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Navid practices out of Cloisters Chambers, and accepts instructions in the following areas of law: commercial, employment, discrimination, public law & human rights, regulatory & professional discipline, personal injury and clinical negligence.

Navid has gained extensive advocacy experience in the Employment Tribunal and County Court and has an impressive record against opponent counsel several years above his call.

Notable achievements include:

• Efobi v Royal Mail Group Ltd (EAT) – A landmark decision on the burden of proof in discrimination cases under s. 136 Equality Act 2010 (led by Tom Coghlin)

• Obtaining judgment against the Stroke Association in a multi-day disability discrimination case.

• Representing a claimant in a complex equal pay claim against a multi-national company, with numerous equal pay comparators. The respondent settled the case for the full value claimed after the substantive hearing and before judgment was handed down.

Navid has a particular interest in equal pay claims, and restrictive covenants. He has advised numerous multi-national companies on restrictive covenants, and has delivered several talks and training sessions at magic and silver circle law firms on both equal pay and restrictive covenants, and has been described in solicitors’ formal feedback as "one to watch”.

Navid also frequently accepts instructions in matters involving whistle-blowing; bonus claims; contractual disputes; employment status; holiday pay; national minimum wage; redundancy; unfair dismissal; and TUPE transfers.

Navid is developing an expertise in University work, particularly Russell Group universities. He has acted as an independent disciplinary appeal officer for a multi-national company involving complex fraud allegations against an employee. He has also represented clients in highly sensitive cases involving issues of national security and sexual abuse.

As a pupil, Navid assisted in a high-profile 3-week unfair dismissal case arising out of Operation Trojan Horse, in which a school in Birmingham successfully defended allegations that its senior leadership team had forged the resignation letters of teaching assistants.

Navid accepts instructions in public law, and all areas relating to civil liberties & human rights. Navid has been selected as a member of the Bar Human Rights Committee's Drafting Committee, and is currently drafting submissions to the UN on potential international human rights abuses. Navid is also a member of the Government Legal Department’s Junior Junior Panel.

Prior to joining the Bar, Navid developed a background working on International Public Law matters. He has worked as a Consultant to the United Nations, and has assisted an FCO-funded delegation of senior British lawyers to investigate the treatment of children in military court systems abroad.

Navid has a growing regulatory and professional discipline practice. He has a particular interest in regulatory cases in sports, education and medical contexts. He appeared before the Health & Care Professions Council disciplinary tribunal for a 5-day hearing against a social worker involving allegations of failure to recognise risks of sexual abuse to a child in protection, and has been instructed to represent a Headteacher in a complex, 9-day hearing involving allegations of manipulating pupils’ assessment data.

Navid has experience drafting complex pleadings for the High Court and County Court. He has advised many clients in relation to liability and quantum in both clinical negligence and personal injury claims, and is regularly instructed to act in relation to Infant Settlement Approval Hearings and Stage 3 Hearings. His PI work encompasses employers’ liability; occupiers’ liability; public liability; RTAs; and fatal accidents.

Before coming to the Bar, Navid worked in several different fields, including as a Graduate Tutor of Moral Philosophy at Oxford University. In his spare time, Navid acts as the co-Director of the Omid Trust, a UK-based organisation that provides scholarships to Iranian students to study Masters degrees in the UK.

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