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Safwan Afridi

trainee solicitor
Solicitor

7th Floor, 85 Fleet Street
London EC4Y 1AE

Tel: 020 7227 6711
Email: safwan.afridi@rlb-law.com
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Safwan is a solicitor in our employment team. Safwan qualified as a solicitor in 2018, having joined the firm as a trainee in 2016 and completed seats in our healthcare, commercial litigation, commercial property and tax and private client teams. Before joining the firm, Safwan obtained extensive High Court litigation experience at another City law firm.

Areas of Expertise

Safwan specialises in all areas of contentious and non-contentious employment law. He regularly litigates in the employment tribunal and civil courts in relation to a range of employment matters, including but not limited to ordinary and automatic unfair dismissals, constructive dismissals, wrongful dismissals, redundancies, discrimination, harassment, victimisation, whistleblowing and breach of contract. He is also experienced in drafting and negotiating employment contracts, disciplinary and grievance procedures and whistleblowing and equal opportunities policies.

Safwan also has experience in advising on the preparation of handbooks, enforcement of restrictive covenants, confidentiality obligations and the application of TUPE. In addition, Safwan advises clients on redundancy consultations, settlement agreements and data protection enquires.

He has advised individuals on IR35 claims and advises employers on all aspects of SMCR.

Safwan has developed his non-contentious practice further by leading and conducting complex, multi-issue independent investigations on behalf of NHS Trusts. The investigations that he conducts often include a range of issues, including: bullying; harassment; allegations of race and sex discrimination; and victimisation. The investigations have often involved a number of individuals and considerable terms of reference.

Safwan’s client base is broad and includes NHS Trusts, healthcare professionals and individuals and large global organisations from a range of other sectors.

Experience

Healthcare

  • Acting for medical defence organisations and their members in criminal, employment, disciplinary and regulatory proceedings
  • Court of Appeal hearings
  • General Medical Council (GMC) and General Dental Council (GDC) proceedings
  • Assisting with advising on the various stages of fitness to practise proceedings
  • Pre-inquest review hearings and inquests

Commercial Litigation

  • Acting for both claimants and defendants in a wide range of High Court litigation matters
  • Advising clients on limitation issues, professional negligence claims, standstill agreements, disclosure obligations and settlement negotiations
  • Drafting pre-action protocol letters, court applications, witness statements and memoranda of advice

Commercial Property

  • Drafting commercial leases, multi-issue licences and surrender and re-grants for domestic and international clients
  • Researching matters related to clients’ specific transactions, such as SDLT and planning issues

Tax and Private Client

  • Advising individuals on domestic and international tax and estate planning
  • Drafting wills and assisting with administering high-value estates

Membership

Employment Lawyers Association
London Young Lawyers Group
Junior Lawyers Division