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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 focused 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.

Employment & Discrimination

Keith’s practice in employment law includes both advisory work and litigation and he appears regularly in the EAT and the High Court and Appellate Courts. His clients range from individuals to large private and public sector employers, including government departments and agencies. His expertise covers all aspects of employment law, including restrictive covenants, discrimination, TUPE and a particular niche specialisation in national security and vetting cases.


Ibrahim v HCA International Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 2007
Appeal concerning correct test for subjective / objective elements of belief required under whistleblowing provisions of Employment Rights Act 1996.

Williams v Swansea University Pension & Assurance Scheme Trustees [2018] UKSC 65, [2019] 1 WLR 93, [2019] 2 All ER 1031, [2019] ICR 230, [2019] IRLR 306, [2019] PLR 11
Successfully resisted appeal to Supreme Court in first ever appellate case on meaning of section 15 of the Equality Act 2010 in claim of disability discrimination concerning the calculation of ill health retirement benefits.

Ibrahim v HCA International Ltd [2019] IRLR 690
The EAT held that the whilstleblowing provisions of the Employment Rights Act 1996 were broad enough to include a disclosure of information that there had been a breach of tortious duties, including defamation.

Gunny v Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation and ors [2018] UKEAT/0241/17/DA
Novel appeal concerning employment status of a group of radiologists providing services to a private healthcare company. Claimant not employed within extended sense under the Equality Act 2010 since group as whole contracted to provide services but no obligation on any individual member of the group.

Swansea University Pension & Assurance Scheme Trustees v Williams [2017] EWCA Civ 1008, [2018] ICR 233, [2017] IRLR 882
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.

Asda Stores Ltd v Brierley [2016] EWCA Civ 566, [2016] ICR 945, [2016] IRLR 709
Successfully resisting appeal by employer from ET and EAT findings that ET had no power to stay equal pay proceedings and effectively compel claimants to proceed in High Court.

Sullivan-Tigue v Kent County Council (March 2016)
Acting for defendant employer resisting injunction application from suspended headteacher seeking to prevent continuance of disciplinary proceedings.

Swansea University Pension & Assurance Scheme Trustees v Williams [2015] ICR 1197, [2015] IRLR 885
Acting for employer and trustees resisting a claim of disability discrimination concerning the calculation of ill health retirement benefits.

CD v HMRC [2014] ICR D1
National Security procedures.

R (London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority) v Board of Medical Referees & Others [2012] EWHC 3828 (Admin)
Judicial review by LFEPA in relation to medical retirement under the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme.

Rahman v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis & Secretary of State for the Home Office [2012] UKEATPA/0076/09/RN, UKEAT/0125/10/RN
National Security procedures.

Deakin & Others v Kuehne & Nagel Drinks Logistics Ltd [2012] EWCA Civ 22, [2012] IRLR 513
Construction of nationwide collective agreement.

Key2Law (Surrey) LLP v De’Antiquis [2011] EWCA Civ 1567, [2012] ICR 881, [2012] IRLR 212
Regulation 8(7) of TUPE
Whether UK administration can ever fall within regulation 8(7) insolvency exception – this was the further appeal in the OTG v Barke case reported at [2011] ICR 781, [2011] IRLR 272, EAT.

Spaceright Europe Ltd v Baillavoine [2011] EWCA Civ 1565, [2012] ICR 520, [2012] IRLR 111
Meaning of ‘reason connected with the transfer’ in regulation 7(1) of TUPE and ambit of ETOR defence when dismissal by administrators to make business more attractive to potential purchasers.

Vickers v London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority [2011] EWCA Civ 494, [2011] ICR D24
Construction of fire authority collective agreement.

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

Keith Bryant QC is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

Areas of Law


“He is really knowledgeable and gives clear advice.” Pensions, Chambers and Partners 2021

“Keith is entirely reliable, dependable, pragmatic and provides strong technical advice.” Pensions, Chambers and Partners 2021

“He’s hands-on, responsive, calm and measured, with good technical knowledge.” Employment, Chambers and Partners 2021

“Good on pension-related matters, and his beautiful deep voice and softly spoken manner only serve to make his arguments even more plausible. He’s a calming influence for clients because he gives a strong impression that he knows what he’s doing and will sort out their problems.” Employment, Chambers and Partners 2021

“Very calm under pressure, really helps to get the tone and content right with the documents, and provides great strategic guidance in very sensitive claims.” Employment, Legal 500 2021

“He has a friendly, approachable manner which makes him very easy to work with. He is known to provide clear, pragmatic advice understanding the commercial approach taken by clients.” Pensions, Legal 500 2021

“Fantastically capable, formidably bright and very practical in his advice.” “His attention to detail is impeccable and you feel as though you are in very safe hands.” Employment, Chambers and Partners 2020

“Highly rated by respondents for his skill in high-value, complex matters.” Pensions, Chambers and Partners 2020

 “He provides excellent knowledge and practical advice in relation to the employment and pension law crossover area.” Pensions, Chambers and Partners 2020

“He provides very clear and concise opinions on complex areas of pensions law, delivered in tight timescales.” Pensions, Chambers and Partners 2020

“An exceptional employment law barrister, very knowledgeable about the law, eminently sensible in his advice and decision-making.” Employment, Legal 500 2020

“Exceptional legal analysis combined with an accessible and client-friendly approach.” Pensions, Legal 500 2020

“Very knowledgeable on employment law and very intelligent.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2019

“Very personable and very good with clients.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2019

“Very client-friendly and good at taking a sensible and proportionate approach.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2019

“He has exceptional legal analysis paired with a client-friendly approach.” Pensions, Legal 500 2019

“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





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