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Birketts LLP

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Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich, Norwich

Kevin Palmer

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Birketts LLP

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Having trained in London, Kevin joined Birketts in 1985. He 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
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).

South East: Human resources

Employment: Essex

Within: Leading individuals

Kevin Palmer - Birketts LLP

Within: Employment: Essex

The employment department of 'professional and progressive regional firm' Birketts LLP draws upon a 'broad base of disciplines in employment law' and 'always provides extremely prompt and concise advice at a reasonable cost'. The team acts for corporate clients within and beyond the Essex region which need assistance with TUPE matters, restructurings and the exit of directors and other senior staff, while also being able to act on the side of the employee. Clients tend to come from the sport, healthcare, construction, facility management, leisure, energy, food, agriculture, education, haulage and motor retail sectors. Team lead Kevin Palmer, who has 'invaluable depth of knowledge', represented a senior director in a whistle-blowing, disability discrimination and unfair dismissal claim against his former employer UBS. In another highlight, Palmer advised Statoil on the TUPE transfer of around 50 employees of a windfarm to the company. The 'approachable and very knowledgeable' legal director Clare Barlow assisted Blancco Central Services with a redundancy process in the UK, involving British and foreign nationals. Clients also recommend 'reliable and result-oriented' senior associate Beth Baird , who has a 'charming yet tough approach in negotiations and excellent knowledge of the financial services sector.'

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