Nicholas Kennan

Barrister

Called 2015

Public Access Accredited

 

Background

Nicholas Kennan served as a logistics officer in the Royal Navy before becoming a solicitor in 2008. Working in contentious matters from qualification, Nicholas obtained higher rights of audience in criminal and civil proceedings in 2010. As a former solicitor, Nicholas understands that a barrister can be an integral part of the client’s legal team and the need to turnaround written work in a timely manner.

Civil


  • Commercial Law
  • Contract Disputes
  • Criminal Injuries Compensation Claims
  • Employment and Discrimination
  • Inquests
  • Intellectual Property
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Regulation

Nicholas has advised and represented clients in a broad range of civil law matters including landlord and tenant disputes, breach of contract claims and personal injury claims. With an interest in criminal injuries compensation claims, Nicholas’ most successful appeal to date resulted in an award of £¼ million.

With experience in inquests, Nicholas represented one of the families in the nationally reported Orchid View inquest in 2013 (see here).

Nicholas has experience of copyright claims and using media law as a means of protecting the reputation of clients. He has secured public apologies from broadcasters and had websites removed by consent within 48 hours of instruction.

Conditional fee agreements may be considered in appropriate cases, and where the instructing solicitor has entered or is willing to enter into a similar arrangement.

 

Employment and Discrimination

Nicholas has acted for both employees and employers in the employment tribunal in unfair and constructive dismissal claims.

Although content to represent either party in an employment tribunal claim, Nicholas has generally acted for more employers; he is able to assist HR consultants or in-house HR managers by clarifying the law in an area which is constantly changing and advising on the commercial management of tribunal claims.

Nicholas also has experience of whistleblowing and discrimination claims, interim relief applications and advising employers in equal pay claims.

 

Professional Regulation

Nicholas has advised healthcare professionals and teachers in proceedings brought by their regulatory bodies (GMC, NMC, HCPC & NCTL), and he is focussed on ensuring that the practitioner is able to continue in their chosen career.

Representing doctors is a particular interest; Nicholas has appeared in internal disciplinary hearings where doctors are contractually entitled to legal representation and before the Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service. A doctor client has described Nicholas as an advocate who has a combination of “competence, tact, humility and pragmatism with an unique eye for detail.”

Nicholas has also successfully represented a student at risk of being removed from a profession allied to medicine course at university and appealed a decision to exclude a pupil from school.