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Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP


Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP - London
  • 23 Austin Friars
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC2N 2QP
  • Managing Partner Gareth Brahams
  • Number of partners  4
  • Assistant solicitors  3
  • Other fee-earners 1

THE FIRM Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP (BDBF) is a leading specialist employment law firm. The firm is comprised of people ranked top in its field (including two of the Lawyer Magazine’s Hot 100 lawyers). The firm’s lawyers are all drawn from top employment departments and have fought and won some of the highest profile employment disputes of recent years against a range of “magic circle” opponents.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK Helping senior employees to exit employers with appropriate compensation; and giving employers and employees advice on how to avoid and handle employment disputes.

CLIENTS Most of the firm’s individual clients are either employed at a senior level within financial services or are senior lawyers, partners or members of LLPs, doctors, management consultants or managers (sometimes board level) in industry. The firm does not act for bulge bracket investment banks or the major retail banks in order to ensure it remains conflict free and can act against them. The firm helps small and medium sized employers to avoid litigation by finding pragmatic and practical solutions to the toughest staff challenges they face so they can focus on building their businesses rather than employment disputes. However, when defending litigation is the best way forward, the firm is rigorous in support of its clients. The firm’s employers clients come from a diverse range of sectors including financial services, insurance, accountants, utilities companies, property investment houses, call centres, law firms, brokers and corporate financiers. The firm also advises LLPs and general partnerships.

Almost all clients come through personal recommendation.


Employment - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Specialist employment firm known for its high-level work advising senior executives on contract negotiations, employment tribunal claims and restrictive covenants. Also works with employers on a wide range of issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are great from top to bottom. They are efficient and nothing is too much trouble. They are a real pleasure to work with."

"They send a chill down opponents' spines because they know their stuff - and opponents know they will get a tough fight."

Work highlights Advised Bruno Angelici in relation to his appointment to the Board of Vectura as an independent non-executive director.

Notable practitioners  

Gareth Brahams regularly represents senior employees in the financial services sector. Sources say: "If you're a claimant running a difficult case, you want someone like Gareth in your corner because he fights his client's case as hard as he possibly can."

Arpita Dutt receives high praise, with an impressed source calling her "one of the best negotiators around because she routinely gets settlements that are worth more than the cases." Another says: "Clients get a fine service from her because she gets behind them and really cares about their litigation experience."

Ruth Badrick is praised for being "focused and well organised," as well as for being "knowledgeable and great at holding a client's hand." She routinely acts for employees and employers on a range of employment law matters.

Alistair French works across the full spectrum of employment law for senior executives and employers. He is noted by impressed clients for providing "thorough but pragmatic advice."

Significant clients Blick Rothenberg, Greenhill & Co International, First Utility, Pro Sight.