Navid accepts instructions across all areas of Chambers’ work, including employment, discrimination, personal injury, clinical negligence, regulatory, and public law.
Employment, Equality & Discrimination
Navid has already gained extensive advocacy experience in the Employment Tribunal, representing both Claimants and Respondents. He has an impressive record against opponent counsel several years above his call. Notable achievements include:
Obtaining judgment against the Stroke Association in a multi-day disability discrimination case. Navid subsequently achieved an award equivalent to almost two years gross salary for the Claimant at the remedy hearing.
Representing a claimant in a complex, 3-day equal pay and direct sex discrimination case 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 frequently advises on a broad range of issues, including: restrictive covenants; whistle-blowing; employment status; contractual disputes; discrimination and equal pay; military rights; holiday pay; national minimum wage; redundancy; unfair dismissal; and TUPE transfers. Navid is also developing an expertise in University work, particularly Russell Group universities. He is regularly instructed by clients before litigation has started, such as at the start of internal disciplinary proceedings. He has also been instructed to represent clients in complex, multi-day remedy hearings.
In November 2016, Navid delivered a presentation on equal pay and gender pay reporting obligations to over 100 employment solicitors in Inner Temple, and was described in solicitors' formal feedback as "one to watch".
Navid's pupil supervisors in employment law were Ed Williams and Dee Masters. During his seat with Ed Williams, 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 also assisted Ed on a contractual dispute concerning the remuneration due to a Finance Director of a FTSE-100 company under a bonus scheme and Long-Term Incentive Plan.
Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence
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. He is also 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.
Navid's pupil supervisors in clinical negligence and PI were Lisa Sullivan, and Martyn McLeish. As a pupil, he has assisted in multi-day RTA trials, sports injury trials, accidents at work cases, and occupier's liability cases. Navid also worked on numerous clinical negligence cases, including spinal injury cases and catastrophic injuries sustained at birth.
Public law, Civil Liberties & Human Rights
Navid accepts instructions in public law, and all areas relating to civil liberties & human rights. Navid is a member of the Government Legal Department’s Junior Junior Panel, and has recently been selected as a member of the Bar Human Rights Committee's Drafting Committee, responsible for producing first drafts of statements and letters of concern regarding international human rights issues.
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 in the Middle East, and has assisted an FCO-funded delegation of senior British lawyers to investigate the treatment of children in military court systems.
Navid has a growing regulatory practice in line with Chambers' areas of specialism. He has a particular interest in regulatory cases in sports, education and medical contexts. He has been already been instructing to represent a member of the National Association of Head Teachers in a hearing lasting 5-days.
Before studying law, Navid worked in several different fields, including as a Graduate Tutor in Moral Philosophy at Oxford University, and a senior manager of a reprographics business in London. 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 abroad. Navid is also an ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator.