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Bianca Venkata

Bianca Venkata

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Bianca accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice including commercial litigation, probate, employment & discrimination, financial services, personal injury, inquests and international related matters. She has a particular interest in international arbitration.

Advocacy experience includes High Court and County Court hearings, multiday Employment Tribunal work, inquests at the Coroner’s Court and hearings at the Crown Court.

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 fluent German, advanced French and elementary Brazilian Portuguese.

Bianca is licensed to undertake public access work.

Employment & Discrimination

Bianca appears as Counsel in a variety of employment and discrimination cases in relation to unlawful deduction of wages and breach of contract claims, TUPE, whistleblowing, unfair dismissal, redundancy, victimisation, harassment, disability discrimination, race discrimination, sexual orientation, pregnancy, maternity and sex discrimination claims. She drafts pleadings for employment tribunal and employment appeal tribunal cases, and has advised on a variety of employment claims including litigation strategy and settlement offers. Bianca receives instructions from Claimants and Respondents.

Bianca was 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.

Bianca was instructed as sole counsel in the Employment Appeal Tribunal in relation to the tribunal’s failure to make reasonable adjustments for a claimant suffering from mental health difficulties.

Bianca delivered a talk on the topic of “Dismissal or Resignation” as part of the 28 barristers in 14 days webinar series.

Bianca has written in the Solicitors Journal about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on employment law.

Bianca contributed to the Employer Liability chapter in Tolley’s Looseleaf Employment Law.

Bianca delivered a talk on the topic of “Dismissal or Resignation” as part of the 28 barristers in 14 days webinar series.

Recent cases include:

  • 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
  • T v House of Commons, successfully representing the Respondent in a 2 day unfair dismissal case
  • 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

Probate

Bianca has advised and appeared in hearings in probate proceedings.

Recent cases include:

  • 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 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.

Commercial & Chancery

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 is 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.

She is a volunteer at the Chancery Bar Litigation In Person Advisory Scheme (CLIPS), at the High Court, Rolls Building.

Recent cases include:

  • 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

Financial Services

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 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.

Insolvency & Restructuring

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.

Pensions & Trusts

Pensions & Trusts

Bianca advises in relation to a number of pension matters including court proceedings and pension ombudsman claims.

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.

Recent matters include:

  • 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 is currently updating the salary sacrifice chapter in Tolley’s Pensions Law Service and is   a contributor to Atkins Pensions Court Forms.

 

Public Law

Bianca is 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 QC.

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.

Recent cases include:

  • 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

Business Crime

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.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Associate member of the Association of Pension Lawyers (APL)
  • Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Contentious Trusts Association
  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Financial Services Law Association
  • London Very Young Arbitration Practitioners

 

Awards

  • 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

Languages

  • German (fluent)
  • French (advanced)
  • Brazilian Portuguese (elementary)

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.

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