Keith Bryant QC
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Keith Bryant QC’s wide experience includes advising and acting for commercial and public sector organisations, trustees, government departments and agencies, individuals and unions.
His practice is focussed on pensions law and employment law and the areas of overlap between the two. He is also increasingly involved in cases with a financial services aspect.
Keith has been recommended by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 for pensions and employment law for many years.
Keith is regularly instructed in the High Court (Chancery and Queen’s Bench Divisions, including Commercial Court and Administrative Court), the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Appellate Courts, both in England and Wales and also in Northern Ireland. He has been involved in a number of matters before the Determinations Panel of the Pensions Regulator, the Security Vetting Appeals Panel, the Pensions Ombudsman and other specialist tribunals.
Keith is able to accept instructions on a direct access basis. He also has extensive experience of mediation and arbitration proceedings, both as advocate and as mediator.
Keith writes and lectures regularly on pension, employment and other commercial topics. Keith sits as a part time employment judge.
Pensions & Trusts
Keith’s pensions practice covers both contentious and non-contentious work. He acts for and advises a wide range of clients including trustees, employers, scheme advisers and trade unions. He has also acted for representative beneficiaries in a number of recent cases in the High Court and Court of Appeal. Keith has particular expertise in statutory pension schemes and regularly advises in relation to the police, firefighters’, teachers’, NHS and local government pension schemes. He also has extensive recent experience of equalisation and rectification claims.
Rockwool Ltd v Rockwool Trustees Ltd & Another (No. 2) (September 2017)
Acting for representative beneficiary in the compromise of a further Part 8 claim as to whether Courage-type fetter on amendment power prevented severance of final salary link and/or created underpin.
Swansea University Pension & Assurance Scheme Trustees v Williams  EWCA Civ 1008
Continuing to act for, and successfully resisting appeal on behalf of, employer and trustees in claim of disability discrimination concerning the calculation of ill health retirement beneﬁts.
Dalriada Trustees Limited v Goldsmith (June 2017)
Acting for representative beneficiary in novel and complex Beddoe application concerning pension liberation case.
Rockwool Ltd v Rockwool Trustees Ltd & Another (November 2015)
Acting for representative beneﬁciary in compromise of a claim concerning attempts since the 1980s to equalise a scheme’s normal retirement ages and to close the scheme to future accrual.
Swansea University Pension & Assurance Scheme Trustees v Williams  ICR 1197,  IRLR 885,  PLR 489
Acting jointly for employer and trustees resisting a claim of disability discrimination concerning the calculation of ill health retirement beneﬁts.
United Dairy Farmers Ltd v Department of Agriculture & Rural Development  NICh 22
Acting for the administrators of the Northern Irish local government pension scheme in a case concerning funding of pension beneﬁts following the abolition of the NI Milk Marketing Board.
Archer v Travis Perkins Plc  EWHC 1362 (Ch),  PLR 311
Acting for representative beneﬁciary in a large and complex Part 8 claim concerning the equalisation of a pension scheme.
MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd v Whitaker & Others (2013) Chancery Division
Acting for the representative beneﬁciary in a claim for rectiﬁcation of pension scheme documentation.
R (London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority) v Board of Medical Referees & Others  EWHC 3828 (Admin)
Judicial review by LFEPA in relation to medical retirement under the Fireﬁghters’ Pension Scheme.
Industrial Acoustics Co Ltd v Crowhurst  EWHC 1614 (Ch),  PLR 371
Acting for the representative beneﬁciary in a claim for rectiﬁcation of pension scheme rules.
Pioneer GB Ltd v Webb & Others  EWHC 2683 (Ch),  PLR 425
Acting for the trustees in a claim for rectiﬁcation of pension scheme documentation.
Foster Wheeler v Hanley & Others  EWCA Civ 651,  ICR 374
Acting for a representative beneﬁciary in a claim relating to impact of European equal pay law on a UK pension scheme.
Marrion & Others v London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority & Others  EWCA Civ 450
Appointments & Memberships
- Association of Pension Lawyers
- Commercial Bar Association
- Employment Lawyers Association
- Employment Law Bar Association
- Financial Services Lawyers Association
- European Circuit
- Industrial Law Society
- Registered Member of the Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre
Areas of Law
- Employment & Discrimination
- Financial Services
- Law In Sport
- Pensions & Trusts
- Professional Negligence
“He is thorough, very likeable and approachable and he makes himself available at all times.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2018
“He is very client-friendly and good at taking a sensible and proportionate approach.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2018
“Very technical and presents advice in a format that clients can easily understand.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2018
“Strong in cases involving statutory and multi-employer schemes.” Pensions, Legal 500 2017
“He writes fabulous opinions and can really dissect difficult things and put them into simple language.”
Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2017
“He’s not only a good technical expert, but he presents his thoughts in a way clients can understand.”
Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2017
“His responsiveness to client queries is very impressive, as is his range and depth of knowledge.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2017
“Calm, persuasive and mindful of his audience.” Pensions, Legal 500 2016
“Very knowledgeable and approachable, he’s an excellent advocate.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2016
“He has a very confident and reassuring way of presenting his case.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2016
“He has a calm manner which plays well especially with trustee and member clients.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2016
“He is thoughtful and measured and has great experience in both pensions and employment law.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2015
“He delivers when he says he will, and manages to condense very complex issues into client-friendly language.” “He thinks outside the box and comes up with pragmatic solutions.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2015
“A good man to have on your side.” Pensions, Legal 500 2015
“He’s marked by a certain unflappability.” “Calm and considered, his pragmatism is a major strength and he’s very user-friendly.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2014
“Keith impresses us with the speed with which he is able to turn round papers, manage our expectations, and explain complex issues to the lay client in an understandable and clear way.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2014
Keith Bryant QC “explains complex issues to lay clients in an understandable and clear way.” Pensions, Legal 500 2014
“Incredibly practical and user-friendly” Keith Bryant is “calm and collected” and “effective both orally and in writing.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2013
Keith Bryant QC is “able to explain complex issues to the lay client in an understandable way.” Pensions, Legal 500 2013
“Technically excellent and very responsive,” he is considered to be a “real unsung star of the Employment Bar with a successful career ahead of him.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2012
“Maintains a strong pensions practice alongside his highly regarded employment expertise. Combining his in-depth knowledge of these two fields, he regularly advises local government, NHS employers, police forces and fire authorities in relation to their statutory schemes. He attracts particular praise for his straightforward advice, with one interviewee asserting: “He gave us a firm opinion where others may have tried to sit on the fence.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2012
Keith Bryant is “commercial and extremely pragmatic.” Employment, Legal 500 2012
Keith Bryant is “approachable and thorough.” Pension, Legal 500 2012