Name: Shah Qureshi
Firm Name: Irwin Mitchell LLP
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom
Practice Area: Employment Law

Telephone: +44 (0)207 400 8761
Fax: 020 7242 5973

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Professional Biography:

Leaders in Law endorses Shah Qureshi as our exclusively recommended Employment Law expert in the United Kingdom. If you wish to get in touch with Shah, please use the contact information provided above.

Shah is head of the Employment and Professional Discipline team in London. His practice covers all areas of employment law, discrimination law and professional discipline. He is a recognised leader in representing executives and professionals in both contentious and non-contentious work.

He has also developed a good reputation in pursuing successful discrimination and whistleblowing cases against large corporations and public bodies. He has extensive experience of advising on regulatory issues including cases before the Financial Conduct Authority and the General Medical Council, and has a portfolio of key employer clients ranging from national charities, local authorities and companies. He is also an accredited mediator.

Shah is a former Board Member of the Discrimination Law Association and the Muslim Council of Britain’s Legal Affairs Committee. He is an active member of the Employment Lawyer’s Association.

He is the author of the Equal Opportunities chapter of Tolley’s Employment and Personnel Procedures and a former visiting lecturer at London Metropolitan University. He has spoken at conferences held by the Law Society, Employment Lawyers’ Association, National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the Discrimination Law Association.

Shah has been interviewed and quoted in the press including the Guardian, the Times, the Telegraph and the Independent. He has appeared on BBC Newsnight, BBC News, Channel 4 and Radio 5 Live to provide legal comment.

Recent Highlights

  •  Quoted in Wired discussing employers’ statutory duty to conduct health and safety risk assessments for employees working from home
  • Appeared on talkRADIO to comment on Priti Patel bullying investigation and Sir Philip Rutnam’s whistleblowing claim – listen to Shah on talkRADIO (skip to 11:45)
  • Represented Sir Nicholas Mostyn, five other High Court judges, and a Court of Appeal judge in the successful age, sex and race discrimination challenge to the government’s new judicial pension scheme.
  • Achieved a seven figure settlement in a whistleblowing claim for the Global General Counsel of a major bank.
  • Successfully represented a female Managing Director in a sex discrimination claim against a US investment bank achieving a seven figure settlement.
  • Acted for Terry Farr, a broker acquitted in the worldwide investigations into LIBOR manipulation. Represented Mr Farr in investigations by the Financial Conduct Authority and the US Department of Justice.
  • Achieved a six figure settlement in a sex discrimination and harassment claim brought by the former Chief Executive of a barristers’ chambers
  • Successfully represented Tim Nicholson, former Head of Sustainability at Grainger PLC, in establishing environmental beliefs and a belief in climate change are capable of protection under the UK’s equality laws.
  • Advising a number of Chief Executives of Muslim charities on their employment rights and status.


“He is very supportive, helpful and responsive, guiding the process with patience and sensitivity. “He’s a good, smart lawyer. “He is a negotiating maestro.” – Chambers & Partners, 2021 (Leading Individual – Band 4)

“Ranked as a Band 1 leader in the field.” – Chambers & Partners, 2020

“…maintains a respected claimant-side practice advising employees on matters including discrimination and whistle-blowing claims and regulatory issues.” Interviewees describe him as “a very pragmatic lawyer who is very personable, commercial and knowledgeable on the law.” – Chambers & Partners, 2020

“Exceptional experience of claimant work and high-quality judgement.” – Legal 500, 2020

“Emilie Cole, Shah Qureshi and Shazia Khan stand out for their exceptional client care and judgement.” – Legal 500, 2020

“Shah Qureshi is hugely respected for his litigation experience and is also adept at handling claims of discrimination, dismissal and whistleblowing.” – Chambers & Partners, 2018

“Combines a ‘very high level of competence and professionalism’ with an ‘absolute commitment to clients’… ‘combining innovation with pragmatism and strong client-care skills’.” – Legal 500, 2017

Shah qualified as a solicitor in 2002.


Gender Reassignment: Transgender Employment Rights -Where Are We Now? – a review of the current position of transgender rights in the workplace, January 2021

Ethical Veganism Is A Protected Philosophical Belief – a review of the employment tribunal decision in January 2020

Religion And Belief – Stoicism Now Considered A Philosophical Belief – a review of the employment tribunal decision in September 2020

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Who We Are

We’re legal and financial advisors with a difference, based in 15 UK locations and with an international presence as members of First Law International.

Giving the best possible advice is about more than knowledge and expertise. It means understanding the people and businesses you work with as deeply as possible. It means taking the time to listen to what matters most to them.

It’s what we call ‘the expert hand with human touch’.

We couldn’t do for our clients what we do without our colleagues or our communities either – read more about Irwin Mitchell’s clients, colleagues, and communities.

What we do

We’re a full-service law firm, which means whatever advice you need or problem you have, we can help.


We all need legal or financial advice at some point in our personal lives.

It can help us through some of our key milestones – buying a house, getting married, planning retirement, providing for your kids’ future, or moving to a new country.

But it’s also vital when things don’t go according to plan – if you’re hurt in an accident, a medical procedure goes wrong, a loved one loses mental capacity, or you’re treated unfairly by work or the government. It could also be a difficult family matter such as a separation or a dispute over a will.

And it can also give us peace of mind for the future, whether that’s with a new Will, a power of attorney, or a solid financial plan.

Whatever your situation, we have specialists ready to help. We’ll listen to you and strive for the best possible outcome.

See a full list of our personal legal services and wealth management services


Our lawyers are more than just problem-solvers. We’re your long-term strategic advisors. We’ll work with you and your teams to give practical, commercially-minded advice tailored to your specific goals and targets.

You’ll get comprehensive insight and support from solicitors who truly understand your sector and the market pressures you face.

As a full service firm, we can help advise and represent you in any area of law. And you can rest assured that you’re getting one integrated plan that takes all your legal needs into account.

We’re also the UK partner of First Law International, an elite global network of law firms, and can help you access world-class legal advice around the world. Read more about our international work.

Learn more about how we can help your business

Our History

Irwin Mitchell’s story goes back all the way to 1912, when Walter Irwin Mitchell founded the law firm in Sheffield.

We originally focussed on criminal law, but by the 1980s we were working on some of the UK’s most high-profile personal injury cases, including:

  • The Zeebrugge ferry disaster
  • The Marchioness riverboat disaster
  • The British Airtours Boeing 737 disaster at Manchester Airport
  • The Kegworth Air Crash
  • The Lockerbie Pan-Am flight terrorist bombing.

As our reputation grew around the country, it was time for the firm to grow with it. In 1989, we opened our second office in Birmingham.

This growth continued into the 1990s with a series of mergers and acquisitions and offices opening in Leeds and London. By 2007, we’d moved into Newcastle, Manchester, and Glasgow as well. Expansion in the South of England continued through the 2010s.

Through this journey, Irwin Mitchell has become the largest full-service law firm in the UK with leading private client and business legal departments. We’ve also developed a highly-respected wealth management service after helping thousands of clients manage large compensation settlements.

But we’re not ones to rest on our laurels. We’re always exploring innovative new ways to help more people and give our clients even better service.

We’re consistently ranked one of the country’s top firms by independent legal directories and win a wide variety of awards for the quality of our work. In 2019, we achieved Superbrand status for the first time, alongside international heavyweights as varied as British Airways, eBay, and LEGO.

See a full list of our recent award wins

Our Locations

There are 15 Irwin Mitchell offices around the UK, so wherever you’re based, we can help:

If you can’t make it to an office, we can connect by phone, video, or email or, where possible, even meet you somewhere that’s convenient for you. And if you’re not in the UK, we can help with international legal issues too.

We know that things like buying a property or running a business can be very different in different parts of the country. We find that having a presence around the country helps us keep up-to-date and give the best possible advice that’s relevant to your local area.

Every quarter, we commission an in-depth study into local economic trends to help us advise our clients around the country. Read our latest UK Powerhouse city tracker report for our analysis on the current business climate in your local area.