work in-house at a trade union for over five years, where her work included managing the union’s legal department and its legal services. Shubha has advised clients and run claims on all aspects of employment law. She also has extensive experience of multi-claimant cases. 

Shubha has acted in a number of high-profile/appeal cases including: 

 
  • Burton & Engel v MoJ [2016] IRLR 100
  • Edge & Burton v MOJ UKEAT/0247/15
  • Moultrie & ors v Ministry of Justice UKEAT/0239/14/LA

Professional Memberships

Shubha sits on the Executive Committee of the Industrial Law Society and is a member of and regular contributor to the Legislative and Policy Committee of the Employment Lawyers Association.  As part of her work on the Legislative and Policy Committee, she has chaired and has been involved in a number of working parties that provide responses to government consultations on employment law issues. She also co-chairs the Legislative and Policy Committee's standing committee on Brexit and has contributed to/co-written a number of articles about the impact of Brexit on workers’ rights.

Client comments:

‘Firstly, I’ve been remiss, and have not thanked you for all you have done for me on the claim.  I am very grateful.  You’ve been a constant source of encouragement, and what a result.  Thank you all very much indeed.’
 
‘Can I also thank you and your team for your work. Not only have you achieved the desired result but your communication throughout has been excellent. It is greatly appreciated.’

Shubha Banerjee in the news

Shubha has had interviews with the BBC, the Times, and various legal publications: 

Accreditations

  • Chambers and Partners
  • Legal 500 2017 Recommended lawyer

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