Faizul Azman specialises in employment, education law and public law disputes. He operates from our London office.
Faizul comes to the Bar with an unconventional background for a barrister, having initially served in the British Army and, later holding a number of senior management positions in the Civil Service in the UK. He has a wealth of experience of public organisations and their working practices, which he invests into his cases.
Faizul’s previous experience includes representing the UK during negotiations in Brussels and at the United Nations, managing departmental appeals at the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights, and was a government advocate in the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal. Faizul ended his Civil Service career as an Assistant Director, leading on Northern Ireland’s EU Exit Strategy for the Home Office.
Faizul is a busy member of the Attorney General’s “Junior Junior Scheme”.
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Faizul Azman acts for both claimants and respondents and accepts instructions in all areas of employment law. His previous experiences in holding senior management positions in a variety of roles provide him with an in-depth understanding of HR and workplace matters, particularly public and quasi-public bodies like local authorities, government departments, HM Armed Forces, police and fire authorities, government agencies and universities/colleges/schools.
Faizul is a barrister regularly instructed in a number of employment matters both nationwide in the UK and internationally. His recent work includes:
- Conducting pre-action disclosure for an international organisation in response to a constructive unfair dismissal of a CEO worth US$5m;
- Unpaid holiday pay where a claimant accrued holiday pay whilst on long term sick leave having only worked for 9 weeks;
- A remedy hearing where an employer went into liquidation during proceedings, and advising the claimant on what could be claimed through the National Insurance Fund;
- Contractual claims;
- All forms of discrimination under the Equality Act 2010.
Faizul has particular interest and experience within the following areas of employment law:
- All aspects of unfair dismissal including constructive unfair dismissal
- Wrongful dismissal
- Contractual claims
- All areas of discrimination
1st May 2020
SMO v Hywel Dda University Health Board  EWHC 727 (QB)
The Court found in favour of the claimant, a consultant surgeon, to restrain the defendant from continuing a working relationships investigation into his alleged conduct, competence or behaviour, whilst carrying out disciplinary proceedings in parallel.
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Education and public law barrister Faizul Azman has acted for both parents and local authorities across a wide range of education law disputes and public law challenges. A junior barrister, Faizul accepts direct instructions to act on his own and as junior to senior junior barristers at 3PB and other chambers. In education, Faizul has dealt personally with recent School B and F Appeals whilst acting for local authorities.
During his time working with 3PB’s highly-respected Education Team, Faizul has been involved and assisted many of our counsel including John Friel on an Appeal in the SEND Tribunal and Emma Waldron with an Appeal to the Upper Tribunal. Faizul has also recently assisted 3PB’s Head of Education Law, Charlotte Hadfield, and her junior Matthew Wyard when both were dealing with a dispute before the Court of Appeal which was the first case to consider Section 37 of the Children and Families Act 2014.
Faizul has also become a valued member of the Public Law Team and is one of the counsel that 3PB have had working very closely with Ofsted; and has been instructed to work on three of their present Inquiries into child sexual abuse, namely:
- Child Sex Network (IICSA)
- Residential Schools (IICSA)
- Re: Investigation into Effective Leadership in Child Protection
Faizul Azman has a growing reputation and has attracted repeat work from every solicitor and public organisation that has instructed him during his burgeoning career at the Bar.
Faizul also has a keen interest in inquests and the coronial courts, having already been instructed to deal with early hearings, and is developing a good depth of knowledge and caseload in this area.
“… I must say that he was excellent, and the help he provided assisted greatly in a positive result. His notes were excellent and his involvement during the hearing cross checking etc. under considerable pressure was well beyond that which you would expect from his level of qualification”
Partner, Regional Solicitors (Regulatory – disciplinary proceedings)
“A great result”
Solicitor (Employment – remedies hearing)
“Thank you for your counsel yesterday, [the client] is pleased with the outcome of the hearing”
Solicitor (Employment – final hearing)
“Notwithstanding the result, my clients were very impressed with Mr Azman”
“… Overall my experience of instructing Faizul has been very positive and I did seek to instruct him again, though he was unavailable on this occasion… I look forward to instructing him again”
Solicitor, Local Authority (Education – SEN Appeal)
“I wanted to let you know what a good job Faizul did Clerking the School appeals for us. He was always on time (no mean feat given the distance he travelled), prepared and ready for action… All in all the service he provided was excellent and I would have no qualms about using Faizul again, or recommending his services”
Local Authority (Education – School Admission Appeals)
- LLB (Hons) Law Accelerated Route – 2:1
- BPTC (The University of Law, London) – Very Competent
- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Scholarship, Major Award, Middle Temple
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