- Employers Liability
- Personal Injury
- Local Government
- Administrative Law
- Human Rights
- Professional Discipline & Disciplinary Tribunals/Hearings
Areas of Practice
Tim Kenwards main area of practice is employment law, but other areas of work are undertaken, including civil litigation (particularly employers liability and public liability personal injury claims) and local government work.
Recent Appeal Cases
- Kelly v Royal Mail Group Limited  UKEAT/0262/18/RN Representing Appellant in Employment Appeal Tribunal before President of EAT, Choudry J, in appealing decision of Leeds Employment Tribunal as to unfair dismissal and disability discrimination Claims regarding effect of employer’s absence management procedue.
- Succession Group Limited v Beckwith  UKEAT/0238/17/JOJ, EAT Case taken over from James Laddie QC representing financial advisor complaining of unfair dismissal having raised regulatory issues. Appeal before Slade J concerned whether conduct of hearing by Employment Judge was in breach of natural justice.
- Corstorphine v Liverpool City Council  EWCA Civ 270,  1 WLR 2421, CA Representing Liverpool City Council in successfully defending 5 day multi track Claim arising out of serious head injuries sustained by child in alleged accident on pendulum swing with supplier of swing and German manufacturer joined as third parties on the basis of product liability. Appeal concerned effect of qualified one-way costs shifting provisions.
- Dutton v Woodslee Primary School Governing Body and Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council  UKEAT/0305/15/BA Representing Respondent in Employment Appeal Tribunal defending appeal where Tribunal had dismissed Claim of indirect sex discrimination arising out of a rejected request by a teacher to work reduced hours after her maternity leave.
- Belaifa v Liverpool City Council  UKEATPA/0154/15/BA Defending disability discrimination proceedings brought by Tutor arising out of a recruitment and selection process. The Claims were dismissed after a 3 day hearing. The Claimant then appealed to the EAT on the basis of there being supposedly new e-mail evidence which he claimed showed that the Respondents witnesses had been untruthful in the evidence given. The Claimants appeal was dismissed by Laing J. The Claimant was subsequently dismissed from his existing position with the Council on the basis that the Claimant had fabricated the supposedly new evidence. He brought further proceedings complaining of unfair dismissal and victimisation (for having brought the earlier Proceedings) which were dismissed after a 4 day hearing.
- Horlorku v Liverpool City Council  UKEAT/0020/15/DA,EAT Successfully defending appeal by Community Cohesion Support Officer who unsuccessfully alleged racial discrimination as a result of the deletion of his post when the Council decided it needed to appoint officers to deal specifically with the Eastern European communities in Liverpool.
- Eyitene v Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council  EWCA Civ 1243, CA 13 day hearing successfully defending race discrimination proceedings brought by a Solicitor. The Claimant appealed to the EAT alleging bias on the part of the Tribunal Judge and Lay Members. Whilst the allegations of bias were rejected by the EAT, the Claimant was given permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal on the basis that the Lay Members had not seen the Judgment before it was issued. However, the Claimants further appeal was rejected by the Court of Appeal which gave guidance as to the extent to which written reasons needed to be agreed with Lay Members before being sent to the parties.
- Eastlands Homes Partnership Limited v Cunningham  UKEAT/0272/13/MC, EAT Representing caretaker dismissed for gross misconduct on the basis of allegedly failing to declare having received a personal benefit from a tenant. The EAT appeal concerned whether the Tribunal had adequately explained the basis upon which it concluded that it was unreasonable for the employer to have characterised the conduct as gross misconduct.
- Heron v Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council  Eq LR 130, EAT Defending age discrimination complaint where the EAT considered the issue of whether the Local Authority had been required by a statutory enactment to treat a female employee aged over 60 years of age less favourably than younger colleagues in the calculation of a contractual redundancy payment set by reference to a statutory scheme.
- Chuma v Cheshire West and Chester Council  UK/EAT/0405/13/SM, EAT Representing Local Authority in successfully defending appeal against decision by Employment Tribunal not to extend the time limit for the Claimants complaint of racist discrimination.
- Governing Body of X School v G  UKSC 30;  3 W.L.R. 237; Instructed on behalf of Governing Body in defending judicial review proceedings brought by teacher seeking to set aside dismissal decision on the basis of not having been allowed legal representation at a disciplinary hearing, with it being argued that this was a breach of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights where the outcome of the disciplinary proceedings was that the teacher was likely to be barred from practising profession as a teacher. The decision to dismiss was quashed by the High Court with the Governing Bodys appeal being dismissed by the Court of Appeal (3-0). However, the Supreme Court allowed the appeal of the School Governing Body by a 4-1 majority.
- Chondol v Liverpool City Council  All ER (D) 155 (Feb), , UKEAT/0298/08. EAT Appeared for Local Authority before Employment Tribunal following dismissal of social worker for having promoted Christianity. By a majority decision of the Lay Members (with the Employment Judge dissenting) the social workers complaints of unfair dismissal and religious discrimination were dismissed. The social worker appealed to the EAT which upheld the decision of the Lay Members on the basis that the employer had been entitled to dismiss the social worker for proselytising as there was a distinction to be drawn between the employees religious belief and his inappropriate promotion of that belief. (See article on the case in the New Law Journal for 1 May 2009: Losing your religion: is promoting faith in the workplace a no-go area?)
Other Recent Notable Cases
- Riley v Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council (2019) Successfully defending constructive dismissal Claim brought by Cook in Charge at St Oswald’s Primary School following her relocation to a different School at the end of her sickness absence when the Head Teacher of the School indicated that her preference was to retain the Cook who had been covering for the Claimant.
- Irina Biktasheva v University of Liverpool (2018) Representing University in defending equal pay Claim brought by a Lecturer seeking to compare herself with Senior Lecturers. The Tribunal subsequently struck out the proceedings in relation to three of the four comparators who had been cited and made an Order that the Claimant pay a deposit as a condition of continuing proceedings comparing herself to a fourth comparator. The Claimant has subsequently appealed to the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
- Akelaite & 62 others v Russell Hume Limited (in administration) & Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (2018) Successfully obtained maximum protective awards for 63 employees dismissed without consultation.
- Forsyth v Dr Hegde And Dr Judes Practice (2018) 5 day hearing successfully defending Claim brought by Practice Manager against GP Practice where Claimant resigned and claimed constructive dismissal.
- Heywood v Otter Controls Limited (2018) Successfully representing Global Tooling Manager alleging victimisation due to whistleblowing in 7 day Employment Tribunal hearing against Respondent represented by Sean Jones QC.
- Margaret Taylor v Crosby High School (2018) Instructed by Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council in successfully defending Claim brought by School Administration Officer where Claimant resigned and claimed constructive dismissal on the basis of teh School having failed to deal with her grievance about an increase in workload following staffing reductions.
- Dalton v Volair Limited (2018) Instructed by Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council in successfully defending unfair dismissal complaint brought by Manager at Leisure Centre following dismissal for failure to comply with financial controls.
- Barber v Liverpool City Council (2017) Representing Local Authority in 2 day multi track trial in successfully defending tripping Claim brought by taxi driver resulting in costs order and finding of fundamental dishonesty on the basis that the taxi driver had been claiming loss of earnings in respect of a period when he was disqualified from driving.
- Evans v St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council (2017) Defending disability discrimination claim and whistleblowing victimisation claim brought by Council employee who had been required to give evidence in the Family Court and had contacted the other side in the proceedings to complain that he had been advised to change his Statement of Evidence. After he was disciplined for his actions he resigned claiming constructive dismissal. All claims were dismissed after a 14 day hearing.
- Wilkie v Chief Constable of Merseyside Police and Liverpool City Council (2017) 5 day multi track hearing representing Council in defending Claim for false imprisonment brought by Claimant following arrest as a result of information provided by a CCTV control room monitoring officer, to the Police, which resulted in the arrest of the Claimant. Claim dismissed on the basis that an informer is not liable for false imprisonment, even where the information provided is incorrect, where a Police Officer uses his or her own discretion to arrest a suspect.
- Iwediebu v Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority (2016) Representing Fire Authority in defending race discrimination and constructive dismissal complaint by Application Development Manager who claimed that a complaint to the effect that he had behaved aggressively was based upon sterotypical views about black men. The Claimant subsquently appealed unsuccessfully to the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
- Wilkinson v Airedale NHS Foundation Trust (2016) 4 day hearing representing NHS administrator who succeeded with unfair dismissal and disability discrimination complaints where she was dismissed by the Trust for having accessed her estranged husbands medical records in circumstances where the Tribunal accepted that she was suffering from depression as a result of domestic abuse.