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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

Appointments & Memberships

  • 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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