Employment Law

Sheila has a number of high profile wins, including the widely publicised Macken v BNP Paribas, which was one of the highest employment tribunal payouts of all time and remains the only case in the top 10 awards of all time to have been conducted by a public access barrister.

Macken was a historic victory in that it was the first (and only) case in the UK where the tribunal have awarded an equal pay audit against an employer and is one of the highest ACAS uplifts and injury to feelings awards in the UK for a discrimination case to date. The win was termed by the Guardian as a “rare win” in the equal pay field and prompted the start of the #metoopay movement.

Sheila Aly is a employment law specialist. Having completed her training at Littleton Chambers, one of the leading Employment Law Chambers in the UK, she has gone onto work with numerous satisfied Claimants and Respondents over her 20+year career. 

Sheila regularly assists her clients from the outset of the Tribunals process, from drafting initial claims to representing her clients at Tribunal. She is able to deal with all aspects of contentious and non contentious employment law, including Unfair Dismissal, Discrimination, Equal Pay, Wrongful Dismissal, advising on compromise agreements and drafting contracts. She undertakes direct access instructions in most of her cases and has gone onto win against highly resourced legal teams in that capacity. Her clients have regularly praised her for her down to earth, sensitive, yet practical approach to their needs. She works very closely with her clients in order to ensure that they achieve the best possible outcome for their particular claim. Although Sheila works with a lot of corporate claimants, she has successfully represented Claimants and Respondents from all walks of life.

Although the vast majority of her cases do not feature in the press and of course client confidentiality is paramount, Sheila has nevertheless been involved in a number of other high profile cases, some of which have been featured across every major newspaper, Channel 4 and the BBC. Some of her most publicised cases include Dehais v BNP Paribas, Mulumba v Partners Group, Ramos v Post Office, Edebi v Canary Wharf Management, Ms. A v Lord Ranger & others and she has had involvement in  Walker v Co-op and Rajput v Commerzbank.

She is also featured in “Its Raining Women” a feature length documentary about Equal Pay and the glass ceiling which has been screening across Europe is featured at the One World Human Rights Festival in Prague.


Sheila not only won my case, she saved my life. My professional career was in jeopardy because of the carelessness of my previous employer. She was brilliant during the trial, she proved the unfair dismissal, she gave me back my dignity.

X. Dehais, Ex-BNP Paribas Employee

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