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KIERAN WILSON

Kieran is already developing a busy practice which spans Littleton’s core areas of work, including employment, commercial, company, and sports law. He welcomes instructions in all of these areas.

Kieran joined Littleton in October 2017 upon successful completion of pupillage. He graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2014 with First Class Honours in Law, following which he spent a year working at the Law Commission conducting research and developing policy on property law reform.

Clients and instructing solicitors have praised Kieran’s work:
  • He has a lovely manner … which not only the client but also the judge was charmed by”.
  • “…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”.
  • “He provides an astute and accurate analysis … and a conscientious and comprehensive opinion”.
Over the course of Kieran’s pupillage, his experience has included:
  • Acting for the Claimant in a claim for constructive unfair dismissal against a large estate agency firm by a former branch manager. The claim settled out of court the evening before the three-day trial was set to begin.
  • Drafting Particulars of Claim for injunctive relief, springboard injunctive relief and damages for breach of confidence following a senior employee leaving an organisation to work for a competitor.
  • Acting for the Claimant (a teacher) in an application for interim relief in the Employment Tribunal in a claim for automatically unfair dismissal for making protected disclosures.
  • Providing research assistance for the Supreme Court case of P. v. Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, concerning judicial proceedings immunity of Police Misconduct Panels (judgment expected in Autumn 2017).

During his Bar studies, Kieran was a Bedingfield and Residential Scholar of Gray’s Inn and was graded Outstanding in the BPTC (ranking second in his year of 335 students).
 

    Employment

Kieran is building a broad practice across the full spectrum of employment law. In addition to individual claims in the Employment Tribunal, Kieran has a particular interest in claims involving trade unions and their members, and in wider professional discipline and regulatory matters.

Kieran has acted in a number of employment matters in his own right, including:
  • Acting for the Claimant in a claim for constructive unfair dismissal against a large estate agency firm by a former branch manager. The claim settled out of court the evening before the three-day trial was set to begin.
  • Acting for the Claimant (a teacher) in an application for interim relief in the Employment Tribunal in a claim for automatically unfair dismissal for making protected disclosures.
  • Drafting grounds of appeal and an application for an extension of time to appeal to the EAT in a case against a government department.
In addition, Kieran assisted in a variety of cases over the course of pupillage, including:
  • Drafting submissions and preparing cross-examination for a two-day preliminary hearing in the Employment Tribunal concerning employment status and the territorial reach of the Tribunal’s jurisdiction.
  • Drafting Particulars of Claim for injunctive relief, springboard injunctive relief and damages for breach of confidence following a senior employee leaving an organisation to work for a competitor.
  • Assisting with drafting Grounds of Complaint in a whistleblowing detriment claim by a senior employee of a bank.
  • Attending a Case and Costs Management Conference in a matter concerning alleged misuse of confidential information, and subsequently drafting the court’s order.
  • Assisting in the preparation of trials in the Employment Tribunal concerning unfair dismissal, race discrimination, and disability discrimination (including failure to make reasonable adjustments and discrimination arising from disability).
During pupillage, Kieran provided research assistance to Ed Kemp (being led by Karon Monaghan QC) for the Supreme Court case of P. v. Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, concerning judicial proceedings immunity of Police Misconduct Panels. The case was heard in May 2017 and judgment is expected in Autumn 2017.

    Employment Crossover

Kieran has experience in matters involving a cross-over between employment law and other areas of law, including:
  • Drafting a Defence for a company in a County Court claim under the Equality Act 2010 and Protection from Harassment Act 1997, alleging sexual harassment by a company employee and victimisation by the company itself.
  • Drafting a letter before claim, and subsequently advising in writing, in claims against an employer relating to entitlement to Permanent Health Insurance benefits and discrimination in the provision of those benefits (led by Sam Neaman).
  • Assisting in a dispute between a FTSE 100 company and its former Group Finance Director concerning entitlement to various share options and bonus payments. The case gave rise to questions surrounding the scope of the “Braganza implied term” and settled shortly before the trial was due to begin.
  • Drafting a Defence and Counterclaim in relation to post-retirement benefits owed to a former senior employee of a trade union.

    Commercial and Company Law

Kieran has been involved in a range of commercial and company law matters, including:
  • Drafting Particulars of Claim in claims:
    • For alleged breach of warranties under a share purchase agreement relating to private education facilities.
    • Against a local authority for breach of contract (including implied terms when exercising contractual discretions) in relation to a proposed property development scheme.
    • For contractual commission and/or restitution of a reasonable sum for management services provided to an artist in the music industry.
  • Appearing in the County Court to apply to rectify the company charges register under the Companies Act 2006.
  • Drafting written advice in a claim against a bank involving allegations of breach of contract, misrepresentation, and breach of duty in tort.
  • Drafting a skeleton argument for summary judgment/strike out of a claim for a financial reward advertised in a national newspaper.
  • Attending a mediation in a matter concerning alleged breach of an oral contract for the payment of a “finder’s fee” in the property development industry.

    Sports Law

Kieran is particularly interested in sports matters involving an employment or professional discipline element. He recently assisted in drafting written reasons for a Football Association Disciplinary Commission in relation to various aggravated misconduct offences.

    Education, Scholarships and Prizes

Education:

2016    Bar Professional Training Course: Outstanding (ranked second in a year of 335).
2014    BA (Hons) Law, University of Cambridge (Jesus College): First Class Honours.
2011    Visiting Studentship, Hamilton College (Clinton, NY).

Scholarships and Prizes
  • Runner-up, James Hunt Prize for Advocacy, Gray’s Inn, 2017.
  • Scarman Scholarship, The City Law School, 2016.
  • Bedingfield Scholarship and Residential Scholarship, Gray’s Inn, 2015.
  • Glanville Williams Prize for Part II Law, Jesus College, Cambridge, 2014.
  • Hogan Lovells Prizes for Part IA & Part IB Law, Jesus College, Cambridge, 2012 & 2013.
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