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Keira is a specialist in employment and discrimination law with a busy advocacy and advisory practice.
Keira appears regularly in the employment tribunal and the employment appeal tribunal and has represented clients in employment-related county court and high court claims. She acts for a wide range of clients, including local authorities, NHS trusts, small businesses, police forces, banks, airlines, unions and individual claimants. She is experienced in all aspects of discrimination law, and is currently instructed as Junior Counsel (led by Andrew Short QC) on behalf of thousands of shop workers bringing claims against ASDA in the most complex and financially significant equal pay claim ever pursued in the private sector.
Keira’s extensive experience in discrimination cases extends beyond an employment context; she has acted in Equality Act claims in the education, financial services, housing and retail sectors. She also has experience in regulatory and public law, particularly with matters relating to discrimination.
Keira has represented clients in cases involving matters of national security.
Keira is co author of the Law Society’s Employment Law Handbook (5th and 6th edition).
Asda Stores Ltd v Briefly & Ors UKEAT/0011/17/DM
Led by Andrew Short QC in this appeal, successfully arguing that the claimants were entitled to compare themselves with their chosen comparators for the purposes of their equal pay claims under both domestic and EU law. The appellant has been given permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal.
Nicol v The Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police UKEAT/0002/17/RN
Successfully resisted the claimant’s appeal, which concerned the correct application of the burden of proof in cases of direct discrimination and harassment on the grounds of race.
ASDA Stores Ltd v Brierley & Ors  EWCA Civ 566
Led by Keith Bryant QC, Keira appeared in this Court of Appeal case on behalf of the claimants, successfully resisting the appellant’s argument that the employment tribunal should impose a stay on the claimants’ equal value claims so as in effect to compel them to pursue High Court proceedings.
Edmundson Electrical Ltd v Pownall UKEAT/0268/15/DA
Successfully persuaded the EAT to uphold a finding that it was not reasonably practicable for the claimant to have presented his claim in time.
Jeakins Weir Ltd v Wenban & Ors UKEAT/0164/14/RN
Successfully represented numerous claimants in respect of a TUPE transfer claim before the EAT.
Holden v Plastering Contractors Stanmore Ltd UKEAT/0074/14/LA
Successfully persuaded the EAT to uphold a finding of worker status in this case.
Geere v Worcester Citizens Advice Bureau & Ors UKEAT/0114/13/RN
Appeared for the respondent in this case, which concerned the strike‑out of a claim on the grounds that it was conducted in a way that was unreasonable, scandalous, and vexatious.
Esparon & Anor v Roucou UKEAT/0156/12/RN
Successfully appealed against an employment judge’s refusal to review a default judgment of over £220,000 in compensation.
London Borough of Islington v Bannon & Anor UKEAT/0221/12/KN
Successfully persuaded the EAT to uphold a finding of a TUPE service provision change.
Woodcock v Cumbria Primary Care Trust  EWCA Civ 330
Appeared as Junior Counsel in this case, in which complex issues of age discrimination and justification on the grounds of cost were successfully argued before the Court of Appeal on behalf of an NHS trust.
Before joining Outer Temple Chambers, Keira developed a strong background in public law and human rights. She worked on habeas corpus appeals for the Arizona Capital Representation Project and assisted the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative in Accra, Ghana with a number of police accountability and gender crime cases.
Keira previously acted as Support Counsel to the Al-Sweady Public Inquiry. Her role included analysis of restriction order applications by the Ministry of Defence and review of military witness evidence. Keira has recent advocacy experience in the First Tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal and Administrative Court. She also has a growing education practice and is a volunteer tribunal representative for IPSEA.
Keira is vetted to SC level.
Appointments & Memberships
- Employment Lawyers Association
- Financial Services Lawyers Association
- Independent Parental Special Education Advice
Areas of Law
- Disciplinary & Regulatory
- Employment & Discrimination
- Financial Services
- Health, Safety & Environment
- Public Law
“She is a safe pair of hands, who obtains good results for her clients.” Employment, Legal 500 2017
“Always on top of the case in terms of the facts and the law.” Employment, Legal 500 2016