Head of Employment specialising in organisational and individual reputation management.

Rustom leads DMH Stallard’s highly regarded employment group.

With over 30 years’ experience, including substantial amounts of Employment Tribunal litigation, Rustom now concentrates on providing strategic and tactical employment law advice to clients, focusing on complex, sometimes high-profile issues. His work often involves advice to management teams or trustee boards relating to senior level restructurings and the removal of senior executives, head teachers and others often with a public profile.

Rustom’s clients include The Royal Household, as well as professional service firms, statutory bodies and national and international charities. He also acts for senior executives and LLP Members in dispute with their firms.

Rustom’s views are regularly sought in both print and video media, and he has appeared on BBC, ITV and Sky News.

Rustom qualified as a Solicitor in 1992 and was awarded a Fellowship of the University of Sussex in 2023.

Rustom was recognised by Queen Elizabeth II and again by King Charles III when appointed as a Member and subsequently a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order, for his work providing advice to The Royal Household over many years.

Rustom has served as the firm’s Chairman since 2014, during which time the firm has enjoyed a period of considerable growth and success.

Work highlights


Advising the trustee board of an international charity in respect of the removal of the founder and chief executive.


Assisting the Board of Governors of a well-known independent school with the enforced retirement of a Head Teacher.


Supporting a professional service firm in relation to various restructuring issues, disputes with LLP members, and successful representation before the Employment Tribunals in various locations around the UK.


Representing an international business in successfully defending a claim brought by the head of the UK operation.


Advising a County Council on the suspension and removal of its Chief Executive/HoPS.

Recent articles

Media spotlight

Withdrawing employment offers: how should it be done?

Rustom Tata writes an article for People Management on the risks for businesses when they decide not to proceed with a hire

Rustom Tata


Media spotlight

Whistleblowing claim against lifeboat organisation RNLI

Rustom Tata comments for the Daily Mail on the employment rights of volunteers in relation to the recent allegations from whistleblowers against the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Rustom Tata



All change? Brexit ‘bonfires’, holiday pay and TUPE

In this episode, our Employment team discuss the latest update on the retained EU law bill and the government’s proposals providing for changes to UK employment laws in respect of working time regulations, which is set to come into force on 1 January 2024.



To have and to hold: Can ex-employees retain documents for the purpose of litigation?

When an employment comes to an end, should an employee be able to keep copies of their employer's documents where there are allegations of corporate wrongdoing?