Mrs Anjum Tahirkheli made the claim for unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal in the Employment Tribunal after she was dismissed without notice in September 2012 on allegations that she had misused the firm’s money.
The case came to the Employment Tribunal earlier this year, with Employment Judge Susan Cox chairing the Employment Tribunal hearing. The Employment Tribunal heard evidence from former and current partners and employees of Khan Solicitors, as well as from Mrs Tahirkheli herself. The Employment Tribunal heard key evidence from Mr Rashid Majid, a director of the firm, that upon his reviewing bank statements of the firm in July 2012 he noted numerous large payments leaving the office account for which he could not see a ready explanation. He investigated this and found that Mrs Tahirkheli was withdrawing money from the firm and using it for personal purposes as well as for the human rights charity that she was chief executive of. The tribunal heard evidence that there were a substantial number of unauthorised transactions, including:
- The withdrawal of £20,000 from the firm’s office account
- Several payments made from the firm made to accounts abroad through a currency exchange company
- Payments of up to £2,000 made to her children
- The purchase of a Range Rover in the name of the firm for £48,000 on 1 June 2012
Mrs Tahirkheli’s explanation for the payments was that she was an employee and the wife of the senior partner, that she was authorised to transfer money, and that money was coming from her husband’s earnings.
The Employment Tribunal found that Mrs Tahirkheli had been procedurally unfairly dismissed by the firm but that it would not be “just and equitable” for her to receive any compensation for her dismissal.
Mrs Tahirkheli stated after the Judgment was released: “These allegations have brought my integrity into question. They have damaged the charity. I have not been fundraising because of this. It is sad. Justice will prevail. I want to clear my name. I am absolutely not guilty of any financial impropriety. The police have not been involved at any stage. I challenge the company to contact the police if they think I have committed serious impropriety.”
She further stated that she would be seeking to appeal the judgment.