Chambers 2018 - leading individual Sejal is a Partner and Head of Employment and Immigration, advising employers and employees on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law.

Sejal Raja enjoys a healthy reputation among her clients, being described as ‘really fantastic’ and ‘an excellent employment lawyer.’ Chambers and Partners 2018

Sejal Raja is an experienced litigator, assisting clients with complex tribunal cases related to all forms of discrimination. Clients say she is ‘clear and articulate in her advice, exceptionally dedicated and responsive to our needs, and has given pragmatic assistance at all times.’ Chambers and Partners 2017

Sejal Raja is the head of RadcliffesLeBrasseur’s employment department. One source describes her as ‘fantastic – great with clients, and she knows the subject inside out.’ She often works on employment disputes on behalf of high net worth individuals. Chambers and Partners 2016

Sejal Raja, who is ‘commercially-minded, open and honest’, leads the ‘excellent’ team. The practice acted for Luton & Dunstable NHS Foundation Trust in successfully defending a claim for race discrimination, brought by an unsuccessful applicant for a consultancy position. Legal 500 2014

Sejal Raja enjoys a growing market reputation, with sources remarking favourably upon her ‘client-focused’ approach. She assists a number of NHS trusts in dealing with employment disputes. Chambers and Partners 2014

Sejal Raja frequently handles discrimination claims for a range of clients. Recent highlights include representing Community Service Volunteers in a TUPE-driven claim for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination. Chambers and Partners 2013

[Sejal is] an expert in handling discrimination claims. She impresses clients with her spot-on advice and creative thinking in dealing with complex matters. Chambers and Partners 2012

Areas of Expertise

Sejal advises on all aspects of employment law, including drafting and negotiating employment contracts, disciplinary and grievance procedures, dismissal and redundancy, whistleblowing claims, discrimination claims and equal pay disputes.

She has extensive experience in conducting litigation in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and the High Court, in particular in the area of discrimination having been involved in the high profile pregnancy litigation for the Ministry of Defence – 1995.

Sejal also has significant experience in non-contentious matters including advising on the preparation of contracts, handbooks, enforcement of restrictive convenants and confidentiality obligations, disciplinary and grievance procedures, dismissal and redundancy, and advising in relation to the application of TUPE.

In addition, Sejal has experience in dealing with data protection issues for employers under the GDPR and can assist organisations with ensuring that they are compliant with the GDPR.

Sejal also works closely with our Tax and Private Client team, providing employment advice to high net worth clients in relation to employment issues, including but not limited to negotiating severance packages.

Sejal has developed expertise in advising clients on employee status and the implications of IR35. She has litigated claims against HMRC in the Tax Tribunal.

Experience

Seminars and publications

Sejal runs workshops and training for HR managers and senior managers on redundancy programmes, performance management, recruitment, managing ill-health absence, stress at work claims, disciplinary and grievance issues and equal opportunities.

Sejal speaks at a number of external conferences, and has been invited to present seminars at the Employment Lawyers Association’s annual conference on constructive unfair dismissal, the Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA) conferences, the Health and Wellbeing Conference, Lexis Nexis and CLT.

Sejal has written a number of articles for publications including Charity Times, the ELA briefing and Workplace Law Net, Health Service Journal, Care Times in addition to producing the department’s briefings and email alerts for clients.

Notable cases include:

  • Cannock v Ministry of Defence
  • Meredith v Ministry of Defence
  • Moyhing v Barts and London NHS Trust and Others
  • Kalubowila v Heatherwood & Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Mr XX v UKBA
  • Bannon v Community Service Volunteers and another
  • Rackham v NHS Professionals Ltd UK EAT/0110/15

Client Sectors

Sejal acts for clients in a number of different sectors, including health, charities, care homes, GP practices, hotel and leisure, manufacturing, property, financial services and technologies.

Membership

Employers Law Association
The Law Society