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Mike Keenan


Mike is a solicitor in the equal pay team

Equal pay

Mike is an employment solicitor based in the Manchester office.

Since qualifying as a solicitor in 1992 Mike has worked almost exclusively for claimants and trade unions both in pursuing claims for personal injury (ultimately specialising in claims related to work-place exposure to asbestos) and in respect of employment rights.

Since 2002 Mike has worked exclusively in the field of employment law and established and headed the employment department of a well-respected North West firm acting on instructions from all major trade unions throughout the UK. Before joining Leigh Day Mike headed the trade union employment relations department of a major national firm.

Mike has also undertaken regulatory work for medical professionals, principally nurses before the NMC.

Mike studied Philosophy at the University of Bristol before professional legal studies at Bristol Polytechnic (UWE) but returned to the University of Bristol for postgraduate studies in Law.  He is a former Labour Party councillor.

Mike currently works within the equal pay team at our Manchester office.

Legal expertise

Cases of note that Mike has been involved or engaged in are:

  • Edwards & Morgan –v- Encirc Ltd UKEAT/0367/14
  • Deakin & Others –v Kuehne & Nagel Drinks Logistics Ltd [2012] IRLR 513 CA
  • Consistent & Others –v- Kalwak & Others UKEAT/0535/06 and [2008] EWCA Civ 430 CA
  • Martland & Others –v- Co-operative Insurance Society Limited UKEAT/0220/07
  • Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust –v- Abbott & Others [2006] IRLR 546 CA
  • Secretary of State for Trade & Industry –v- Friction Dynamics Ltd & Others UKEAT/0428/06

Mike also has extensive experience in representing Claimants in relation to allegations of ‘blacklisting’ within the construction industry, including Nolan –v- Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (UKEAT/0109/11) and Beaver Management Services Ltd –v- Acheson (UKEAT/0268/11). This also included successfully representing a protestor against whom an injunction was sought to prevent his protest outside his former place of work

In Davis & Others –v- Friction Dynamics (Liverpool Employment Tribunal) Mike acted for employees dismissed while taking industrial action (in one of the longest running industrial disputes in British history) which resulted in a significant amendment to s238(A) TULR(C)A 1992 to extend the ‘protected period’ during which employees could not be dismissed ‘fairly’ for taking protected industrial action. The dispute and its aftermath was also the subject of a book, ‘Ar y Lein’ (On the Line) Trystan Pritchard and Ian Edwards (Gwasg Dwyfor) and a play of the same name.

Mike likes Opera, Italy and the sound of waves on a pebbled shore.