Kevin transferred to the Bar in 2014, having practiced for the previous 14 years as a litigation solicitor.
His experience as a solicitor included family, employment, civil, contentious probate and banking litigation, (as well as crime and regulatory work historically). He developed contentious probate and banking as new areas of work for a leading north east Legal 500 firm.
Why Should a Solicitor Choose Me?
Kevin is well aware of solicitors’ requirements for exemplary service from their counsel; he has a reputation for putting clients at ease and advising them in a down to earth manner.
Kevin’s practice encompasses family, employment and general civil/chancery, and he undertakes work nationwide.
One of Kevin’s specialist fields is Family Law, and he is a member of the Family Law Bar Association. He undertakes the full range of work, including private and public children cases and financial remedies. He has significant experience in cases involving acrimonious contact and residence disputes and in dealing with related injunctions under the Family Law Act and the Protection from Harassment Act.
Kevin has also appeared in many lengthy care cases in both the High Court and Family Court; acting for Local Authorities, parents and Guardians.
Another specialist area is Employment Law, and he is a member of the Employment Law Bar Association. He has extensive experience in conducting complex and lengthy Tribunal trials all around the UK, and accepts instructions from Claimants and Respondents. He has also represented major trade unions.
Kevin has appeared in the full range of discrimination claims (including those against the police) as well as unfair and wrongful dismissal. He also deals with equal pay, cross-over cases of PI law (such as stress and bullying claims), breach of contract/covenants, compromise agreements and injunctive relief.
In General Civil Litigation Kevin has an expanding practice, including contentious probate, breach of contract, negligence (including road traffic), civil actions against the police, boundary disputes, landlord and tenant and injunction cases. Kevin also has experience of regulatory work (and has appeared before the Health & Care Professions Council). He regularly undertakes trials in the civil courts.
Kevin has an interest in Planning & Environmental work, particularly concerning development in Conservation Areas, Green Belt and in areas designated as AONB, SSSI/SPA/Ramsar. He holds a Masters Degree in this field and is happy to accept instructions in planning cases.
He also has an extensive paperwork practice and is committed to the prompt turnaround of papers.
Kevin is qualified to accept direct access instructions.
Re D  – Kevin successfully represented maternal grandparents at trial in opposing the plan of the local authority (assessments of mother and all other family members being negative) for adoption of the child; mother and grandparents being foreign nationals. Eventually grandparents were allowed to care for the child.
Re A  – Kevin successfully represented the father in an application for contact to children where the mother raised grave allegations to attempt to justify no contact at all. Following trial, the Court found that all allegations were false and had been made purely to prevent any contact to father. Contact to father ordered.
Employment & Civil
 Ahmed v. The Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police 2500748/2017 – Kevin represented the successful Claimant in a 10-day trial before the Employment Tribunal, in a contested claim for race discrimination. The Claimant, a former sergeant/acting inspector had resigned from the force and issued proceedings. This case received national and local press attention.
 3442.EA Allcare Community Care Services Trafford Limited v. CQC – Kevin represented the successful Respondents in a three-day appeal before the First-Tier Tribunal (Health, Education and Social Care), against the Respondent’s decision to cancel the Appellant’s registration as a provider of personal care to vulnerable people.