Patrick Keith

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Patrick Keith

Introduction

Patrick is a specialist in Employment and Discrimination Law, with particular experience in the public sector. He is praised for his thorough and effective cross-examination, as well as his clear, down-to-earth advice.

He is regularly instructed in the employment tribunals and EAT, as well as representing clients at professional regulatory and disciplinary hearings. He accepts instructions on a public access basis where appropriate.

Patrick is also an experienced personal injury practitioner. He primarily represents defendant insurers, and has a particular interest in RTA fraud.

Employment

“An excellent and well-prepared advocate.”
– Legal 500

Patrick is a specialist in Employment and Discrimination Law, with particular experience in cases concerning the public sector. He is praised for his thorough and effective cross-examination, especially of vulnerable witnesses in complex disability discrimination claims. He provides clear, down-to-earth advice.

Patrick represents a wide variety of clients including large employers, local authorities, national financial institutions, national public bodies and the NHS. He regularly appears in the employment tribunals and EAT, as well as representing clients at professional regulatory and disciplinary hearings.

Patrick is routinely instructed in complex discrimination cases, and provides advice and representation at all stages of litigation. He was Counsel in the high profile “ethical vegan” case of Jordie Casamitjana v League Against Cruel Sports in 2020.

Other recent experience includes:

  • Representing a London tech company in a ten-day disability discrimination trial, including three days’ careful cross-examination of the claimant who suffered from an unspecified dissociative disorder (DDNOS).
  • Representing a Mental Health NHS Trust in a claim of direct race discrimination, harassment, victimisation and whistle-blowing.
  • Representing a national bank against a senior director who claimed direct and indirect race, sex and disability discrimination as well as breach of the Part-Time Workers (Prevention of Unfavourable Treatment) Regulations 2000.
  • Representing a local authority in a case with multiple claimants claiming enhanced redundancy payments.
  • Representing a university against a former lecturer and qualified solicitor, who resigned claiming constructive unfair dismissal and harassment on the ground of sex.
  • Representing a national hardware retailer in a claim concerning Sunday working over the Christmas period.
  • Advising a care home nurse wrongly accused of assaulting a resident, who was unfairly dismissed on contrived evidence.
  • Representing a national pharmaceutical chain in reasonable adjustment claims regarding the claimant’s back condition and lengthy absences.
  • Representing a local authority in several ill-health dismissal trials.
  • Securing a Vento award at the top of the middle band against a national clothing and food retailer, after it dismissed a claimant because of his alcohol misuse and self-harm, which arose in consequence of his depression and anxiety.
  • Advising a local authority in a surprisingly complex dispute about discrimination in a housing context, where a disabled tenant’s mobility scooter was alleged to be blocking a fire exit.

Patrick is appointed to the Attorney General’s Midlands Panel of Counsel, and sits on the Employment Law Committee of Birmingham Law Society.

Personal Injury

Patrick represents claimants and defendants in cases concerning road traffic accidents, employers and occupiers. He is instructed throughout the Court process, from interim applications to trial, and provides pragmatic advice and tactical guidance at all times. He also has a busy paperwork practice, drafting pleadings and advising on liability, causation and quantum, including fatal accidents.

Fraud and Allegations of Fraud

Patrick has developed a specialism in insurance fraud, particularly in relation to fabricated and exaggerated claims. He has extensive experience in motor fraud cases, including LVI, phantom passengers, overstated injuries, exaggerated hire claims and induced accidents.

Patrick has a keen eye for detail, which he puts to excellent effect in cross-examination. He is regularly asked to proof defendant witnesses before trial and advise on credibility, as well as advising on prospects and tactics from receipt of the claim through to the final hearing.

Education

BA (Hons) 2:1, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
GDL Commendation, Nottingham Law School
BVC Very Competent, Nottingham Law School
Public Access Accredited

Appointments and Memberships

Attorney General’s Regional B Panel of Counsel
Birmingham Law Society Employment Law Committee
Employment Law Association
Employment Law Bar Association
Personal Injury Bar Association

Employment Law Association

Testimonials

"An excellent and well-prepared advocate." Legal 500 2020