Navid Pourghazi specialises in employment and discrimination law. He regularly acts for both claimants and respondents. Although only called in 2015 he has already been instructed in significant cases before the EAT, Court of Appeal and CJEU. His experience includes multi-day discrimination and whistleblowing claims, employment status cases, restrictive covenant cases, and high-value bonus claims. Recent work includes Efobi v Royal Mail Group Ltd and high-profile equal pay claims against the BBC. 

His expertise spans commercial, civil liberties & human rights, professional discipline and sports law. He is a member of the Equality & Human Rights Commission’s Panel of Counsel, and is ranked as a highly-rated practitioner in Chambers UK Bar Guide 2021.

Before coming to the Bar, Navid worked in several different fields, including as a Graduate Tutor of Moral Philosophy at Oxford University. He worked on International Public Law matters as a Consultant to the United Nations, and assisted an FCO-funded delegation of senior British lawyers investigating the treatment of children in military court systems.

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Employment

Navid is recommended in the Chambers UK Bar Guide 2021 as a highly rated employment practitioner.

Navid has extensive experience across a wide range of employment matters, acting for both senior employees and large employers / commercial organisations. He has been instructed in multi-day whistleblowing claims, employment status cases, restrictive covenant cases, and high-value bonus claims. Navid also has a growing practice in information and data protection law.

Navid has recently acted as junior counsel in High Court proceedings in a claim concerning share options and bonuses worth approximately half a million pounds, as junior counsel in a whistleblowing claim brought against a global bank which settled for over half a million pounds, and as sole counsel on behalf of over 20 claimants bringing breach of contract claims against a major high street retailer. 

For details of sub-areas of work within employment law, see the sections titled “Discrimination”, “Whistleblowing”, and “Employee Competition” below.

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Discrimination

Navid has a very busy discrimination practice acting for both claimants and respondents in the fields of work/employment, goods and services, public functions and education. He is often instructed in long and complex hearings, including as sole counsel against senior juniors and QCs. He has a particular interest and expertise in equal pay claims and sensitive claims of sexual harassment. He is a member of the Equality & Human Rights Commission's Panel of Counsel, and has been instructed in high-profile cases, including Royal Mail v Efobi and BBC equal pay litigation. Further information on Navid’s discrimination practice outside the employment/work context can also be found below under the section “Civil Liberties & Human Rights”.

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Whistleblowing

Navid regularly advises on, and acts in, complex whistleblowing claims, often alongside claims for discrimination, unfair dismissal or unpaid bonuses. 

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Employment Status & Contracts

Despite being called in 2015 Navid has already acted in, and advised on, a number of significant employment status cases.

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Employee Competition

Navid has experience advising on employee competition matters and accepts instructions across the full range of employee competition and business protection issues.

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Investigations & Inquiries

Navid already has substantial experience conducting highly sensitive and confidential investigations for large organisations as part of grievance, misconduct and disciplinary processes. 

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Professional Discipline

Navid is frequently instructed in long-running, sensitive, and complex professional discipline cases. He accepts instructions to represent both professional regulatory bodies and individuals facing charges of misconduct and/or breach of their profession’s rules in a range of fields including education, medicine, sport, and law. He is often instructed early in a case to advise on the best way to navigate the professional disciplinary procedures.

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Navid has considerable experience of discrimination claims outside the employment/work context as well as experience in wider civil liberties and human rights issues. He is a member of the Equality & Human Rights Commission’s Panel of Counsel and was formerly a member of the Bar Human Rights Committee's Drafting Committee. 

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Achievements

Education

  • BA (Hons): Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Wadham College, University of Oxford, 1st Class
  • MPhil: Political Theory, Balliol College, University of Oxford
  • GDL: City Law School
  • BPTC: City Law School, Outstanding, ranked 5th out of 350 in year


Professional awards

  • 2018 – Nominated for the National Bar Pro Bono Award: “Young Barrister of the Year”
  • 2017 – Jointly nominated for the National Bar Pro Bono Award (with Tom Coghlin QC)
  • 2017 – Bar Pro Bono Unit award for invaluable contribution to pro bono work
  • 2016 – Camden Volunteer Award: In recognition of the pro bono representation provided to clients at the Camden Community Law Centre

University prizes

  • 2015 – Everard Award for exceptional BPTC results at City Law School
  • 2014 – Shortlisted for City Law School Prize for public law coursework
  • 2007 – Highest Final Honour School marks in PPE at Wadham College, University of Oxford
  • 2007 – Eprime Eshag Award for overall performance in Economics at Wadham College, University of Oxford

Inns of Court prizes and scholarships

  • 2015 – Buchanan Prize for outstanding results in the BPTC 
  • 2015 – Walter Wigglesworth Scholarship
  • 2014 – Lord Denning BPTC Scholarship
  • 2013 – Lord Bowen GDL Scholarship
  • 2013 – Hardwicke Entrance Award

Publications

'Employment: Religious discrimination' (with Schona Jolly QC) – Insight, West Law 


Memberships

  • Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA) 
  • Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)
  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
  • Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA) 
  • Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) 
  • The Constitutional & Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA) 
  • Free Representation Unit (FRU)


Other relevant information

Navid is an Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator with ADR Group.

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