"A hugely impressive junior, outstanding at every turn” (Legal 500 2014), Mohinderpal Sethi "has established himself as one of the leading employment juniors at the Bar” (Chambers & Partners 2016).
His expertise spans the full range of commercial, employment, equality and partnership disputes in the High Court, employment tribunals and on appeal.
Mohinderpal was shortlisted for Employment Junior of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2016. He is consistently ranked in Band 1 (the top 10 leading juniors in the country) by Chambers & Partners and in 2015 was appointed by the Attorney-General as Junior Counsel to the Crown (A Panel) to undertake the highest profile Government work.
He “frequently acts for some of the biggest clients in the financial services industry. He specialises in complex international business protection litigation in the context of restraint of trade and team moves. Very impressive, he is highly intelligent, quick, commercially astute and responsive to clients. He is very comfortable in dealing with clients and impresses them.” (Chambers & Partners 2017).
He has over 20 years’ experience of acting for a wide spectrum of clients from multinational corporations, international banks and foreign governments to ultra-high net worth individuals, boardroom executives and equity partners in high value and commercially sensitive or politically charged matters.
A former Litigator for a FTSE 100 company, Mohinderpal is particularly attuned to working as part of a legal team providing strategic and cost-sensitive solutions to knotty legal problems.
His approach to both his lay and professional clients is reflected in independent market research conducted by the leading legal directories:
High Court commercial litigation: He “has built a strong, commercially focussed practice and is regularly instructed on asset and business protection cases” (Chambers & Partners 2015). "Mohinderpal has a growing City injunctions and bonus claims practice and played a prominent role in the high-profile Tullet Prebon case, concerning a major City team move” (Chambers & Partners 2012). "He is excellent on contractual disputes” (Chambers & Partners 2016).
Complex employment claims: Chambers & Partners 2014 describes Mohinderpal as “A talented junior who often appears as lead counsel in high-profile employment disputes, particularly those involving clients in the financial services sector”. Sources applaud his "clever and insightful handling of complex whistleblowing matters” (Chambers & Partners 2010). "Mohinderpal is clear-sighted on discrimination issues” (Chambers & Partners 2013). "Clients note his clear understanding of trade union matters” (Chambers & Partners 2008).
Outstanding trial and appellate advocacy: “A robust advocate, who is agile in his approach and able to handle unexpected developments smoothly.” (Legal 500 2016). "An excellent advocate" (Legal 500 2014), who is praised for his "effective and persuasive advocacy skills and excellent cross-examination” (Legal 500 2009). Clients enthuse of "his excellent submissions and for keeping a calm head during advocacy and his appellate skills" (Chambers & Partners 2008). Mohinderpal is ranked in the Equal Opportunities Review of all-time IRLR appearances with numerous reported appellate cases (2014 EOR 244).
Technical excellence: "Highly bright” (Chambers & Partners 2013). "Clear and incisive legal mind” (Legal 500 2009). "Knowledgeable, experienced and pragmatic" (Chambers & Partners 2009). He has particular expertise in high value claims having co-authored Employment Tribunal Remedies (4th Edition, Oxford University Press) which has received such accolades as “definitely a ‘must read’” (ELA Briefing Vol 18 No 7 August 2011) and “highly recommended” (New Law Journal 2011 161 NLJ 1562).
Strategic, tactical and commercial acumen: "A commercial operator who quickly wins the respect of clients” (Legal 500 2015). "He’s able to be very creative and to think outside of the box. He dissects his cases so well” (Chambers & Partners 2014). "He looks at old problems in new and creative ways, sources say” (Chambers & Partners 2013). "His sharp legal analysis and understanding of the politics of the case is particularly appreciated” (Chambers & Partners 2008).
A real team player: Mohinderpal is "sharp, responsive and pragmatic" (Legal 500 2013). "Sources admire his calm demeanour and his keen eye for detail. He is also seen as being incredibly hard-working and responsive to the client" (Chambers & Partners 2012). "His pre-trial preparation is unbeatable. His friendly, hands-on approach goes down a treat with clients” (Chambers & Partners 2011). Clients describe him as "incredibly quick and user-friendly" (Chambers & Partners 2009). He is direct access qualified.
Mohinderpal has a strong practice in High Court injunctions and speedy trials to enforce directors' and fiduciaries' duties, restrictive covenants, trade secrets and confidentiality, database rights, garden leave and economic torts (often involving team moves). His City clients include investment banks, private equity firms, hedge funds, inter-dealer brokers, insurance brokers, senior executives and equity partners. He is co-author with Selwyn Bloch QC of Springboard Injunctions (PLC).
Mohinderpal has significant experience of the legal issues arising from high value senior executive rewards packages including bonus, share option, PHI, and pension schemes. He has acted in a wide range of disputes arising from domestic and international commercial contracts including partnership and LLP, vendor-purchaser, joint-venture and franchise agreements.
Mohinderpal is a member of the Commercial Bar Association and the Professional Negligence Bar Association.
Shortlisted for Employment Junior of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2016, Mohinderpal has substantial experience of acting for and against international blue-chip companies and high profile public figures in multi-million pound breach of contract, whistleblowing, discrimination and TUPE claims often involving a considerable degree of market of political sensitivity. He has acted in numerous high profile employment disputes in UK domestic courts and tribunals as well as internationally (for example, the Dubai International Financial Centre Court). He has particular expertise in cross-border employment litigation often involving complex issues of jurisdiction and conflicts of laws.
Mohinderpal is the author of several leading publications including Employment Tribunal Remedies (4th Edition, Oxford University Press) and Termination of Employment (Bloomsbury Professional). He has twice been elected as the Representative of the Bar on the Management Committee of the Employment Lawyers Association and sits on the Editorial Board of ELA Briefing. He is the elected Treasurer of the Employment Law Bar Association.
Mohinderpal has appeared in some of the leading discrimination cases in the employment, education, goods and services and public law fields. He has extensive experience of long and complex equal pay, sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief and age discrimination claims, as well as claims by part-time workers and fixed-term employees. "He works extensively with a range of clients, from major corporations to high net worth individuals, and is skilled at handling discrimination disputes in particular” (Chambers & Partners 2016). Mohinderpal is ranked in the Equal Opportunities Review of all-time IRLR appearances with 14 reported appellate cases (2014 EOR 244).
Mohinderpal has extensive experience and expertise in disputes regarding partnership and LLP agreements, restrictive covenants and confidentiality, joining and leaving (including team moves), whistleblowing, discrimination, capital contributions, exclusions, termination, retirement provisions, and profit share.
His experience spans a wide range of professional and financial services sectors including hedge funds, lawyers, accountants, surveyors, architects, patent agents, dentists, doctors and limited partnerships. He has advised on the merger of professional firms and the conversion of traditional partnerships into LLPs.
He regularly represents both partnerships/LLPs as well as individuals or teams of partners/LLP members. This experience enables him to not only bring a balanced understanding of often highly charged matters involving career and reputational risk, but also enables him to anticipate the likely response to any issue. Much of his work in this area is highly sensitive and resolved confidentially. He has recently been involved in a number of very high level equity partner exits from ‘magic circle’ law firms in the City.
Mohinderpal is a member of the Association of Partnership Practitioners.
Mohinderpal is experienced in advising on and appearing before a wide range of regulatory and professional disciplinary bodies, particularly those concerned with financial services, media and sport. He has particular expertise in advising on matters arising from the Libor and FX rate rigging scandals, US sanctions, mortgage-backed securities and the disciplinary and enforcement powers of the FCA. He has been entrusted to conduct a number of high level internal disciplinary and grievance investigations for various FTSE and S&P companies.
Mohinderpal is a member of the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers.
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