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Paras Gorasia

Call: 2005

"He has great depth of experience and knowledge combined with an approachable manner and the ability to quickly build rapport with clients."

Chambers and Partners 2024

"He is a highly skilled and technical advocate…is great with clients and gets on top of particularly complex matters."

Chambers and Partners 2024

"He has a great ability to cut through complicated scenarios and focus on the issues which really matter, and explain complex issues in simple terms.”

The Legal 500 2024


Paras is a senior junior barrister specialising in Employment, Investigations and Privacy Law. Paras has been recognised by the relevant practitioner directories as a leader in the field of Employment Law since 2012 featuring consistently since that date and has recently been recognised by Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2024 for his work undertaking Independent Investigations. Paras has over 18 years’ experience advising and representing both Claimants and Respondents before the Employment Tribunal, Civil Courts and Appellate Courts. He was formerly a Judicial Assistant to the then Master of the Rolls (now Lord Clarke) at the Court of Appeal, a member of the Attorney General’s Regional Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (2012-2018), a member of the Welsh Assembly Government’s Panel of Junior Counsel in Employment Law (2012-2021) and Approved Counsel for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (2011-2015). He is regularly instructed on strategically important, high value, complex and reputationally sensitive disputes involving leading corporates, NGO’s, senior executives and other high net worth individuals. He is particularly known for his ability as a cross-examiner, technical ability, commercial nous, responsiveness and client care. He has also built up particular expertise in group litigation before the employment tribunals concerning TUPE transfers, mass redundancy situations, equal pay and other associated issues affecting heavily unionised workforces. He is rapidly developing his Media and Data Protection/Information Law practice and spent 8 weeks seconded to the Times Newspapers Ltd (TNL)’s legal department to develop his expertise in this area.

In recent years he has been instructed to advise on and/or bring claims against Respondents such as Apple, Google, West Ham United FC, Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Marks & Spencer, News UK, CNN, BBC, London School of Economics, Telefonica, HSBC, AA, Health Education England, Home Office and Capita.

A sample of his Claimant clients have included:

Premier League Football Manager, Professional Cricketer, Professionals working in the Financial Sector (Including Investment Banks and Hedge Funds), CEO’s, CFO’s, Managing Directors, Consultant Surgeons, GPs, Teachers, University Professors, Solicitors, Mineworkers, Charity Workers, Accountants, Fashion Designer, Insurance Brokers, Journalists, Finance Managers, HR Managers, Actuaries, Police Officers, Oil Rig Workers, Sales Directors, Hairdressers, Bus Drivers, Catering Staff, Nurses, Dentists, IT Professionals, Management Consultants, Paralegals and  Office Cleaners.

A sample of his Respondent clients have included:

A member of the UAE Royal Family, Amnesty International, European Space Agency, ActionAid, BASF, RAC, RSA, Cambridge University Press, Oxford Brookes University, Direct Line Insurance, AMEC Foster Wheeler, Parker Hannifin, Saipem, Infosys, Michelin Tyres, Adidas, JD Sports, Jaeger, Edinburgh Woollen Mill, CBRE, Manchester City FC, Manchester United FC, Liverpool FC, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, Leicester Football Club, Virgin Active, AstraZenica, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Reckitt Benckiser, Smith and Nephew, UK Biocentre, Superdrug Stores, Randstad, Air France, British Airways, Balfour Beatty, Network Rail, Weetabix, UK Coal, DHL, BT, British Gas, BOC Limited, TalkTalk, BSkyB, Brewdog, Molsen Coors, Marriott Hotels, McDonalds, Fortnum and Mason, Pret a Manger, Domino’s Pizza, McCain Foods, HelloFresh, Casual Dining Group, Big Table Group, Tesco, Costco, Sainsbury’s, DSG Retail, John Lewis, Barclays Bank, Santander, Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest, Lloyds Bank, Standard Life, Co-operative Bank, General Medical Council, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Defence and Solicitors Regulation Authority.


  • Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA)
  • Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)
  • Industrial Law Society (ILS)
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)
  • Mentor for the Social Mobility Foundation
  • Employment Panel Reviewer for Advocate
  • Employment Lawyers Appeals Advice Scheme (ELAAS)


  • Attorney General’s Regional Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (2012-2018)
  • Approved Counsel for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (2011-2015)
  • Appointed by the Bar Standards Board as an External Examiner for Employment Law
  • Convenor and Lecturer on the LLM Employment Law Module at BPP Law School
  • Judicial Assistant to the Master of the Rolls at the Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
  • Associate Lecturer at the Open University
  • Visiting Tutor in Employment Law at University of Reading
  • Examiner in Land Law at Queen Mary, University of London
  • Visiting Tutor in EC Law at Hertford College, Oxford University
  • Visiting Lecturer in Land Law at Birkbeck College, London
  • Visiting Tutor in Land Law at Queen Mary, University of London
  • Visiting Tutor in Land Law at the University of Leicester
  • Visiting Tutor in Contract and Company Law at the University of Buckingham


  • Pegasus Scholarship to Hong Kong (Pegasus Scholarship Trust)
  • Major Scholarship (Inner Temple)
  • Leonard Woodley Scholarship (Inner Temple)
  • Bar European Group Phoenicia Scholarship
  • Faculty of Law Graduate Scholarship for MPhil (Oxford University)
  • Kent Law School Prize for Academic Performance
  • Kent Law School Mooting Prize


  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (First Class Honours) at University of Kent
  • Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) at Exeter College, Oxford
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Law at Exeter College, Oxford
  • Master of Laws (LLM) at King’s College London
  • Bar Vocational Course (BVC) at ICSL

Professional Recommendations

“Paras Gorasia frequently works on high-value and complex claims involving discrimination, whistle-blowing and TUPE. His clients range from large multinational corporations in the financial, retail and pharmaceutical sectors to government departments… He operates a well-respected employment law practice encompassing the full suite of tribunal claims. Among other notable instructions he has advised Azeem Rafiq in the course of the investigation into racism at Yorkshire County Cricket Club… He is well qualified to conduct and advise on independent investigations. He has been instructed by several high-profile organisations to investigate alleged misconduct and criminal misfeasance. “Paras is very knowledgeable, helpful and supportive.” “He has great depth of experience and knowledge combined with an approachable manner and the ability to quickly build rapport with clients.” and “possesses a keen eye for detail and has a way of putting a client at ease. He has a no-nonsense approach to matters.” He is“very cool, calm and collected, and technically very good…is reassuring, reliable and approachable. He is a very safe pair of hands who builds an excellent rapport with clients. Above all, he is a highly skilled and technical advocate…is great with clients and gets on top of particularly complex matters.” and “is great to work with because he is legally astute but also great with clients and very committed. He is sensible, focused and never overwhelmed by complexity. He gets to grips with difficult cases and provides fantastic support.”

Chambers and Partners 2024

“Paras is an exceptional barrister and his willingness to provide his views at an early stage is essential to helping shape the defence of a claim and it genuinely feels like he is part of the team. His client handling skills are excellent, he has a great ability to cut through complicated scenarios and focus on the issues which really matter, and explain complex issues in simple terms.” and “Paras is commercially astute, responsive and a clever advocate. Good with clients and judges.” 

The Legal 500 2024

Paras Gorasia is a “rising star” and “excellent all-rounder“, is “very personable with clients” yet still “exudes authority”. “Is an excellent barrister and is great to work with.”, “He is a fantastic barrister who is reliable and efficient; he works incredibly hard and he makes clients feel at ease”. Sources are quick to praise his “fantastic cross-examination skills”, that “He is our preferred barrister for pretty much any Employment Tribunal issue; his responsiveness and his skills with clients make him stand out” and “has a broad employment practice which covers a wide range of issues, including restrictive covenants, unfair dismissal, and commercial work with an employment flavour”, “He is always willing to go the extra mile and, although still relatively junior, his discrimination knowledge is far beyond his years”. “He is a very commercial barrister with exceptional legal knowledge” and clients “have been delighted with his detailed approach, thorough preparation and style of cross-examination”. “Paras is unwavering and details-focused, and has a highly personable demeanour”is “great with clients, practical, responsive and extremely approachable” is “a skilled advocate who has developed a far-reaching employment law practice” that “he is very good with the clients; a modern barrister with very good technical abilities” and is “very commercial and savvy“. Paras has further been described as “technically excellent, robust and a strong advocate, yet extremely approachable and easy to work with” and that he is “extremely responsive”, a “persuasive advocate”, “is a very safe pair of hands” and that “He combines his expertise with an excellent manner and responsive approach.” “Very user-friendly.”

Previous editions of Chambers and Partners

Paras is an “exceptional barrister and anexpert in all aspects of employment law” as well as a “highly talented barrister who delivers on every level” and been “recommended” noting that he “represents large companies and central government departments in disputes”, that “he instantly puts clients at ease” and is “extremely responsive, efficient and good on his feet”. He “is always on hand to help and provides pragmatic advice”, is “an extremely effective advocate”, who is “down to earth with clients and simplifies complex matters”. Paras has been described as “approachable, knowledgeable, and excellent with clients.”, “an extremely user-friendly barrister” who “has an ability to put witnesses under the necessary amount of pressure on the stand” and that he is “well liked by clients”, “very user-friendly” and “very intelligent and very good with clients”. He is “a leading practitioner who is highly knowledgeable and committed to his field. His advice and approach are concise and commercial, which are what our clients want. Above all, he is incredibly personable and I would not hesitate to recommend him to any client. Client feedback is consistently 100% positive.”. ”Paras is an excellent barrister and his responsiveness and client-care skills are second to none”. He “will always give clients a view about a case and will always go the extra mile to respond, whether late in the evening or over the weekend – a genuine employment law expert and a go-to barrister for employment law work”. Those instructing him “are full of praise for ‘the friendly barrister’ Gorasia: ‘First and foremost, Paras is an excellent team player. For instructing solicitors, the fact he always makes himself available at short notice to review a document or provide input, or just to give his view, is priceless and makes him stand out from others.’” 

Previous editions of Legal 500


Restraint of Trade, Harassment and Employment Related Litigation

Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblowing) Detriment and Dismissal

Group Litigation and Collective Labour Disputes

TUPE and Trade Union Litigation

Equal Pay, Discrimination and Equality Law

Privacy and Confidential Information

Media, Defamation and Open Justice

Data Protection and Information Law

Workplace Stress/Psychiatric Injury

Unfair and Wrongful Dismissal

Employment Related Crime

International and Offshore



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