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Kieran Wilson

Kieran Wilson

Call: 2016

Barrister

"Kieran is excellent in the way he drills into the key issues calmly and effectively."

Chambers & Partners 2023

“Kieran comes across as so much more experienced than he is, and knocks spots off people double his period of call - super-client friendly, really responsive, very clever, and amazing on his feet in the ET. His style of advocacy is really impressive, as he is polite, professional and extremely thorough. He knows when to speak up, and when to remain quiet - an absolute go-to.”

Legal 500 2023

"Kieran strikes the right balance between being detail-oriented and able to see the big picture of a matter. Kieran is also very articulate, and able to communicate complex legal points in a clear and logical way - exceptional on his feet."

Legal 500 2022

Kieran Wilson

"Kieran is excellent in the way he drills into the key issues calmly and effectively."

Chambers & Partners 2023

“Kieran comes across as so much more experienced than he is, and knocks spots off people double his period of call - super-client friendly, really responsive, very clever, and amazing on his feet in the ET. His style of advocacy is really impressive, as he is polite, professional and extremely thorough. He knows when to speak up, and when to remain quiet - an absolute go-to.”

Legal 500 2023

"Kieran strikes the right balance between being detail-oriented and able to see the big picture of a matter. Kieran is also very articulate, and able to communicate complex legal points in a clear and logical way - exceptional on his feet."

Legal 500 2022

Contact

Kieran is an employment and equality law specialist, recognised as an “up and coming” practitioner in Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2023 and a “rising star” in Legal 500 2023. He practises across the full range of employment law matters, in both the statutory and business protection spheres, acting for clients across a wide range of sectors. He has particular experience in complex discrimination cases and other multi-day Tribunal matters engaging technical points of law.

Kieran’s recent work includes:

  • Marangakis v. Iceland Foods Limited [2022] EAT 161 – acted for the successful employer in an appeal concerning “vanishing dismissals” following a successful internal appeal.
  • Quraishi v. Waterstones Booksellers Limited – successfully defended claims of race and religious discrimination dating back five years and a claim of victimisation relating to the Claimant’s dismissal.
  • Lycatel Services Limited v. Schneider [2023] EAT 81 – represented the Claimant (led by Daniel Tatton Brown KC) in an appeal against the Employment Tribunal’s refusal to stay the Claimant’s claim for a bonus of c. £8 million in favour of High Court proceedings for negative declaratory relief issued by the employer. Kieran continues to act in the ongoing High Court proceedings.
  • Instructed by a hospitality-sector client in a claim of gender reassignment discrimination and victimisation in a dispute concerning gendered uniforms.
  • Saiyid v. Oxford University Press representing Oxford University Press at a preliminary hearing concerning territorial jurisdiction in a claim brought by the former head of its operations in Pakistan.
  • Acting for the Claimant, a former senior executive in the finance sector, in a claim for unfair dismissal and age discrimination surrounding a redundancy process.

Kieran is praised for his black-letter legal ability, but also his ‘big picture’ approach and understanding of the important commercial factors at play in any particular dispute. He is commended as being “exceptional on his feet” and “an absolute delight to work with … extremely client friendly, down to earth and approachable”.

Further client comments on Kieran’s work include:

  • “He had a lovely manner with the tribunal, read them well and showed an ability far beyond his number of years call might suggest”.
  • “…incredibly thorough, very smart and extremely responsive to me as an instructing solicitor”.
  • “He is tactful and patient with sensitive lay clients and inspires confidence with professional clients”.

Kieran has completed secondments in the employment departments of two top-tier law firms and is therefore alive to the pressures that solicitors face in their day-to-day work. During these secondments, Kieran gained particular experience in working with financial services clients, clients in the education sector (including cases involving safeguarding issues), partners and partnerships, and senior executives.

Having grown up in Edinburgh, Kieran actively welcomes instructions to appear in the Employment Tribunals in Scotland as well as in England and Wales. He has experience at both preliminary hearing and full merits hearing stages in proceedings in Scotland.

Kieran read Law at the University of Cambridge, graduating in 2014 with First Class Honours. Prior to coming to the Bar, he spent a year working at the Law Commission conducting research into property law reform. He is co-author of a chapter of Bloomsbury Professional’s Termination of Employment, focusing on protection of business interests on termination of employment.

Statutory Employment Law

Business Protection / Commercial Employment

Civil Discrimination Matters

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