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Linklaters and former lawyer to face sexual harassment claims at tribunal next month

Magic Circle law firm Linklaters and one of its former lawyers are facing an employment tribunal hearing next month after a former member of staff filed a sexual harassment claim.

The claimant, Ms F Imran, said she was sexually harassed while working at Linklaters’ offices between 2018 to February 2019.

Linklaters is named as a respondent to the claim alongside Partha Mudgil, the former head of the firm’s technology startup Nakhoda and a former associate in the firm’s banking practice.

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According to an employment judgment dated 4 May and published on 18 May, Linklaters and Mudgil have denied the accusations.

A Linklaters spokesperson confirmed Mudgil left the firm in January 2020, but said his exit was unconnected to the claim

Mudgil declined to comment. 

The judgment showed that Linklaters had failed in an attempt to strike out the claim, which will now be subject to a full tribunal hearing on 15-17 and 21 June.

According to the judgment, the claimant has disclosed 17 pages of WhatsApp messages to support her accusations.

The judge said that the claimant had failed to comply with a number of the tribunal’s orders and had shown evidence of unreasonable conduct – the grounds for Linklaters’ attempts to strike out the claim – but would allow it to proceed.

“I have given serious consideration to striking out the claim,” employment Judge Glennie wrote in his judgment.

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“I have, however, concluded that as a matter of discretion I should not strike out the claim at this point. The tribunal does not lightly strike out a complaint of sexual harassment,” Judge Glennie wrote.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Mudgil left Linklaters in January 2020. He was a banking associate at the firm between 2012 and 2017 and was then co-founder and chief operating officer of Nakhoda between 2017 and 2020.

Nakhoda is a technology startup backed by Linklaters that creates products to help financial institutions create and negotiate contracts.

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