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Nadia Motraghi

Call: 2004

"She has a wonderful combination of a superb intellect and being really nice to deal with." "She's a standout advocate." "A strong advocate who clients can rely on."

Chambers & Partners 2021

"She has an incredible legal mind but can also be devastating in cross examination. Very good for strategy and has excellent client-handling skills."

The Legal 500 2021

Overview

Nadia Motraghi is a senior junior, called to the bar in 2004. Her practice spans employment, professional discipline and public law.  She is ranked as a leading junior for all three areas in the legal directories.

Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 describe Nadia as:

  • “an exceptionally skilled advocate who acts for both employers and senior executives… Clients praise her dedication to cases and note her thoroughness and detailed approach. She has extensive experience of holiday pay claims and contractual disputes”.
  • “She has a great combination of intellect, attention to detail and persistence, with a practical and focused approach – she is a pleasure to deal with” .
  • “Phenomenally bright and keen”, “excellent on her feet”; “very practical and a great tactician”; “delves right to the heart of a matter”,
  • “incredibly tenacious in negotiations and on her feet”, “impresses clients with her commercial approach” and has an “excellent manner with clients”.
  • Nadia is known for her“standout litigation work” and is described as a “trusted adviser on non-contentious matters”.

Nadia is approachable, responsive and calm under pressure. She enjoys working in a team with solicitors and lay clients to resolve their legal issues effectively, commercially and sensitively. Her cases have taken her from the tribunals and lower courts to the Supreme Court and to every level of tribunal and court in between.

In employment law, Nadia’s practice covers the entire spectrum of employment disputes acting for employers and employees.  She often appears against silks unled.

Nadia has considerable expertise of whistle-blowing and discrimination claims in the financial services, insurance and technology sectors and in the public sector, especially the NHS and education. In the High Court, Nadia has a particular interest in injunctive relief and in all MHPS matters.

In regulatory law, Nadia has a broad professional discipline practice. She acts for individuals before their professional bodies and has a particular interest in healthcare, the legal profession and financial services. Nadia has particular insight in this area as a former member on the Bar Tribunal, determining cases of professional misconduct against barristers.

In public law, Nadia’s practice encompasses judicial reviews, especially in the fields of healthcare, professional regulation and employment-related matters as well as procurement disputes based on breaches of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR) as well as TUPE matters. Nadia is a Visiting Lecturer in Public Procurement Law at the University of Nottingham for course convenor Professor Sue Arrowsmith. Nadia has published articles on public procurement and TUPE in The Public Procurement Law Review and has spoken at the global public procurement conference, Global Revolution VIII in Nottingham.

Nadia also has a niche commercial practice covering commercial disputes arising out of employment relationships, healthcare contracts such as General Dental Service Contracts and public procurement law.

Education

Nadia read law at St John’s College, University of Oxford. At Oxford, she was a Lovells prize-winner.

Nadia was awarded a Frank Knox Fellowship at Harvard University. She graduated with an LLM from Harvard Law School and received the Dean’s Prize for Leadership. She also spent a year at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies where she studied Persian and Middle Eastern Studies, including Islamic Law.

Nadia studied for the Bar Vocation Course at the College of Law. Gray’s Inn awarded Nadia its pre-eminent scholarship and following Bar Finals, she received its Ede & Ravenscroft Student of the Year prize, for achieving the best marks in the country.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Nadia worked as a part-time lecturer and teaching fellow for several universities, including Harvard, where she received an award for excellence in teaching and as a Research Assistant for the Law Commission.

Current Memberships and other activities

Nadia is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) and sits on the ELA COVID-19 national working party.

She is a member of the Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA), Industrial Law Society (ILS) and the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL).

She regularly writes, commentates and lectures on topical legal subjects and has appeared on all the UK’s major new channels.

Professional Recommendations

 

“She has a wonderful combination of a superb intellect and being really nice to deal with.” “She’s a standout advocate.” “A strong advocate who clients can rely on.”

Chambers & Partners 2021

“She has an incredible legal mind but can also be devastating in cross examination. Very good for strategy and has excellent client-handling skills.”

The Legal 500 2021

“Incisive and focused on client needs. Very organised and reliable and an excellent advocate.” “An excellent strategist who offers innovative and workable approaches to complex issues.” “She did a sterling job and is clearly very experienced.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

“Instructed on NHS matters.”  “Always one step ahead, and great with clients as well as lovely to deal with and very fast turnaround.”  “Very experienced in representing healthcare professionals before their regulators. “

The Legal 500 2020

“She knows her subject inside out and has an extremely good manner with clients.”

Chambers & Partners 2019

“A first-class advocate.”

The Legal 500 2018

“She is a fearsome cross-examiner who takes no prisoners.”

The Legal 500 2017

Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 directories describe Nadia as an “exceptionally skilled advocate who acts for both employers and senior executives. She also has significant experience representing governmental institutions and NHS organisations. Clients praise her dedication to cases and note her thoroughness and detailed approach. She has extensive experience of holiday pay claims and contractual disputes”. “She has a great combination of intellect, attention to detail and persistence, with a practical and focused approach – she is a pleasure to deal with” . “Phenomenally bright and keen”, “excellent on her feet”; “very practical and a great tactician”; “delves right to the heart of a matter”, “incredibly tenacious in negotiations and on her feet”, “impresses clients with her commercial approach” and has an “excellent manner with clients”Nadia is known for her “standout litigation work” and is described as a “trusted adviser on non-contentious matters”.

Expertise

Employment & Discrimination

Professional Regulatory & Discipline

Commercial Law

HR Professional Support


Recent and current work

Relevant Work

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Key contacts

Graham Smith

Deputy Senior Clerk
Graham Smith 020 7269 0357 gsmith@oldsquare.co.uk

Lee Jennings

Junior Team Leader
Lee Jennings 0207 269 0303 jennings@oldsquare.co.uk
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