Bianca accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice including pensions, commercial litigation, probate, employment & discrimination, financial services, and international related matters.

Bianca is noted by Legal 500 as a Rising Star for her employment work.

Her advocacy experience includes High Court and Employment Appeal Tribunal hearings, County Court 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 advanced German, and French.

Bianca is licensed to undertake public access work.

Expertise

Bianca appears as Counsel in the Employment Tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal for both claimants and respondents in a variety of cases in relation to 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.

  • instructed as junior counsel in the High Court in a claim resisting an injunction and summary judgment. She assisted as junior counsel in McCloud & others v The Lord Chancellor & others (the judicial pensions’ litigation), one of The Lawyer’s top 20 cases of 2016.
  • instructed regularly in the Employment Appeal Tribunal in appeals relating to the tribunal’s failure to make reasonable adjustments for a claimant suffering from mental health difficulties, privilege and fairness.
  • delivered a talk on the topic of “Dismissal or Resignation” as part of the 28 barristers in 14 days webinar series.
  • has written in the Solicitors Journal about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on employment law.
  • contributed to the Employer Liability chapter in Tolley’s Looseleaf Employment Law.

Notable Employment & Discrimination cases


G v BA

Successfully representing the Respondent in a 8 day hearing resisting claims of disability discrimination, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal.

M v Spoor-tech

Successfully representing the Claimant in establishing worker and employee status

A and A v Harris

Successfully representing the Claimants in establishing worker status in claims for holiday pay.

T v House of Commons

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.

G v Economic Skipps

Successfully representing the Respondent in a 3 day hearing involving a dispute regarding whether the claimant had resigned or been unfairly dismissed, and resisting the reinstatement of the claimant’s race discrimination claims

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

BW v British Airways

Successfully representing the Respondent in a 4 day hearing involving claims of race discrimination, whistleblowing and harassment

K Williams v All Health Matters

Successfully representing the Respondent in a 3 day whistleblowing claim

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

C v All Inn Ltd

Successfully representing a claimant in a two day pregnancy discrimination case at South London Employment Tribunal

C v Goslings Farm

A three day pregnancy and maternity discrimination and victimisation claim at Huntingdon Employment Tribunal

W v T

A sexual orientation discrimination, harassment and victimisation claim at East London Employment Tribunal

F v Haringey Council

A three day race discrimination, harassment and victimisation claim at Watford Employment Tribunal

Bianca has advised and appeared in hearings in probate proceedings.

Bianca delivered a talk “A review of the Supreme Court’s recent case law on the interpretation of contracts, wills and pension deeds” at a recent private client event attended by numerous solicitors.

Notable Probate cases


Re M

Representing the executors in a complex contentious probate dispute. Advising in relation to service out of jurisdiction, revoking grants of administration and applying for probate.

Re AJ

Advising on a contentious probate dispute involving a Syrian will

Re Hale

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

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, in a contentious probate claim at the Central London Civil Justice Centre.

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 arbitration, breach of trust, undue influence and fraud claims.

  • Bianca is very interested in international work. She was instructed as junior counsel by the Dubai Commissioner for Data Protection in the DIFC Courts.
  • Bianca is currently representing four Claimants in a High Court Chancery dispute regarding claims of breach of fiduciary duty against a former business partner.
  • Bianca successfully contested the jurisdiction of the Courts of England and Wales in an insurance dispute and achieved full costs.
  • She has advised in relation to a personal injury claim in India, and attended case and costs management conferences in relation to international travel cases.
  • Recent matters have also included representing a claimant against 15 defendants in a contract dispute, representing British Airways in a number of flight delay claims, a trial in a builder contractor dispute, applications to strike out and for summary judgment, to set aside default judgment, obtaining enforcement of charging orders, resisting claims to set aside an order for sale and for payment, restoring an insolvent company to the register, and serving out of jurisdiction. She regularly appears in case and cost management conferences.
  • She has advised on liability and quantum regarding copyright and contractual disputes. She has advised and drafted a defence in relation to a breach of contract claim in the construction sector.

Notable Commercial & Chancery cases


Griffin v Ray Nixon & Ors

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

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

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

SB v Black Horse

Representing the claimant in PPI misselling claims

Terracorp and others

Representing the claimant in a number of contract claims

Re L

Advising on whether the removal of certain holiday properties from a timeshare constitutes a repudiatory breach of contract

A v A

Successfully resisting an application to set aside a charging order in the Chancery Division, High Court

F v Standard Life

Successfully obtaining summary judgment at Portsmouth County Court

A v Standard Life

Successfully striking-out a claim at Brentford County Court

Orlovas v TC&D

Achieving a positive result in trial involving a builder contractor dispute at Edmonton County Court

Bianca acted in a number of misselling and unfair relationship claims arising out of payment protection insurance (“PPI”) and claims of selling unsuitable interest only mortgages in breach of duty contrary to MCOBS.

She advised a start-up lending company in relation to the consumer due diligence and verification that it needed to perform to comply with its obligations under the FCA handbook.

Bianca undertook a secondment to the FCA where she advised on investment, pension, freedom of information and FCA handbook matters.

Bianca was seconded to the US international law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher where she gained experience in a number of high-profile FCA, Serious Fraud Office and US regulator investigations into corruption and bribery.

She has been instructed in relation to the Forex market investigations being conducted by UK and US regulators.

Bianca published an article in the New Law Journal in January 2016 “New senior manager rules: three key requirements & removal of the reverse burden of proof”.

Bianca carried out research regarding the chapters on money laundering and suspicious activity reports in the 6th edition of Millington and Sutherland Williams on The Proceeds of Crime (Oxford University Press) 2013.

 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.

She successfully appeared on behalf of the Claimant in High Court proceedings regarding the transfer of shares from an administrative receiver to another receiver.

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 pension disputes and advises in relation to a number of pension matters including court proceedings, pension ombudsman claims and in relation to Fair Deal and Best Value.

 

Notable Pensions cases


Beattie & ors v 20-20 Trustees 2022

Bianca, acting as junior counsel led by Andrew Short QC, successfully represented 17 Claimants in setting aside Article 3(b) of the Equality Act (Age Exceptions for Pension Schemes) Order 2010 as being incompatible with the EU general law 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.

Rolls Royce Pension Fund

Advising a pensioner in relation to a maladministration claim.

WH

Advising the RCN in relation to a nurse’s special class status under the NHS Pension Regulations.

Re MFP

Advising a local authority regarding the pension consequences of it contracting its catering services.

Advising a GP surgery in relation to a substantial contribution claim under Section D3 of the NHS Pension Scheme Regulations 1995

JK v E

Advising a wealthy businessman in relation to his potential claims of breach of contract and misrepresentation against his employer for placing him in the wrong pension fund

C v NHS Business Authority

Advising a retired nurse in relation to the NHS Pension Scheme Regulations 1995

G v Ministry of Defence

Advising as to whether a retired Gurkha had a legitimate expectation to be paid the same pension as a UK army officer, and on the fairness of the transfer from the Gurkha Pension to the government gratuity scheme and to the Armed Forces Pension Scheme 1975

Advising the Department of Work and Pensions on the implications of Brexit on social security legislation.

Re T Fund

Advising in relation to the interpretation of the Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2015

B v NHS

Advising in relation to the change of position and limitation defences in a pension overpayment claim

Bianca was instructed as junior counsel for the Dubai Commissioner of Data Protection in judicial review proceedings against the Dubai Financial Services Authority.

During pupillage Bianca gained experience in public law under the supervision of John McKendrick KC.

Bianca has advised and drafted pleadings for the Government Legal Department in relation to a variety of immigration judicial review matters including deportations, asylum claims, fresh submissions and human rights claims.

Bianca is a volunteer for Bail for Immigration Detainees.

Bianca conducted research for Sir Stephen Sedley in relation to his book, Lions Under the Throne (Cambridge University Press) 2015.

Notable Public Law cases


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

(N) India v Secretary Of State for the Home Department

Representing a claimant at the First-Tier Immigration Tribunal

D(Zimbabwe) v Secretary Of State for the Home Department

Representing a claimant at the First-Tier Immigration Tribunal and successfully obtaining bail

Bianca has appeared as an advocate in the Crown Court and the Magistrates Court on behalf of Defendants regarding a variety of charges including corporate manslaughter, public order offences and driving offences.

She has conducted research regarding the Money Laundering and Disclosure of Suspicious Transactions Chapters in ‘The Proceeds of Crime.’

Related updates

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.

"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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  • German (advanced)
  • French (advanced)

  • International Court of Justice Grant, Lincoln College, 2013
  • Drucker Prize, Lincoln College, 2012
  • BCL from Lincoln College, University of Oxford
  • First-class law degree from the University of Manchester

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