Dispute Resolution & Employment Law

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Dispute Resolution & Employment Law


Shilpen is a dispute resolution specialist with a 20-year+ track record of achieving successful outcomes in complex commercial disputes and contentious corporate matters.

He is known as a deft negotiator and trouble-shooter, advising on many contentious and sensitive business challenges for clients in a range of business sectors including media, technology, real estate, hospitality, fashion and luxury brands, as well as financial and professional services. Shilpen seeks to resolve complex disputes persuasively, pragmatically and strategically to reach the best commercial outcome fast. This includes strong representation in court, at arbitration or, where appropriate, through mediation as an extremely effective alternative means of resolving disputes.

Shilpen is also known for his employment law expertise and advises employers, employees and others in workplace matters and actions in both the Employment Tribunal and High Court. He is a member of IR Global, the world’s largest exclusive network of advisory firms, where he is Employment Law Member for England. Shilpen is a committed advocate and driver for diversity and inclusion in the workplace and a pro bono supporter and Advisory Board member of Creative Equals. He also sits on the Board of Trustees of the social mobility charity Career Ready.

Shilpen leads a dynamic, integrated team of lawyers so that all client instructions can be managed seamlessly. Paul Ryman, Katie Garcia,  Ayisha Akamo and Jatin Patel are all experienced dispute resolution solicitors. The team works cohesively with a common ethos of delivering sound advice with a commercial edge and dealing with all parties to achieve successful client outcomes as quickly as possible.

Shilpen is also a CEDR-accredited independent mediator and accepts appointments in relation to business and workplace disputes.

Shilpen Advises

  • Corporates, SMEs and owner-managed enterprises.
  • Entrepreneurs & high net-worth individuals.
  • Senior executives & company directors.
  • Shareholders, LLP members and self-employed professionals.

Experience Highlights

Commercial disputes

  • Pursuing claims for compensation on behalf of 12 ex-directors and victims of the HBoS Reading fraud scandal against one of Britain’s largest financial services groups.
  • Representing a national hospitality chain and its celebrity owner in relation to claims for breaches of contract and civil fraud against a joint venture partner.
  • Acting for a specialist M&A advisory against a global pharmaceutical company for a damages claim arising from breaches of contract.
  • Acting for a corporate joint venture partner to secure high-value intellectual property assets against a global stock market index provider.
  • Defending a shareholder and ex-business owner in proceedings for civil fraud and breaches of contract brought by a private equity investor.
  • Acting for an English company in an arbitration claim for breaches of contract against a military service company in the United Arab Emirates.
  • Pursuing a £multimillion breach of contract claim against an international newspaper for wrongful termination of a digital media joint venture.
  • Acting in a high-profile dispute between property developers concerning the recovery of the client’s personal data and the scope of the data controller’s statutory obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998.


  • Representing a leading investment manager in relation to constructive unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal claims, and advising on post-termination restrictions and the right to compete with a major debt fund client.
  • Acting for a senior banker against a global German bank in relation to whistleblowing, race discrimination and unfair dismissal claims.
  • Pursuing a sex discrimination claim by a high profile senior Creative Director against a major media agency.
  • Constructive unfair dismissal and race discrimination claim by a surveyor subjected to extreme anti-Semitic abuse by an international chain of private hospitals.
  • Providing day-to-day employment law advice to major corporate clients, including the London arm of a $multi-billion US private equity house and one of the world’s best recognised designer fashion brands.

Career History

Previous Law Firms

  • DWFM Beckman, London: Partner
  • Judge Sykes Frixou: Partner


  • London School of Economics (1993 LLB)
  • King’s College London (1995 LLM)
  • The College of Law (1994)
  • New York Bar Exam (2001)