Linklaters taken to tribunal as ex-employee alleges fraudulent billing and discrimination

Lewis Silkin is advising Linklaters as the firm faces a discrimination claim and allegations of fraudulent billing from a former paralegal.

The hearing started today (10 June) at the Central London Employment Tribunal and is expected to last six days. It is chaired by employment judge D Pearl.

Today’s hearing has centred around a complaint of bullying and discrimination from the claimant, former Linklaters paralegal Ali Hussain who joined the firm in March 2009. Hussain was employed on a fixed-term contract which was extended for a year in February 2012.

The claimant first made a complaint of bullying to Linklaters’ human resources department in April 2012, when he went on sick leave before leaving the firm.

Hussain alleged that he was pressurised to work overtime by his manager while at the firm and was discriminated on the basis that he is an Asian Muslim.

During the hearing there was also mention of an additional claim relating to fraudulent billing, which Linklaters counsel Amy Sander of Essex Court Chambers said would be discussed later.

Hussain turned to JMW Solicitors for legal advice, with Kahsif Ali of St John’s Building instructed as counsel. Linklaters turned to Lewis Silkin for legal advice with Sander as counsel.

Linklaters declined to comment.