Keith is a solicitor in Thompsons’ Solicitors Liverpool-based employment matters team, working for trade union members across the north west.
With more than 12 years’ experience, Keith specialises solely in providing employment advice and representation to trade unions and their members. Keith handles claims for unfair dismissal, trade union victimisation, TUPE claims (Transfer of Undertakings, Protection of Employment regulations), whistleblowing, protective awards, unlawful deductions of wages and issues arising in the workplace that require legal advice.
Keith has successfully gained thousands of pounds in compensation for trade union members who have been the subject of discrimination, whether on the grounds of disability, gender, gender reassignment or other types of discrimination. He also acts for members who have been sexually harassed and will pursue group actions.
Regarded as highly professional and effective, Keith guides his trade union clients through the whole employment and employment appeal tribunal legal process with care and determination.
A champion of trade union and workers’ rights, Keith finds it rewarding being able to act solely in their interests, and, regardless of the nature and value of the claim, to achieve justice. Thompsons, he says, differs from other firms in that it doesn’t deal with insurance companies, other third parties or employers, and that enables him to focus entirely on employment-related claimant work in a specialist team.
In his spare time, Keith is a keen runner and marathon runner, regularly entering half marathons, 10K and 5K runs. He’s also an avid Liverpool supporter, but enjoys watching any level of football. Spending time with his family and taking his two young children to the various activities that they do, he also finds time to go scuba diving with his wife – in warmer waters than the Mersey, though.
KEITH’S CASE EXPERIENCE
GP surgery whistle-blowers unfairly dismissed: Keith acted for 3 UNISON members who were dismissed from their jobs at a GP surgery for whistleblowing. In the case, Keith successfully argued they were unfairly dismissed and won damages totally £300,000 for his clients. (Bhatia, Booth & Asani v Shanti Medical Centre).
Sexual harassment: Keith won the case for Ms Dale in which the Tribunal awarded her £30,000, finding that the East Cheshire NHS Foundation Trust and M Crawley were “jointly and severally liable” to pay the Tribunal award after being found to have discriminated against Ms Crawley. (Dale v East Cheshire NHS Foundation Trust & M. Crawley).
NHS worker denied statutory redundancy pay: Keith successfully overturned an employment tribunal decision at appeal that a Unite member was not entitled to statutory redundancy pay on top of contractual redundancy pay, following her rejection of an offer of alternative employment. (Ugradar v Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust).
Contractual redundancy pay denied: Keith took on a national betting company in a multi-claimant contractual redundancy pay claim and succeeded in getting the company to pay the clients 100% of the sums claimed, totalling £150,000.
A Thompsons’ trade union client whose disability discrimination claim was successfully taken to the employment tribunal by Keith, said:
“Thank you so much for your help in guiding through this very stressful process of dealing with the situation. I have appreciated it very much indeed and am very grateful. As you can imagine, it has been a great relief to have got the outcome of the Tribunal.”
Keith’s client whose claim for sexual harassment and disability-related harassment, succeeded in the ET, said:
“I have been able to put so many demons to bed following the outcome of my case. I feel liberated. I cannot thank you all enough for representing me. I’m not sure I will even be able to find the right words to start expressing my gratitude”.
A Unite official, following Keith winning a union victimisation case for a Unite representative who was sacked unfairly, said:
“I wanted to email you to say thanks for all your work in this matter. I recall very well our meeting with our dismissed rep at the outset in our Salford office. You not only won this at ET but also helped Unite demonstrate throughout, to him and our members, the support that our reps will get when attached in the way he was. Our reps at times put their necks on the line in the interest of the union and our members – sometimes to the annoyance of their family members. It is only right that they get our full support and here (our member) has been completely vindicated in his actions”.