Employment law solicitor Ranjit is based at Thompsons Solicitors’ Newcastle office and handles cases across Yorkshire, Humberside and the North East.
At the beginning of her career, Ranjit spent four years dealing with coal miner claims for vibration white finger, before becoming a Chartered Legal Executive in 2007 and qualifying as a solicitor in 2013.
Since 2006 Ranjit has specialised in employment law, covering claims involving discrimination, unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, redundancy, whistleblowing, wages, breach of contract, TUPE and collective issues such as protective award claims.
Ranjit handles an impressive caseload of complex employment law matters and deals with all types of employment tribunals from inception to completion for a number of trade unions, for whose members Ranjit has won countless claims.
As well as having client responsibility for BFAWU in the Yorkshire and Humber and the North East regions, Ranjit regularly advises trade unions, provides training for union representatives and writes legal updates, including for Thompsons’ own publication, the Labour and European Law Review.
Ranjit particularly enjoys helping those claimants who could not otherwise afford a solicitor to secure an optimum outcome and is proud to be a Thompsons’ employee because the firm works alongside trade unions to ensure employment rights are upheld.
Outside of work Ranjit spends as much time as possible outdoors, has completed a number of half marathons and climbed Ben Nevis, Snowden and Scafell Pike.
RANJIT’S CASE EXPERIENCE
Unfair dismissal claim: Paul Whittaker v Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council  – Mr Whittaker won his claim for unfair dismissal and after attending three employment tribunal hearings was awarded reinstatement. The council subsequently refused to reinstate and launched an appeal before settling the claim. Mr Whittaker was awarded the maximum 52 weeks earnings for the council’s failure to comply with the reinstatement order, plus interest from the date payment should have been made. The council was also made to pay Thompsons’ costs, which is very rare in employment tribunal hearings.
Group unfair dismissal claim: A group of 61 Unite members consisting of electricians, construction workers and plumbers were made redundant by employers Syncro Ltd and Syncro Capital Ltd in 2007. The company employed 44 Unite members at its Gateshead site who were awarded an average of £32,000 each after a Newcastle employment tribunal ruled in August 2008 that they were unfairly dismissed. A Glasgow employment tribunal ruled that the remaining 17 Paisley depot members were also unfairly dismissed, with the workers awarded an average of £42,000 each.
Ranjit is a member of the Industrial Law Society and the Newcastle Employment Tribunal User Group.
Unite regional officer Christian Ratcliffe said: “Ranjit, thanks for the work that you have done on this case. It is great to hear that Sophie got such a good outcome. It is sad that she has struggled with two employers in relation to her underlying medical issues. Both times Thompsons have been there to offer support and positive outcomes have been achieved.”
Unite member Linda Ellis said: “I would like to express my most sincere thanks and gratitude to yourself Ranjit. I am very thankful for all of your help and guidance through the process and difficult time over the past two and a half years. The encouragement, reassurance, guidance and dignity that you have shown to me I will never forget.”