Shahin has dual practice status, which means she combines her chambers practice with her public sector in-house roles through LGSS Law Ltd, as Monitoring Officer for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Authority and as Head of Legal at South Kesteven District Council.
Areas of Practice
Public Law: All aspects of public law, including judicial review, education and employment law.
Shahin represents schools and local authorities , including cases before the SEND Tribunal, and advising on school admissions, terms and conditions of employment and teaching performance standards.
Shahin also has a growing judicial review practice.
Employment Law: Shahin deals with contentious employment cases of all types, including whistleblowing, discrimination and unfair dismissal; non-contentious advice regarding TUPE, employment & service contracts, restrictive covenants, and on HR policies and practices.
Shahin welcomes instructions direct from all tiers of local government, from County Councils, to district, borough, parish & town councils and schools and academies. Shahin’s experiences as an in-house lawyer and strategic adviser make her particularly well qualified to address issues in cases involving claims by or against public bodies, as well as advising in cases with a public sector element. Shahin understands the pathology of the public sector and how it works.
What others say
"Recommended for a range of employment matters": Legal 500 2019
"Recommended for contentious employment cases, including whistleblowing": Legal 500 2017
“The case was a challenging and complex one, involving a teacher who was also the Trade Union representative for the region. Shahin’s sound advice was exceptional and reassuring”
J Herriman, Head, The Duston School
"Shahin’s calm, dignified manner, intelligent thinking and sharp, decisive action helped resolve difficult issues. Her advice and guidance was always timely, immaculate and sensible.’
Mel Collins, Assistant Director of Children’s Services, Peterborough City Council
Shahin is an experienced employment lawyer. Shahin joined Fenners Chambers in 2012, following a number of high profile roles in the public sector, including Chief Executive of Humberside Police Authority and the Head of Legal Services at Peterborough. Shahin’s experiences as an in house lawyer and strategic adviser are particularly sought after by senior public sector clients as well as the business sector.
Areas of practice
Contentious employment cases: including unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal, breach of contract claims, discrimination and whistleblowing.
Non-contentious advice: all aspects of TUPE; drafting employment contracts and service contracts, advice on restrictive covenants, advising on mergers and acquisitions, drafting settlement agreements and advising on HR policies and staff handbooks.
Shahin welcomes instructions direct from small and medium businesses, HR providers, trade unions, schools and academies and local authorities. Her approach is very practical and hands on.
Shahin’s direct access work is popular with business clients, and she has recently advised a City finance and stockbroking company on a major restructure process, which included redundancies, varying terms and conditions of employment to incentivise performance and devising consultancy terms.
What others say
“The case was a challenging and complex one, involving a teacher who was also the Trade Union representative for the region. Shahin’s sound advice was exceptional and reassuring": J Herriman, Head, The Duston School
Shahin’s calm, dignified manner, intelligent thinking and sharp, decisive action helped resolve difficult issues. Her advice and guidance was always timely, immaculate and sensible.": Mel Collins, Assistant Director of Children’s Services, Peterborough City Council.
Smart v Waterbeach Parish Council, UKEAT/0296/13/BA : appeal on the adequacy of reasons in an unfair and wrongful dismissal claim
Shahin has 15 years’ experience as an in-house lawyer in the public sector. Shahin joined Fenners Chambers in 2012, following a number of high profile roles in the public sector.
Shahin understands the political and financial landscape inside the public sector, and works closely with a range of public sector clients, on an in house basis via LGSS Law Ltd, a law firm owned wholly by the public sector. Shahin is the obvious choice for those who provide and those who receive public services.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Education: representing local authorities and parents in the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Tribunal; advising schools, academies and academy sponsors on school admissions, admission appeals, teachers’ terms and conditions of employment, teachers’ performance and all aspects of employment law affecting teachers and support staff.
Governance: advising on constitutional and vires issues; investigating Code of Conduct complaints against councillors and senior officers; dealing with senior executive departures and settlement agreements.
Shahin welcomes instructions direct from all tiers of local government, from County Councils, to district, borough, parish and town councils.