FFW takes key role in settling Dizaei claims

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has taken a lead role for the Metropolitan Police in settling former police commander Ali Dizaei’s five employment tribunal claims against his former employer. 

The disgraced former commander was suspended in 2008 over suspicion he had framed businessman Waad al-Baghadi in a row over money – a crime for which he was later convicted. Dizaei launched five employment tribunal claims against his employer, all of which have now been settled out of court.

FFW partner Richard Kenyon and associate Neil Johnston represented the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (Mopac, formerly the Metropolitan Police Authority or MPA), instructing Clive Sheldon QC and Patrick Halliday of 11KBW.

The MPA is a longstanding FFW client and partners Neil Johnston and Richard Kenyon have worked on the Dizaei case from the start.

Matrix Chambers’ Thomas Linden QC and Devereux Chambers’ Alison Padfield were instructed for the Metropolitan Police Commisioner by Melanie Jones from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

Dizaei was represented by PSB Law partner Eddie Parladorio. In December last year, Matrix Chambers’ Michael Duggan was instructed to resist a strike-out application thought to have helped pave the way for the settlement but he has not been involved since then.

The former police commander launched legal proceedings against the MPS and the commissioner following his 2008 suspension from the force. He claimed that his suspension and decisions not to promote him were acts of race discrimination, connected to his role as president of the National Black Police Officers Association. In total, five separate claims were launched against 17 respondents. 

The case was originally set down for 40 days in the Central London Employment Tribunal in April this year, but the proceedings were postponed until January 2014 due to the criminal prosecutions underway. Dizaei was originally jailed in 2010 for framing al-Baghadi, but mounted a successful appeal in 2011. That was then overturned the following year, leading to another reduced prison sentence for perverting the course of justice. Dizaei’s second appeal was also quashed in February 2013.