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Sapandeep Singh Maini-Thompson

Call: 2021

“Sapan’s analysis, judgement and advocacy are excellent. His cross-examination was very effective and he kept the client at ease throughout the case. I would instruct him again.”

Employment Partner, Shakespeare Martineau

Sapandeep Singh Maini-Thompson practices in employment, discrimination, public law and professional discipline.

Sapan represents Claimants and Respondents in both statutory and commercial employment matters. He also conducts employment-related investigations. In public law, Sapan practices primarily in education, equality law and data protection.

Sapan maintains a keen academic interest in legal affairs and has written extensively for the UK Human Rights Blog, the New Law Journal and various other outlets.

Prior to joining the Bar, Sapan worked as a legal representative for the Cleaners and Allied Independent Workers Union (CAIWU) and as a researcher for the Uyghur Tribunal.

After graduating from Oxford University, he came top of his year in his Master’s degree at the London School of Economics before obtaining first-class marks in all papers during his LLM at University College London, specialising in labour law, comparative public law and the conflict of laws in commercial disputes.

Sapan is a Governing Trustee of the charity Royal Star & Garter.

Expertise

Employment

Sapan represents both Claimants and Respondents in the Employment Tribunal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) and the High Court. He has worked with clients across multiple sectors including health & social care, higher education, financial services, retail, local and central government.

His experience includes:

  • Successfully acting for an employee in an EAT appeal concerning an employer’s obligations of consultation under Regulation 13 of TUPE;
  • Successfully representing an HR manager against a well-known food company in a 3-day claim for pregnancy & maternity discrimination & constructive unfair dismissal (Unfair Dismissal, Equality Act);
  • Appearing unled in the High Court for an accounting company in injunction proceedings, in relation to breach of confidence and copyright by an ex-employee (Injunctions, Data Protection; Restricted Reporting Orders);
  • Successfully defending a university in a 7-day claim brought by an academic for race discrimination & constructive unfair dismissal (Unfair Dismissal, Equality Act);
  • Successfully acting for a financial services company in a 7-day claim for sexual harassment, sex discrimination, victimisation and wrongful dismissal (Breach of Contract, Equality Act);
  • Successfully defending a mental health care company in a 4-day claim for whistleblowing detriment, religious belief discrimination and unfair dismissal (Whistleblowing, Equality Act, Unfair Dismissal);
  • Representing a manufacturing company in a 4-day claim for unfair dismissal, successfully obtaining a Polkey reduction of over 50% owing to financial mismanagement by the Director (Unfair Dismissal, Breach of Contract);
  • Drafting the particulars of claim for a senior asset manager in a six-figure Equal Pay claim (Equal Pay);
  • Advising a law firm on the enforceability of non-compete clauses in a solicitor’s contract of employment (Restrictive Covenants);
  • Representing a public sector claimant at a 2-day remedy hearing concerning complex issues of causation, divisibility and apportionment of psychiatric injury (obtaining over £50,000 in compensation) (Remedy, Causation, Remoteness);
  • Representing the Department for Work & Pensions in a 10-day claim for discrimination arising from disability, victimisation and unfair dismissal (led by Michael Paulin) (Unfair Dismissal, Equality Act).
  • Representing a higher education college in a 5-day claim for discrimination arising from disability & unfair dismissal (led by Mugni Islam-Choudhury) (Redundancy, Equality Act).

Sapan advises on liability and quantum and conducts judicial mediations. His advisory practice encompasses ancillary civil matters such as breach of contract and data protection claims. He is a member of the Government Legal Department’s ‘Junior Junior’ Panel and is regularly instructed to draft responses and to assist in employment proceedings.

In addition to court work, Sapan provides training and seminars to law firms on a range of employment and equality law matters. Sapan has presented on gender recognition and discrimination law at Mills & Reeve, Shoosmiths, Shakespeare Martineau, Bates Wells, Knights Plc, Freeths, Harbottle & Lewis and various other firms. His presentations have been described by solicitors variously as “excellent”, “thought-provoking” and “very insightful”.

His work on gender reassignment and the Equality Act was published by the New Law Journal in January 2024.

Discrimination

Sapan has been instructed by Claimants and Defendants to advise upon claims in the County Court concerning discrimination in the provision of goods and services.

His recent experience includes:

  • Advising a Claimant in a claim for disability discrimination against an unincorporated association concerning the denial of an application for club membership;
  • Advising a Claimant in a claim for disability discrimination against a higher education college concerning a failure to implement reasonable adjustments to a student’s examination arrangements.

Investigations

Sapan undertakes investigations and inquiries for both private and public sector clients. Recent instructions include:

  • Investigating a whistleblowing complaint of discrimination arising from disability on behalf of a major legal advice charity (interviewing 8 witnesses);
  • Leading an employment grievance investigation into complaints of race discrimination and gross misconduct at a medium-sized London law firm (interviewing 6 witnesses).

Public Law

Sapan’s public law practice spans education, equality law, data protection and inquests. He has experience representing appellants and public bodies in the First-tier Tribunal, the County Court and the High Court. He is frequently instructed by the GLD (Junior Junior Panel) in matters spanning a wide range of government litigation. He has security clearance.

Data & Information Rights

Sapan represents both Claimants and Defendants in claims concerning breach of the GDRP, the Date Protection Act 2018 and freedom of information.

He has been instructed by Claimants, Local Authorities and the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman in various proceedings before the County Court and the First-tier Tribunal. He has also drafted defences on behalf of the GLD.

Sapan has lectured on the law regulating facial recognition technology at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Education

Sapan appears in the First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) in appeals against Educational, Health and Care Plans and in claims of disability discrimination, both for parents and local authorities. He is experienced in dealing with high-cost placements, waking-day curricula and bespoke forms of special educational provision, including post-16 provision. He has advised in claims for judicial review against the failure of local authorities to provide suitable education and in appeals to the Upper Tribunal. Sapan is also instructed in school exclusion and admission appeals.

His recent experience in the SEND Tribunal includes:

  • BM v London Borough of Barking & Dagenham [2024] (Instructed by the parent in a successful appeal against Sections F and I, securing a special school placement and extensive SALT and OT provision)
  • ZA v Sandwell Local Authority [2023] (Instructed by the parent in a successful appeal against Sections F and I);
  • CHS v London Borough of Croydon [2023] (Instructed by the parent in an appeal concerning the need for a extended-day curriculum);
  • Representing numerous Local Authorities in various appeals.

Inquests, Public Inquiries & Coronial Law (Public Law)

Sapan provides representation in coronial proceedings. His experience includes representing a prison nurse in a multi-week Article 2 jury inquest, care home staff and NHS health trusts.

Regulatory

Sapan has a wide-ranging practice in professional discipline representing defendants before various regulators.

His experience includes:

  • Defending osteopaths before the General Osteopathic Council’s Professional Conduct Committee;
  • Representing a dentist in an appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (Primary Health Lists);
  • Advising a doctor in relation to proceedings before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service;
  • Defending nurses before the Nursing and Midwifery Council (instructed by the RCN); Representing a prison nurse in an Article 2 jury inquest (instructed by the RCN).

Sapan has also been a case presenter for the Nursing & Midwifery Council and has represented the regulator in multiple fitness to practice proceedings across a variety of misconduct matters. These include harassment and bullying, the mis-administration of medication, errors in record- keeping and dishonesty.

During pupillage, Sapan also assisted with proceedings before the General Optical Council, the Financial Reporting Council and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

 

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  • Middle Temple: Colombos Public International Law Essay Prize (2021)
  • Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum: John RWD Jones QC Essay Prize (2021)
  • Geoffrey Nice Foundation Scholarship (2020)
  • Middle Temple: Queen Mother Scholarship (2019)
  • Middle Temple: Harmsworth Entrance Award (2019)
  • BPP University: Advocacy Scholarship (2019)
  • Winner of the Leicester University Medical Law Moot (2018)
  • LSE: Department of Government prize for ‘Best Overall Performance’ (2017)
  • LSE: Department of Government prize for ‘Best Dissertation’ (2017)
  • St John’s College, Oxford: Casberd Scholarship (2014-2016)
  • Junior Junior Counsel, Attorney General’s Civil Panel Counsel
  • Governor, Royal Star & Garter
  • 2019: University College London, LLM in Labour Law, Conflict of Laws and Public Law (First Class, with Distinctions in all subjects)
  • 2017: London School of Economics, MSc Comparative Politics (First Class, Ranked 1st of 70)
  • 2016: University of Oxford, BA History and Politics

Related News, Resources and Events

News


Pro Bono Recognition

No5 Barrister’s Chambers are proud to see Rebekah Wilson, Jessica Allen, Sapandeep Singh Maini-Thompson, Stephen Goodfellow and Baldip Singh Aulak named in the recently published Bar Pro…

Past Events


Employment Update Seminar – London

The No5 Employment Group invites you to attend our Spring Seminar at our new office at 7 Savoy Court in London. Talks will cover topics…

View all related news

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