She is keen to accept instructions in these areas. She joined Doughty Street after completing a 12-month pupillage at another leading set where she gained a wealth of trial experience.
During her Third Six at Doughty Street, Preetika has been instrumental in reviving the Employment Law Advice Sessions at the Legal Advice Centre (University House) in Tower Hamlets. During these sessions, she advises on the merits of claims across the full spectrum of Employment, Discrimination & Equality Law. Preetika continues to conduct advice sessions remotely following the announcement of lockdown. She regularly advises on employment issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes on The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the Government scheme for self-employed workers and in relation to the rights of ‘gig economy’ workers in the crisis. Preetika is currently instructed in several 2 to 3-day unfair dismissal cases. She has experience of Case Management Preliminary Hearings, preparing list of issues and PH agendas. She has drafted replies to requests for further information and further and better particulars in a complex race and disability discrimination claim.
During Pupillage, Preetika worked on an advice for The Equality and Human Rights Commission on the interplay between EU Regulations and the Equality Act and the impact of this on disabled person’s rights to access public transport services. She researched and drafted arguments on the impact of the European Convention of Human rights on protections against third party harassment under the Equality Act. She is also assisting her supervisor on leading cases relating to whistleblowing and ‘employment status’ following on from Supreme Court decisions in these areas.
Preetika previously worked on Discrimination, Equality and Human Rights Law issues at the Indian Supreme Court, with the former Solicitor General of India and other senior advocates.
She is particularly interested in developing expertise in the intersection between Equality Law and Media & Information law having worked on the constitutional challenge to the world’s largest biometric database (Aadhaar litigation). In the Aadhaar litigation she drafted arguments challenging the bulk collection of metadata and to subject algorithmic ‘black box’ decision making to constitutional controls against bias.
Preetika also worked on the case which decriminalised homosexuality in India (Navtej Singh Johar v Union of India), the challenge to the deportation of 40,000 Rohingya refugees from India (Mohammed Salimullah v Union of India) and a case on the tension between gender equality and minority religious rights (Goolrukh Gupta v Union of India).
Prior to coming to the Bar, Preetika worked with NGOs, Governments, the United Nations (including UN Women & the ICTY) and international organisations around the world. She was part of the Justice Verma Committee team which drafted a landmark report on gender justice following the December 2012 Delhi gang rape. The former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights described the report as: “A ground-breaking basis for action against violence against women” and “the report should serve as a beacon for other countries struggling to respect the rights of women”. Preetika is familiar with the workings of multilateral processes in the United Nations having worked in the Office of the United Nations Secretary General.