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, banking litigation, crime and regulatory work. He developed contentious probate and banking as new areas of work for a leading north east Legal 500 firm.
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 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.
Another specialist area is employment law. 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 unions.
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 also undertakes some criminal work – having conducted trials both in the Crown and Magistrates’ 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.
Kevin also has an extensive paperwork practice and is committed to the prompt turnaround of papers.
Kevin is qualified to accept direct access instructions.
Represented multiple trade union members in a ‘failure to consult’ claim under TULRCA 1992;
Represented multiple claimants in an unfair dismissal (redundancy/matrix selection) trial;
Represented two claimants in an unfair (constructive) dismissal claim in a trial lasting over two weeks, where the bundle ran to over 1500 pages;
Recovered just under £1,000,000 from a major bank for mis-selling interest rate hedging products to a client;
Defended a contractual claim flowing from a time-share arrangement, in which res judicata was raised by the claimant and successfully resisted on behalf of the client;
Successfully represented one of several nurse & GP defendants to a charge of gross negligence manslaughter of a patient;
Represented the defendant to a murder charge in which the defence of alcohol intoxication was advanced;
Successfully prosecuted a defendant charged with indecent exposure, who was convicted by a jury following the successful resistance of legal challenges to identification evidence.
2014 (Admitted as a Solicitor 2000)
LLB (Hons) University of Hull
The College of Law, York
University of Durham (M.Jur)