Bianca accepts instructions in commercial litigation, private client & trusts, pensions, employment & discrimination, financial services, insolvency, and international related matters.
Bianca is ranked in Band 4 by the Legal 500 for her employment work.
Her advocacy experience includes High Court, County Court, Employment Appeal Tribunal hearings and multiday Employment Tribunal work.
She is a former solicitor, having qualified at Magic Circle firm Slaughter and May in 2012. Prior to starting pupillage, Bianca was a judicial assistant to the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas at the Court of Appeal from April to July 2014. She was a research assistant at the Law Commission in the Common Law and Commercial Team in 2013-2014. She undertook a stage at the European Court of Human Rights in 2012.
Bianca speaks German and French.
Bianca is licensed to undertake public access work.
Bianca has appeared as Counsel in the High Court and County Court for businesses, not-for-profit organisations, financial institutions and individuals. She has advised and drafted pleadings in relation to injunctions, arbitration, breach of trust, undue influence and fraud claims.
R v CRC
High Court, Queen’s Bench Division, representing the claimant in resisting an injunction for allegedly breaching a restraint of trade provision in the IT sector.
High Court Chancery division, successfully representing a Defendant to strike out claims of professional negligence and fraud. This case was discussed in the Law Gazette.
Commissioner for Data Protection v Dubai Financial Services Authority
Instructed as junior counsel for the Commissioner of Data Protection before the Dubai International Financial Centre Court of First Instance in a summary judgment application, appeal and judicial review
PH v English Bridge Union
High Court Queen’s Bench Division, advising and drafting defence in resisting the claimant’s application to appeal an arbitration award to the High Court
C v H
High Court Chancery Division, successfully representing the Claimants in striking out the First and Fourth Defendants’ amended defence.
K v K
High Court, successfully representing the Respondent in resisting the Applicant’s application to extend time to apply for permission to appeal out of time
Bianca represents clients in the High Court and County Court in a variety of contentious and non-contentious trust cases.
B v Others
High Court ,Chancery Division, representing the principal beneficiary of a large family trust in bringing claims for the disclosure of information under CPR 64.2 against the trustees.
High Court, Chancery Division, representing the executors in a complex contentious probate dispute. Successfully obtaining an order to service out of jurisdiction and for Beddoe Relief.
County Court, acting for a brother and sister in making a statutory trust claim in relation to their late father’s Estate.
Advising on a contentious probate dispute involving a Syrian will.
Considering the value of the claim of a son who had not been named in his father’s will under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
Garvey v Chamberlain and Others
County Court, successfully obtaining an unless order against a Defendant in relation to the service of a Defence and Counterclaim and an order to move the Claim forward to a summary judgment application.
Bianca advises public regulators and private clients in relation to financial services matters.
Bianca previously undertook a secondment to the FCA where she advised on the Freedom of Information Act 2004, investment, pension, and FCA handbook matters.
She has advised start-up cryptocurrency currencies in relation to their registration with the FCA. Recent cases include:
X v FCA, County Court
Bianca has appeared in a number of bankruptcy and insolvency matters at the High Court and the County Court, including bankruptcy petitions, applications for a charging order and applications to wind-up insolvent companies. Recent cases include:
B v B, High Court, Family Court
• Successfully obtaining an order to replace a receiver with another receiver in return for a security of shares over a valuable property being granted.
Bianca updated the salary sacrifice chapter in Tolley’s Pensions Law Service and is a contributor to Atkins Pensions Court Forms.
Bianca represents clients in public and private sector pension disputes in relation to misrepresentation, repayment of benefits.
Transfer of pensions and negligence actions. She has advised in relation to the Firefighters Pension Schemes, the NHS Pension Schemes and the Local Government Pension Schemes.
Beattie & ors v 20-20 Trustees 2022
Bianca, acting as junior counsel led by Andrew Short QC, represented 17 members of a pension fund in an appeal regarding whether post Brexit the members had the right to rely on the EU general principle of non-age discrimination.
Bianca assisted The Pensions Regulator in a relation to a high-profile pension fraud (Friendly Pensions Limited) which resulted in the High Court ordering the fraudsters to repay £13.7 million to their victims.
She delivered a presentation to the pension lawyers of the Royal College of Nursing regarding negligent misstatement and pensionable status during career breaks.
Bianca appears as Counsel in the High Court, Employment Appeal Tribunal and Employment Tribunal for both claimants and respondents in a variety of cases including injuctions, interim relief and in relation to claims of harassment, victimisation, disability discrimination, race discrimination, sexual orientation, pregnancy, maternity, age and sex discrimination claims. She also acts in unlawful deduction of wages, breach of contract claims, TUPE, whistleblowing, unfair dismissal and redundancy claims. She drafts pleadings and has advised on a variety of employment claims including litigation strategy, instructing experts and settlement offers.
B v BA (appeal outstanding)
Representing the Respondent in resisting an appeal regarding the adequacy of reasons at the Employment Appeal Tribunal
R v The Orders
Successfully acting for a claimant in obtaining an order for interim relief to continue her employment and receipt of her salary until the hearing of her claim.
Successfully representing the Respondent in a 8 day hearing resisting claims of disability discrimination, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal.
Successfully representing the Respondent at the EAT in resisting an appeal regarding fairness
H v Abbeyfield Appeal No. EA-2020-001089-JOJ
Successfully representing the Claimant in the EAT in an appeal regarding litigating privilege.
H v One Call Ltd
Successfully representing the Claimant in establishing disability for the purposes of the EqA.
JJ v British Airways
Successfully representing the Respondent in a 5 day hearing involving claims of disability discrimination and harassment from a first class cabin crew
Khawaja v TFL
Successfully representing the claimant in a three day race discrimination and whistleblowing claim. The case has received much commentary in relation to an employer’s duty towards employees who speak English as an additional language.
Nyathi v Secretary of State for Justice [UKEAT/0229/17]
Representing an appellant in the EAT in relation to the duty to make reasonable adjustments.
Bianca Venkata is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.
"Bianca really goes the extra mile and works very hard to get the best result. She is an excellent team player, is strong on overall case strategy, and a robust advocate whose cross-examination is well prepared and challenging."
Employment, legal 500 2023
"Responds to all questions in a very timely manner, even when she is attending other hearings. Bianca explains issues in lay terms and manages expectations very well by providing a realistic analysis of what orders and directions the tribunal is likely to make, and always draws on her significant experience of tribunal litigation to provide helpful insights."
Employment, Legal 500 2022
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