Navid Pourghazi

Year of Call: 2015

PRACTICE AREAS

Clinical Negligence | Commercial Law | Discrimination & Equality | Employment | Human Rights | Personal Injury | Regulatory | Sport and Entertainment

Overview

Navid accepts instructions across all areas of Chambers’ work, including commercial, employment, discrimination, public law & human rights, regulatory & professional discipline, sports law, personal injury and clinical negligence.

COMMERCIAL, EMPLOYMENT & EQUALITY LAW
Navid has extensive advocacy experience in the Employment Tribunal and County Court and has an impressive record against opponent counsel several years above his call. He has experience handling high value litigation, and has acted as junior counsel in cases before the High Court, EAT, and Court of Appeal.

Notable recent achievements include include:
• Obtaining judgment in a multi-day equal pay claim against Compass Group, purportedly the largest contract foodservice company in the world.
• Instructed as sole counsel on behalf of over 20 claimants bringing breach of contract claims against a major high street retailer.
• Obtaining judgment against the Stroke Association in a multi-day disability discrimination case.

Navid has a particular interest in equal pay claims. He has already acted in a high number of multi-day equal pay trials for his call, receiving instructions for claimants and respondents. He is frequently asked to provide, and delivers, talks and training on equal pay law. Navid also has particular expertise in the law of restrictive covenants, regularly providing urgent advice to large corporations and individuals on the law and procedure of enforcement of restrictive covenants.

Navid is currently acting as junior counsel in High Court proceedings in a claim concerning share options and bonuses worth approximately half a million pounds. He recently acted as junior counsel in a whistleblowing claim brought against a global bank which settled for over half a millon pounds.

More generally, Navid accepts instructions in matters involving whistle-blowing (often in the banking and financial services sector); 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.

REGULATORY AND PROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINE
Navid has a significant regulatory and professional discipline practice. He has a particular interest in regulatory cases in sports, education and medical contexts. He is frequently instructed in long-running and complex matters.

In Navid's most recent case, he represented a Head Teacher who was alleged to have manipulated assessment results over a 6 year period in a two-week hearing before the Teaching Regulation Agency. He has acted in a 7-day hearing before the Health & Care Professions Council disciplinary panel representing a social worker facing allegations of failure to recognise risks of sexual abuse to a child in protection. Navid has also represented a registrant before the General Dental Council facing allegations of fraud. He is currently representing a Further Education Lecturer facing numerous allegations of unacceptable professional conduct and serious professional incompetence, which is due to be heard in a one week hearing before the Education Workforce Council (EWC), the independent regulator in Wales.

PUBLIC LAW, CIVIL LIBERTIES AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Navid accepts instructions in public law, and all areas relating to civil liberties & human rights.

Recently, Navid acted as junior counsel before the High Court in a judicial review claim against the Secretary of State for the Home Department representing a claimant who was falsely imprisoned for 891 days by being subject to a curfew under Sch 3, para 2(5) of the Immigration Act 1971.

Navid has been selected as a member of the Bar Human Rights Committee's Drafting Committee, and has worked on submissions to the UN regarding 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 investigating the treatment of children in military court systems.

CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE AND PERSONAL INJURY
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.

Navid 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.

TALKS
Navid already has significant experience delivering talks, lectures, and training seminars on a wide variety of legal subjects via the Employment Lawyers Association, chambers' conferences, and by invitation from firms of solicitors (including magic circle firms). These subjects include restrictive covenants, equal pay legislation and gender pay reporting obliagtions, as well as complex areas of disability discrimination. He has been described in solicitors' formal feedback as "excellent", "very clear and helpful" and "one to watch!"

BEYOND CLOISTERS
Before coming to Cloisters, 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.

Awards

Professional Awards

2017 - Nominated for national Bar Pro Bono Award (with Tom Coghlin QC)

2017 - Award for invaluable contribution to pro bono work at the Bar - Bar Pro Bono Unit.

2016 - Camden Volunteer Award: In recognition of the pro bono representation provided to clients at the Camden Community Law Centre

Inns of Court Awards

Buchanan Prize for Outstanding results in BPTC (2015)

Walter Wigglesworth Scholarship (2015)

Lord Denning BPTC Scholarship (2014)

Lord Bowen GDL Scholarship (2013)

Hardwicke Entrance Award (2013)

University Awards

Everard Award for Exceptional BPTC Results at City Law School (ranked 5th out of 350 in year) (2015)

Shortlisted for Chambers Prize for Public Law Coursework (2014)

Highest Final Honour School marks in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in Wadham College Oxford (2007)

Eprime Eshag Award for overall performance in Economics at Wadham College (2007)

Appointments and memberships

Memberships

Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA)

Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA)

Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC)

Personal Injuries Bar Association (PIBA)

The Constitutional & Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)

Free Representation Unit (FRU)

Publications and training

Publications

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

Training

ADR Group: Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator

Bar Council: Direct Access Trained

Qualifications

BPTC: City Law School (Outstanding, ranked 5th out of 350 in year)

GDL: City Law School (Merit)

MPhil: Political Theory, Balliol College Oxford (2008-2010)

BA: Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Wadham College Oxford (1st Class) (2004-2007)

Navid speaks fluent Farsi, and has intermediate understanding of French and Arabic

Highlight cases

• 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)