With 16 years of legal experience, Zafin has specialised in mass employment law litigation since 2005. Skilful, efficient and scrupulous, Zafin has an excellent track record in securing compensation for clients seeking redress for unfair dismissal, discrimination and equal pay.
Zafin has experience conducting multi-claimant cases, one of which went to the Supreme Court, as well as conducting advocacy in preliminary hearings, judicial mediation and ACAS conciliation.
Whether handling cases involving TUPE, unfair dismissal, flexible working, maternity and sex discrimination or unlawful deduction of wages, Zafin brings a substantial base of knowledge and skills to bear on every case she undertakes.
Working extensively with trade unions, Zafin provides training and support to union members and reps and leads UNISON’s advice line in the West Midlands. As a patient and carer governor at Birmingham Women’s and Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Zafin utilises her ability to scrutinise large amounts of documents to hold the hospital’s management to account.
Zafin takes particular satisfaction in securing compensation for workers on low pay who are often seen as easy targets by unscrupulous employers and she is not afraid chase them through all possible legal avenues to achieve justice.
One of the reasons Zafin enjoys working at Thompsons is that the firm shares her determination to not let “bad bosses get away with it”.
Outside of work Zafin enjoys going to the theatre and keeping fit.
ZAFIN’S CASE EXPERIENCE
Unfair dismissal: More than a 100 workers at Caparo Atlas Fastenings Ltd were made redundant without their union being consulted after the firm went into administration. Zafin took the case and achieved a total settlement of £300,000 for the workers.
Equal Pay: A joint equal pay case involving women employees from Sandwell local authority was taken to the Supreme Court, after the council challenged a ruling stating equal pay claimants did not have to identify comparators as part of their grievance. Zafin took the case before the Supreme Court, which dismissed the appeal by Sandwell council, ensuring similar claims were not thrown out under the then current legislation.
Anita Edwards, UNISON West Midlands case referral unit leader, said: “Zafin Aktar has worked with UNISON West Midlands for a number of years. She has provided advice and undertaken litigation on behalf of UNISON in a number of important areas. These include large successful equal pay cases brought against local authorities in the West Midlands as well individual cases on behalf of UNISON members in a variety of areas including discrimination, unlawful deduction of wages and unfair dismissal.”
Dawn Sant, UNISON regional organiser, said: “I rely on Zafin’s expert professional legal opinion to advise me on cases. These cases have included; race discrimination, religious Discrimination, sex discrimination, age discrimination, minimum wage claims, unfair dismissals, discrimination for making a protected disclosure, TUPE, and Unlawful Deductions in Pay.
“I have found Zafin’s knowledge and expertise extremely helpful in supporting our members. Our members have also communicated to me, her out-standing representation at tribunal hearings. Our UNISON members are delighted with the results, and so am I.”