Kevin Palmer


Partner

“Kevin is extremely insightful and commercial, backed with years of legal knowledge and experience as a partner and a Judge.”

Robbie Cowling, Chairman Jobserve Ltd

Experience

Having trained in London, Kevin joined Birketts in 1985. He was admitted as a Solicitor in October 1984. Kevin heads the firm's Employment Law Team in Chelmsford and has specialised in employment law for 30 years. His experience is in all areas of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious.

Kevin has handled a number of high profile employment law cases in Tribunal through to the Employment Appeal Tribunal and into the Court of Appeal. Two such cases have been reported. He was also the Judge at first instance in a landmark case which was subsequently heard in the Court of Appeal who upheld his Judgment. The case now appears in many textbooks and journals and is Copsey v WWB Devon Clays Limited [2005] ICR 296.

He has dealt with many High Court injunction cases often in the arena of restrictive covenant enforcement.

Kevin also is particularly well versed in the operation of TUPE. He has considerable recent experience in advising on TUPE in the public sector, particularly with respect to outsourcing from the public sector to the private sector and the attendant pension implications. Kevin advises several national companies on service provision change under TUPE.

He was appointed to sit as an Employment Judge in the Employment Tribunals in 2002 and continues to sit on a part-time basis on all types of cases.

Kevin has also developed a practice in the arena of sports law acting for a well-known football club and a county cricket club where he has advised on a variety of matters including match fixing issues. He has recently acted for one former England cricket captain. He has also recently represented two high profile chief cricket correspondents in significant matters against national newspapers.

Kevin is also very well known in the legal world as a very effective public speaker and trainer and is regularly a speaker at seminars, both Birketts and for ACAS as well as providing bespoke in house training for clients.

Areas of Practice:

  • Restrictive Covenants
  • TUPE 
  • High Court Employment Litigation 
  • Unfair Dismissal 
  • Wrongful Dismissal 
  • Discrimination claims including race, sex, disability, whistle-blowing, age, religious etc.
  • Equal Pay Claims
  • Speaking, lecturing and training.

Kevin is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and the Council of Employment Judges (CEJ).

Other Information

Kevin sits as a part-time Employment Judge.

Kevin is ranked by Chambers [UK 2019]. Sources say "he is excellent to work with".  Previous editions note that he is "brilliant" and "is adept at handling tribunal cases and taking them through to the High Court and Court of Appeal, and is also recognised for his strengths in TUPE matters". He is described as “an approachable figure" and a “specialist in the field".

Kevin is listed as a Leading Individual by Legal 500 [UK 2019]. Sources say he has "invaluable depth of knowledge".

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Practice Areas