Rakesh is Head of Employment Rights Strategy at Thompsons Solicitors and is responsible for developing the firm’s employment rights strategy, planning, policy, service quality and business development.

In terms of casework Rakesh deals with a wide range of employment cases, but with a heavy emphasis on discrimination. 


Chambers says: Rakesh is "recognised by market sources for his diligent and effective client service. His negotiation style is also praised, as is his ability to manage complex discrimination cases.

He has been involved in a number of important employment law cases including: 

Gibb v Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust [2010] EWCA Civ 678 - Court of Appeal decision that a public body could not escape contractual commitments in a compromise agreement by alleging after the event that their decision to enter into them was unlawful or irrational.

Kelly and ors v UNISON [2010] - Tribunal decision about whether the claimants were discriminated against on grounds of their Trotskyite beliefs contrary to the Religion and Belief Regulations.

Brunel University and anor v Vaseghi and anor [2007] - Court of Appeal decision about the admissibility of without prejudice discussions in court proceedings.

O'Hanlon v HMRC [2007] - Court of Appeal decision about disability discrimination in relation to sickness absence procedures.

Griffiths v DWP [2015] - Court of Appeal case about disability discrimination in relation to trigger points in sickness absence procedures.

Greater Glasgow Health Board v. Doogan and Wood [2014] UKSC 68 - Supreme Court case in which we acted for the Royal College of Midwives and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service as interveners. Case concerned the application of the conscientious objection clause for medical staff under the Abortion Act 1967.


Rakesh regularly give talks and lectures on employment law to clients both at events organised by Thompsons and external organisations such as the Institute of Employment Rights.

He writes articles and commentary on employment law matters for Thompsons' own publications including Labour and European Law Review, as well as external publications. 

Professional membership 

Rakesh is a member of the Industrial Law Society and the Discrimination Law Association.


He has worked for Thompsons since 2001, having previously worked at Brent Community Law Centre where he specialised in employment, housing, public law and social welfare law after qualifying in 1992.

Recommendations for the Thompsons employment rights team 

Chambers: "Thompsons has a knack of getting on particularly well with clients and managing their expectations."

Chambers: "Thompsons fields a top-notch trade union practice."

Legal 500: "Thompsons has a strong hold on trade union instructions, delivering strategic employment law advice to UNISON, Unite, the GMB and the RMT."