Key people at Simpson Millar LLP
We believe our strength comes from our people, the team
that makes Simpson Millar LLP what it is now and
what it will become in the future.
Simpson Millar LLP consists of 30 partners, 10 Associates, 2 Consultants, and
128 fee earners along with 121 support staff. Managing
Partner, Peter Watson, is responsible for the day-to-day running of
the firm and is supported by the Management Committee
and Equity Partners of the business.
Asha Wije - Partner
Employment Law, particularly disability discrimination, religion or belief discrimination and race discrimination. Asha is also a qualified mediator.
Asha qualified as a solicitor in 1999. Before joining Simpson Millar as a Partner in 2010, Asha worked for the GMB trade union and before that she was a Partner in another national trade union law firm.
Asha has specialised in employment law for over 12 years. She acts in all Employment Tribunal related matters and is particularly known for her work in discrimination law, especially sex discrimination, race discrimination, religious discrimination and disability discrimination and achieved one of the highest recorded awards in a claim for disability discrimination in the sum of £550,499. She has successfully brought cases for disabled employees suffering with various conditions including diabetes, brain damage, epilepsy, learning difficulties and depression. She has wide experience of multi-party cases and has acted in many reported cases including:
Bailey v The Automobile Association Ltd – One of the first successful cases of discrimination arising from disability under the Equality Act 2010
Hutchins v Permacell Finesse Limited - EAT ruling that the presumption of a 90 day protective award in collective redundancy consultation cases applies in the same way when the minimum period of consultation is 30 days rather than 90 days
Hegarty v The Edge (Soho) Ltd –Heterosexual female employee dismissed from gay bar and replaced with gay male employee successfully brought claims of sexual orientation discrimination and sex discrimination
Lyons v Mitie Security Ltd – Issue that employers must not operate notice requirements for requesting annual leave in an unreasonable, arbitrary or capricious way so as to effectively deny requests for leave
Airbus v Webb – Court of Appeal ruling on whether expired disciplinary warnings can be taken into account
Heath v Metropolitan Police Commissioner – issue in relation to judicial immunity in internal proceedings
Asha is a member of the GMB and the Industrial Law Society.
Asha spends a lot of time visiting the sick and lonely and has done a lot of work with the homeless and various women’s organisations. She enjoys reading, walking, cooking and spending time with friends and family.
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