Project Description


Tara Shahbahrami

I was called to the Bar in 2006 and specialise in employment law. I have appeared at employment tribunals, the High Court and the Employment Appeal Tribunal representing both Claimants and Respondents in multi-day and high value litigation. I have also represented a number of Claimants in pro bono matters.

Alongside Court work, I have also undertaken a wide range of advisory work on a variety of employment matters including discrimination, TUPE, and contractual obligations. I have regularly advised clients on the lawfulness of dismissal and other sanctions in a variety of factual circumstances. I have given many lectures and conducted training on various aspects of employment law and courtroom skills.

Convinced that disputes are better solved at a far earlier stage than litigation, and having developed a desire to part of the early resolution process, I qualified as a CEDR accredited mediator in 2010. Since then I have been involved in various mediations, primarily in the workplace setting. I have experienced mediation both from the perspective of participating as Counsel and mediating the dispute. I have come to firmly believe in the efficacy of the process.

I have experience of conducting a wide variety of investigations. In doing this, I naturally draw on my experience of interviewing witnesses and drafting witness statements, as well as experience of reviewing and advising on workplace investigations.  I enjoy the opportunity that conducting investigations gives me to use a combination of the skills gained through practice as a barrister and as a mediator.

Summary CV

  • Court School of Law graded Outstanding on the Bar Vocational Course.
  • University of Nottingham, First class BA Honours in Law with a Distinction in Chinese Law.
  • Hong Kong University on a Universitas 21 Scholarship programme
Career History
  • 2004 – 2005: International Law Clerk, Special War Crimes Court, Sarajevo
  • 2006 – to date: Barrister at law, 11 KBW Chambers (currently on parental leave)