Winner “Barrister of the Year 2015” – Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 2015
Winner “Barrister of the Year 2013” – Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 2013
Winner “Professional of the Year 2013” – GG2 Leadership Awards 2013
Nominated for Liberty’s “Human Rights Lawyer of the Year 2013”
Shortlisted for “Barrister of the Year” in the Birmingham Law Society Awards in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Acts for claimants and respondents. He often handles employment matters that draw on his expertise in the fields of sport and professional conduct, and he offers additional expertise in dealing with cases involving questions of national security. Expertise: “He is very good, thorough and committed.” “I think very highly of him and his capability with discrimination issues.” CHAMBERS UK 2015.
“Tariq Sadiq is “first choice” for solicitors and is “absolutely in a league of his own” clients enthuse about his “clarity of thought, presentation, understatement, calmness, frankness and honesty” with him everything is done “beautifully and with no fuss at all-he makes it look effortless” Chambers UK
“His cross-examination skills are a joy to watch. He deals with the matters calmly and pragmatically and most importantly he understands what the client wants and works to deliver that.” – Chambers & Partners 2014
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Tariq Sadiq is an award-winning Barrister who specialises in Employment Law and its overlap with Commercial, Sport and Professional Discipline disputes.
His success in these fields led to him winning the award for ‘Barrister of the Year 2013’ at the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards, the award for ‘Professional of the Year 2013' at the premier diversity GG2 Leadership Awards, and being nominated for Liberty’s ‘Human Rights Lawyer of the Year 2013’. In 2014, Tariq was again shortlisted for the award for ‘Barrister of the Year 2014’ in the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards, for a record third consecutive year.
Tariq is the elected Midlands Representative for ELA and is a member of the Editorial Board that publishes the ELA newsletter ELA Briefing, as well as being a Co-Editor of ‘Bloomsbury’s Discrimination Law’ (General Editor: Employment Judge Pauline Hughes).
He is recognised as a leading Employment Barrister by both Chambers & Partners UK and The Legal 500, both in London and the regions. Recent comments include:
- Tariq Sadiq is “first choice” for solicitors and is “absolutely in a league of his own” clients enthuse about his “clarity of thought, presentation, understatement, calmness, frankness and honesty” with him everything is done “beautifully and with no fuss at all-he makes it look effortless”Chambers UK
- Has a mixed practice dealing with both commercial and employment law. He regularly acts on large, difficult matters for public bodies and PLCs, including complex and novel discrimination claims. He is particularly noted for his expertise in the sports world. "His cross-examination skills are a joy to watch. He deals with the matters calmly and pragmatically, and most importantly he understands what the client wants and works to deliver that." Chambers UK
- "The "impressive and forceful" Tariq Sadiq is a fantastic litigator who displays meticulous attention to detail. Sources say: "He takes everything in his stride and always gets the right result." Chambers UK
As the UK’s leading Special Advocate for employment cases involving national security Tariq has the highest Developed Vetting (DV) clearance and is instructed in most of the leading cases in this area. He featured on BBC Radio 4's File on Four Programme 'Closed Justice' to discuss his work regarding employment and national security cases.
In the sports field, Tariq is ranked by Chambers and Partners UK in Band 1 as a leading Sports Barrister. He represents leading sportsmen and women as well as leading sports organizations including the Football Association, the Premier League, the British Equestrian Federation, the Lawn Tennis Association and the British Taekwondo Association.
Tariq is Chair of the new FA Anti-Discrimination Panel (created following the high profile cases involving John Terry and Luis Suarez), sits as a Rule K Arbitrator on the FA Arbitration Panel, and is also an Arbitrator on the Sport Resolutions Panel of Legal Arbitrators, hearing high-profile discipline, anti-doping and employment disputes.
In professional discipline, Tariq has experience of cases in the healthcare, sports and financial sectors. This includes applications for injunctive relief to prevent misconduct and/or capability proceedings involving healthcare and financial professionals.
Notable employment cases in the High Court and other courts include:
- Tariq and Gulamhussain v UK Government – special advocate in an appeal to ECtHR in the leading case whether the ET national security rules are compatible with Article 6 of the ECHC (James Eadie QC & Robin Allen QC)
- McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 Team v Dufour – acting for McLaren in High Court proceedings to enforce restrictive covenants against non-competition and misuse of confidential information in relation to a former design engineer with McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 racing team (against Selwyn Bloch QC)
- Purvis & Leese v Stanley International Betting Limited – High Court claim for breach of contract (against Bruce Carr QC)
- Kyocera Unimerco Tooling Ltd v Cresswell – acting for an international manufacturing company supplying tools to the aerospace industry in a High Court claim involving non-competition, non-solicitation and misuse of confidential information
- Whelan v Barclays Bank – acting for the Bank in a high value equal pay claim brought by female Director claiming over £2.5 million (against Daphne Romney QC)
- Saleem v British Airways – acting for BA in a sensitive race and religious discrimination claim brought by an airline pilot suspected of links with terrorists
- Butler v Man Group Limited – acting for a senior hedge funds manager in a high value sex discrimination and victimisation claim (against Tom Linden QC)
- Durix and Gourmet and others v RBS – acting for the investment division of RBS in a high value race discrimination and whistle-blowing claim brought by group of senior French national investment bankers (against Diya Sen Gupta & Jane Mulchay QC)
- Mort and others v HMRC – acting for HMRC in a test case about age discrimination arising from the Government’s pay freeze and its impact on pay bands and pay progression amongst employees under 32 (led by John Cavanagh QC)
- Khan and others v Capita Group Plc – acting for Capita in a series of test cases regarding whether court interpreters are employees and/or workers
- Suzanne Virdi v The BBC – acting for the BBC in a high profile harassment and age discrimination claim brought by the presenter of the popular news programme ‘Midlands Today’
- Maistry v The BBC – acting for the BBC in novel case whether a belief in BBC values namely “the higher purpose of public service broadcasting” amounts to a philosophical belief and whether a senior broadcast journalist was discriminated against because of his philosophical belief and/or age.
- Rollinson and Power v BBC – acting for the BBC in a test case about the employment status of volunteers
- Smart v National Rail – acting for National Rail in a high profile trade union victimisation case involving high-ranking trade union official
- Advice to Welsh Ministers - regarding proposed measures to recruit and retain healthcare students and workers in Wales and the impact of EU Law, in particular the right of freedom of movement
- Advice to Welsh Ministers - regarding the TUPE implications of the Public Audit (Wales) Bill and the transfer of staff from a previous organisation to the new Wales Audit Office
- Shimmons and others v Pricewaterhouse Coopers – acting for PWC in a breach of contract claim brought by group of actuaries arising from the failure to pay discretionary bonuses following a TUPE transfer.
Notable sports cases in include:
- ICC v Mohammed Ashraful – acting for the ex-Bangladeshi cricket captain at his disciplinary proceedings in Doha for match-fixing
- The British Equestrian Federation v Hoekstra – acting as the Complaints Adjudicator in relation to complaints that the Performance Manager and Chef d’Equipe for British Showjumping received commission payments for the sale of Team GB horses
- Dilkes and Others v Professional Games Match Officials Ltd – acting for PGMOL in an age discrimination claim brought by a group of Premiership Football referees
- Statham v The FA – acting for the FA in a pregnancy and sex discrimination claim brought by the PA of the Chair of the FA
- Dennis v The Lawn Tennis Association – acting for the LTA in an unfair dismissal claim brought by a Wimbledon referee accused of ticket touting at Wimbledon.
Notable professional discipline cases include:
- Operation Levi - advising a leading Bank in dealing with sensitive whistle-blowing allegations against the Chair of the Bank and other senior managers arising out of the LIBOR miss-selling scandal
- Reynolds v Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust – High Court proceedings to prevent conduct proceedings in relation to a Consultant who gave evidence at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry.
Articles and Publications:
Tariq Sadiq is the elected Midlands ELA Representative and is a member of the Editorial Board that publishes the ELA newsletter, ELA Briefing.
He is Co-Editor of "Bloomsbury’s Discrimination Law 2012" (General Editor, Employment Judge Pauline Hughes). Tariq regularly contributes articles on developments in employer law which have been published in the ELA Briefing, the New Law Journal, and the Lawyer Magazine.
- ELA Midlands Representative
- ADL (Association of Disciplinary Lawyers)
- 2014: Chair, FA Anti-Discrimination Panel
- 2014: Rule K Arbitrator, FA Arbitration Panel
- 2014: ELA Midlands Representative and Member of Management Committee
- 2012: Welsh Government A Panel of Counsel
- 2012: Member of ELA Briefing Editorial Board
- 2012: Arbitrator, Sport Resolutions Panel
- 2011: Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Panel Preferred Counsel
- 2009: Attorney General’s Panel of Special Advocates
- 2000: Junior Counsel to the Crown, Provincial Panel (Reappointed 2003, 2007 & 2010)