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Tariq Sadiq

Called 1993

Tariq is an Award-winning Barrister practicing in Employment, Public Law and Sports cases. He has twice been named ‘Barrister of the Year’ in the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards and sits as Deputy Chair of the Central Arbitration Committee.

Tariq appears in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal, Coroner's Court, Administrative Court, High Court and the Court of Appeal. His clients range from Governmental departments, FTSE 100 companies and Premiership football managers to individuals suspected of links with terrorists.

He is a member of the Attorney General’s Regional A Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown, the Attorney General’s Panel of Special Advocates, the Welsh Government A Panel and the Equality and Human Rights Commission A Panel of Counsel.

For Sports, Tariq is a member of the League Managers Association Legal Panel providing advice and representation to managers from the Premier League, the Sky Bet Championship and Sky Bet Leagues, Chair of the Football Association Anti-Discrimination Panel and a Sports Arbitrator for the Football Association and Sport Resolutions UK.

"First choice for solicitors and is absolutely in a league of his own.”

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Areas of Expertise
Employment
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Tariq is an Award-winning Barrister specialising in Employment Law and has a niche practice in national security cases involving closed material proceedings. He has twice been named ‘Barrister of the Year’ in the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards and sits as Deputy Chair of the Central Arbitration Committee which determines applications for recognition of trade unions in the workplace. 

Tariq appears in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal, High Court and the Court of Appeal and has experience of European derived employment rights. His clients range from Governmental departments, FTSE 100 companies and Premiership football managers to individuals suspected of links with terrorists. 

He is a member of the Attorney General’s Regional A Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown, the Attorney General’s Panel of Special Advocates, the Welsh Government A Panel and the Equality and Human Rights Commission A Panel of Counsel.

For Sports, Tariq is a member of the League Managers Association Legal Panel providing advice and representation to managers from the Premier League, the Sky Bet Championship and Sky Bet Leagues, Chair of the Football Association Anti-Discrimination Panel and a Sports Arbitrator for the Football Association and Sport Resolutions UK.

Notable cases:

Gray v Mulberry Company (Design) Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 1720 - successfully acting for Mulberry in the first philosophical belief discrimination case considered by the Court of Appeal involving a novel belief in the statutory human or moral right to own the copyright or rights of one's own creative works and output. The appeal was televised live on the Court of Appeal's Youtube channel.

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.

Maistry v The BBC – acting for the BBC in a ground-breaking philosophical belief discrimination case involving a belief in BBC values namely “the higher purpose of public service broadcasting” which was widely reported in the national press.

Capita UK v Siauciunas UKEAT/0181/16 – successfully representing Capita in an important test case arising from the 'Gig Economy' regarding the employment status of over 6000 court interpreters. The EAT held that the ET had erred in law in finding that court interpreters were workers, not independent contractors.

Rahman v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and another UKEAT/0076/09 - Special Advocate for the appellant in the leading case whether closed material proceedings in employment cases where the claimant and his legal advisers are excluded for national security reasons is compliant with Article 6 of the ECHR (right to fair trial).

Durix and Gourmet and others v RBS – acting for the corporate investment division of RBS in high value race discrimination and whistle-blowing claims brought by a group of French national investment bankers.

Green King v HMRC - representing HMRC in appeals against notices of underpayment of the national minimum wage of approximately £300,000 involving 1500 pub managers which dealt for the first time with the statutory interpretation of the term 'living accommodation' which is not defined under national minimum wage legislation.

 

 

Sports Law
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Tariq advises and acts in high profile sporting disputes relating to football, cricket, rugby, athletics, boxing, tennis, showjumping and Formula 1.

His clients include the Football Association, the England Cricket Board, the McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 racing team, the British Equestrian Federation, the Lawn Tennis Association, the British Taekwondo Association, Sport England and sporting individuals and player’s agents.

Tariq is a member of the League Managers Association Legal Panel providing advice and representation to managers from the Premier League, the Sky Bet Championship and Sky Bet Leagues, sits as a Chair of the Football Association Anti-Discrimination Panel and is a Sports Arbitrator for the Football Association and Sport Resolutions UK.

Notable cases:

FA v Balotelli – advising the FA regarding disciplinary charges for an aggravated breach of FA Rule E3(2) against the Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli arising from his racist and anti-Semitic comments on Twitter.

ICC v Mohammed Ashraful – acting for the ex-Bangladeshi cricket captain at his disciplinary proceedings for match-fixing at the International Cricket Council in Doha, Qatar.

FIFA v Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Committee and X – representing a Saudi Arabian international footballer defending an appeal brought by FIFA to the Court of Arbitration in Lausanne against a doping penalty for taking Amphetamine.

Saracens Rugby Club v Premiership Rugby Limited – member of Arbitration Panel (Chair Charles Hollender QC, Brick Court Chambers) regarding a challenge by Saracens Rugby Club to a decision that it was paying over the salary cap for its playing squad.

The British Equestrian Federation v X – undertaking a complex disciplinary investigation into the Chef d’Equipe for Team GB (World Class Showjumping Performance Manager) accused of selling Team GB horses for commission.

 

Inquests & Fatal Accidents
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Tariq is an Award-winning Barrister practising in coronial inquests. He has twice been named ‘Barrister of the Year’ in the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards and has been nominated for Liberty's 'Human Rights Barrister of the Year'.

He is a member of the Attorney General’s Regional A Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown, the Attorney General’s Panel of Special Advocates, the Welsh Government A Panel and the Equality and Human Rights Commission A Panel of Counsel.

Tariq is highly experienced in conducting sensitive inquests for and against a range of Government departments including the Prison Service, the MOD, the Department of Work and Pensions and Hospital Trusts.

Notable cases:

Errol Graham Deceased - Representing DWP in a 2 week inquest into the death of a person who died from starvation following the withdrawal of his benefits. The case was raised in the House of Commons in January 2020 by Debbie Abrahams who called for an independant inuiry into similar cases.

O’Hanlon Deceased – Representing the MOD in a 4 week inquest regarding the death of a British soldier in Afghanistan as a result of “friendly fire” from US Forces, which involved highly sensitive disclosure issues and a Public Interest Disclosure application.

Green Deceased – Representing the Prison Service in a 5 week inquest into the death of an inmate who died in his cell from severe dehydration and malnutrition, which involved serious allegations of systemic neglect by medical and prison staff.

 

Public & Admin Law
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Tariq is an Award-winning Barrister practising in Public Law cases. He has twice been named ‘Barrister of the Year’ in the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards and has been nominated for Liberty’s prestigious ‘Human Rights Lawyer of the Year’.

He is a member of the Attorney General’s Regional A Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown, the Attorney General’s Panel of Special Advocates, the Welsh Government A Panel and the Equality and Human Rights Commission A Panel of Counsel.

In Public Law cases Tariq appears in the Coroner's Court, Administrative Court, Upper Tribunal, High Court and the Court of Appeal. He acts for a range of Government departments and individuals in most aspects of public law and human rights with a focus on equality and discrimination, terrorism, inquests, prisoner’s rights and immigration and asylum. 

Notable cases:

Suffolk County Council v Deferia - Special Advocate for the father of a six year old boy in contested High Court public law proceedings about a father who was the victim of an attempt contract killing which heard in secret to reduce the risk to father and child and the disclosure of sensitive police operational techniques. 

ZAT and others v SSHD – acting for the Secretary of State in a ground-breaking claim involving Syrian child refugees in the ‘Jungle Camp’ in Calais seeking asylum in the UK without having claimed asylum in France. The case has potentially far reaching and serious consequences for the ability of the UK to control its borders, and for the integrity of the Dublin III Convention.

Hewitt v MOJ – representing the MOJ in a high profile human rights claims brought by a male to female transgender prisoner who was placed in a male prison and denied access to private hormone treatment outside prison.

Kiani v The Home Office – whether as a matter of EU law under Article 47 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, there is a requirement to provide minimum disclosure of the closed case against a claimant suspected of involvement in terrorist-related activity, applying ZZ v SSHD (CJEU). A preliminary reference to the CJEU is being sought.

 

Recommendations
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Employment

"Highly respected at the Bar." Chambers and Partners 2021

An effective advocate.’ - Legal 500 2021

"He's very hard-working with a good attention to detail. He's an effective practitioner." Chambers and Partners 2020

Operates a wide employment law practice, and his extensive experience of handling matters involving restrictive covenants, whistle-blowing claims and complex discrimination allegations. He has also established a niche expertise in national security employment disputes. Regularly acts for blue chip clients and large public and governmental bodies. “His strength is his robust and persuasive advocacy.” Chambers UK 2019

 “First choice for solicitors and is absolutely in a league of his own.” Who’s Who Legal 2019

 “He deals with matters calmly and pragmatically, and most importantly he understands what the client wants and works to deliver that.” Who’s Who Legal 2018

 “A calm, precise and measured advocate.” Legal 500 2018

 Sports

‘Enthusiastic even on unfamiliar ground: has invaluable insights into the interface between sport and employment law.” Legal 500 Sports London 2019

 “Thorough in everything he does, and a very effective advocate.” Legal 500 Sports London 2018

 Public Law

“An effective and thorough negotiator.” Legal 500 2018

 Immigration

Recognised for his representation of the Government in immigration proceedings with national security and terrorism aspects. He is also noted for his handling of Special Immigration Appeals Commission cases and judicial reviews involving matters such as human rights, discrimination and EEA free movement. He is also experienced in handling unlawful detention claims for the Home Office. “He manages to present complicated cases in a digestible way.” Chambers UK 2019

Notable Cases
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Employment

Notable cases:

Gray v Mulberry Company (Design) Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 1720 - successsfully acting for Mulberry in the first philosophical belief discrimination case considered by the Court of Appeal involving a novel belief in the statutory human or moral right to own the copyright or rights of one's own creative works and output. The appeal was televised live on the Court of Appeal's Youtube channel.

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.

Maistry v The BBC – acting for the BBC in a ground-breaking philosophical belief discrimination case involving a belief in BBC values namely “the higher purpose of public service broadcasting” which was widely reported in the national press.

Capita UK v Siauciunas UKEAT/0181/16 – successfullly representing Capita in an important test case arising from the 'Gig Economy' regarding the employment status of over 6000 court interpreters. The EAT held that the ET had erred in law in finding that court interpreters were workers, not independant contractors.

Rahman v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and another UKEAT/0076/09 - Special Advocate for the appellant in the leading case whether closed material proceedings in employment cases where the claimant and his legal advisers are excluded for national security reasions is compliant with Article 6 of the ECHR (right to fair trial).

Durix and Gourmet and others v RBS – acting for the corporate investment division of RBS in high value race discrimination and whistle-blowing claims brought by a group of French national investment bankers.

Green King v HMRC - representing HMRC in appeals against notices of underpayment of the national minimum wage of approximatley £300,000 involving 1500 pub managers which dealt for the first time with the statutory interpretation of the term 'living accommodation' which is not defined under national minimum wage legislation.

Sports Law

Notable cases:

FA v Balotelli – advising the FA regarding disciplinary charges for an aggravated breach of FA Rule E3(2) against the Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli arising from his racist and anti-Semitic comments on Twitter.

ICC v Mohammed Ashraful – acting for the ex-Bangladeshi cricket captain at his disciplinary proceedings for match-fixing at the International Cricket Council in Doha, Qatar.

FIFA v Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Committee and X – representing a Saudi Arabian international footballer defending an appeal brought by FIFA to the Court of Arbitration in Lausanne against a doping penalty for taking Amphetamine.

Saracens Rugby Club v Premiership Rugby Limited – member of Arbitration Panel (Chair Charles Hollender QC, Brick Court Chambers) regarding a challenge by Saracens Rugby Club to a decision that it was paying over the salary cap for its playing squad.

The British Equestrian Federation v X – undertaking a complex disciplinary investigation into the Chef d’Equipe for Team GB (World Class Showjumping Performance Manager) accused of selling Team GB horses for commission.

Public Law

Notable cases:

Suffolk County Council v Deferia - Special Advocate for the father of a six year old boy in contested High Court public law proceedings about a father who was the victim of an attempt contract killing which was heard in secret to reduce the risk to father and child and the disclosure of sensitive police operational details. 

ZAT and others v SSHD – acting for the Secretary of State in a ground-breaking claim involving Syrian child refugees in the ‘Jungle Camp’ in Calais seeking asylum in the UK without having claimed asylum in France. The case has potentially far reaching and serious consequences for the ability of the UK to control its borders, and for the integrity of the Dublin III Convention.

Hewitt v MOJ – representing the MOJ in a high profile human rights claims brought by a male to female transgender prisoner who was placed in a male prison and denied access to private hormone treatment outside prison.

Kiani v The Home Office – whether as a matter of EU law under Article 47 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, there is a requirement to provide minimum disclosure of the closed case against a claimant suspected of involvement in terrorist-related activity, applying ZZ v SSHD (CJEU). A preliminary reference to the CJEU is being sought.

Inquests

Notable cases:

Errol Graham Deceased - Representing DWP in a 2 week inquest into the death of a person who died from starvation following the withdrawal of his benefits. The case was raised in the House of Commons in January 2020 by Debbie Abrahams who called for an independant inquiry into similar cases.

O’Hanlon Deceased – Representing the MOD in a 4 week inquest regarding the death of a British soldier in Afghanistan as a result of “friendly fire” from US Forces, which involved highly sensitive disclosure issues and a Public Interest Disclosure application.

Green Deceased – Representing the Prison Service in a 5 week inquest into the death of an inmate who died in his cell from severe dehydration and malnutrition, which involved serious allegations of systemic neglect by medical and prison staff.

Scholarships/Awards
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Winner ‘Barrister of the Year’ Award 2015 and 2013 – Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards.

Winner 'Professional of the Year' Award 2013 - GG2 Leadership Awards.

Nominated 'Human Rights Lawyer of the Year 2013' - Liberty's Human Rights Legal.

Recognised in Birmingham Post's ‘Power List 250’ 2017 and 2016 as one of the most influential lawyers in West Midlands – Birmingham Post Power 250.

Appointments
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Deputy Chair of the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC).

Attorney General’s Regional A Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown

Attorney General’s Panel of Special Advocates

Welsh Government A Panel of Counsel

Equality and Human Rights Commission A Panel of Counsel

League Managers Association Legal Panel

FA Rule K Arbitrator

Legal Arbitrator, Sport Resolutions UK

Chair, FA Anti-Discrimination Panel

Chair, Police Misconducts Panel

Articles & Publications
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Bloomsbury’s ‘Discrimination Law’

Authors: Tariq Sadiq 2012-2018

‘Discrimination Law’ covers every aspect of discrimination, giving practical and detailed advice on the full range of legal equality issues. It considers discrimination in the arenas of employment law, goods and services, housing, education, and transport services across the fields of sex, race, disability, religious and sexual orientation discrimination, equal pay, and EU equality law. It also contains commentary on practice and procedure including its own guideline to the amount of awards in discrimination claims.

Personal Details
Education

The University of Kent at Canterbury.

Professional Associations

Employment Lawyers Association

Administrative Law Bar Association

Employment Law Bar Association

Industrial Law Society

British Association of Sports Lawyers

Tariq's Latest News
Employment Team | Breakfast Seminars
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24—02—2020

Employment Team | Breakfast Seminars

Law with Lunch - Employment Team
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21—10—2019

Law with Lunch - Employment Team

Employment Law Conference 2019
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03—07—2019

Employment Law Conference 2019

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