Bina Patel

Experience:

Bina has extensive experience in dealing with all aspects of employment law and related matters. She acts for both employers and senior executives across various sectors in providing advice and dealing with disputes. Bina is a strong litigator and regularly deals with claims in the Employment Tribunal, including claims for unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, discrimination, sexual harassment, victimisation, equal pay, unlawful deduction of wages, and part-time workers’ discrimination, as well as claims in the High Court including in respect of breach of contract and disputes involving post termination restrictions.

Her advisory work for employers includes advice on dealing with grievance and disciplinary matters, sickness absences and capability procedures, performance management, redundancies and reorganisations, business protection and restrictive covenants issues, terminations of employment, contracts, staff handbooks and policies as well as day to day HR advice.

For executives, in addition to the above matters, she regularly advises on employment contracts and consultancy agreements, managing exits and negotiates valuable termination packages as well as large financial settlements in litigation.

Bina particularly enjoys the personal nature of working closely with both senior executive and employer clients and developing good working relationships, finding commercial and practical solutions for clients and maximising and achieving the best results for them.

Examples of recent work:

Bina recently secured a great result for an employer client in settling employment tribunal proceedings involving multiple claims by persuading the Claimant to withdraw his claims in exchange for agreeing not to pursue the Claimant for costs.

She also acted for a leading market research company and was successful in obtaining suitable undertakings and a settlement sum from an ex-employee in respect of his misuse of confidential information and breach of restrictive covenants – avoiding the substantial time and expense of injunction proceedings in the High Court.

She has also recently achieved a substantial financial settlement for a senior executive in respect of his whistleblowing claim and has successfully helped many senior executives to exit from their difficult employment situations (including where there was evidence of bullying, harassment and discrimination) and negotiating high value termination packages for them.

Notable cases:

Bina worked with Jill Scott acting for the successful appellant in Prophet Plc v Huggett, a leading High Court and Court of Appeal case relating to the enforceability of post-termination restrictions

Comments from clients:

“Our organisation regularly works with Bina Patel on human resources and personnel matters. We find her extremely capable, professional and responsive to our specific needs. She delivers on time and as promised, she makes it a priority to understand our organisation and its requirements and she provides outstanding and reliable support when we have to deal with difficult HR matters. We have worked with Archon and with Bina for many years and have always been more than satisfied with the service she and Archon deliver” Chief Operating Officer, Global energy sector employer

“Bina’s advice was always fair and balanced, which allowed me to gain a better perspective of the case and the counterpart’s position and strategy. Bina’s strategic thinking combined with her attention to detail allowed me to drive the process and retain a greater control of the case. The successful results achieved are a testament of Bina’s dedication and work ethics” Senior Executive in respect of his whistleblowing claim

“Bina has helped me three times in my career. The first time was when Bina advised and assisted me in my exit from a leading bank in the City. The second time, Bina advised me on the terms of an employment contract in my new role as a trader. The third time, Bina assisted me in setting up my own firm in providing consultancy services, including helping me to negotiate beneficial terms of a consultancy agreement with a prospective client. Bina has always acted professionally and thoroughly in dealing with these matters. Bina ensured that she explained things to me clearly and concisely in order to help me understand my position and guide me through each matter which I greatly appreciated. I found her advice in helping me to negotiate settlement agreements and contracts based on her experience of dealing with similar issues particularly helpful and which ultimately resulted in a better outcome for me. I would not hesitate to recommend Bina’s services in employment law” Company director and derivatives trader

“I thought you provided an excellent service. You were extremely professional throughout our interactions and you took the time to go through my case very thoroughly. This meant that you genuinely understood my needs and we could have an informed conversation about the best course of action. You helped me through a difficult situation and I am very grateful for that. I would have no hesitation in using your services again should the need arise” Senior Employee on employment exit

Other:

Bina trained at Archon and qualified as a solicitor in 2005. She is fluent in Gujarati.

She is a contributor to Termination of Employment (Bloomsbury) and is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, the Industrial Law Society, the Society of Asian Lawyers, the Association of Asian Women Lawyers and the Women in Business Network.

She enjoys travelling far and wide, cycling, yoga, football and poker.