Sarah Keogh

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Sarah Keogh is a highly experienced barrister specialising in employment, professional discipline, personal injury and clinical negligence. She joined Chambers as a tenant in April 2016.

Sarah has an established practice representing clients in high value and complex cases in Employment Tribunals, the EAT, County Courts and the High Court.  She also appears in and provides legal advice to panels in professional regulatory proceedings, including Police Misconduct and Capability hearings, Special Case hearings and PAT appeals, and hearings in the Nursing and Midwifery Council.  She has particular specialism in advising in cases which cross over from one area of expertise to another.  She has a loyal client base which includes the British Medical Association, NHS Trusts, police forces, local authorities and large national employers.

Sarah is well known for her meticulous attention to detail and a personable yet robust and pragmatic approach. She excels in advocacy and is an accredited Advocacy Trainer for the Inner Temple.

Sarah accepts instructions in suitable cases on a direct public access basis, and undertakes pro bono work through the ELA 100 Days’ Project and the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

 

Education:

  • BA Hons 
  • Jurisprudence, Balliol College 
  • Oxford University
  • Bar Vocational Course
  • ICSL

 

Professional Memberships:

  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Personal Injury Bar Association

 

Training:

Sarah offers seminars and workshops in all areas, and conducts mock tribunals.  Recent events include:

  • ‘Employment Law Update’ – Police Law Conference
  • ‘A question of status: Employees, workers and business owners’ – Gordon Dadds – “The best lunchtime seminar we’ve had this year”
  • ‘Holiday Pay: Avoiding the pitfalls’ – Essex Legal Services – “Excellent and very relevant”
  • ‘Forging the flexible workforce: The impact of changes to the TUPE Regulations’ – Norfolk and Norwich Law Society – “Excellent presentation… Useful to have such comprehensive notes”

  • Advising the BMA in relation to whistle blowing protection for Junior Doctors and assisting with the inclusion of increased protection in the recently negotiated Junior Doctors’ Contract
  • Wallace v Ladbrokes Betting & Gaming Ltd UKEAT/0168/15/JOJ – Successfully upheld a finding that a claim had been brought out of time where an employer had offered an employee to reconsider her resignation and paid the employee until the end of the grievance procedure
  • Advising a police force in relation to its approach to potential misconduct proceedings and IPCC referral in circumstances where a number of officers had been found in the Employment Tribunal to have discriminated against or victimised a fellow officer.  The case has received national interest and has been mentioned by the Home Office Select Committee
  • Bestley v Humber NHS Foundation Trust – Acting for a consultant in his high value claim for damages for psychiatric injury sustained as a result of suspension and the manner of his dismissal, after successfully obtaining judgment for unfair dismissal in the Employment Tribunal
  • Re ex-PCs Cooper and Newbury – Instructed by Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in the Police Appeals Tribunal where dismissed officers have appealed on the basis that the use of evidence discovered during the unrelated criminal investigation of a third officer is a breach of Article 8 rights

Sarah appears regularly in Employment Tribunals and the EAT for both claimants and respondents spanning the full spectrum of employment law.  She also carries out related work in the County Court and High Court, including claims for stress at work, breach of contract and service agreements, and injunctions relating to restrictive covenants. 

She has a loyal client base which includes the British Medical Association, NHS Trusts, police forces, local authorities and large national employers. 

Recent work includes:

  • Advising the BMA in relation to whistle blowing protection for Junior Doctors and assisting with the inclusion of increased protection in the recently negotiated Junior Doctors’ Contract
  • Wallace v Ladbrokes Betting & Gaming Ltd UKEAT/0168/15/JOJ – Successfully upheld a finding that a claim had been brought out of time where an employer had offered an employee to reconsider her resignation and paid the employee until the end of the grievance procedure.
  • Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust v Laakkonen & ors UKEAT/0536/12/BA – Obtained findings of a sham consultation leading to indirect sex discrimination and unfair dismissal 2 years post TUPE transfer, and successfully upheld the decision at the EAT with a novel point on compensatory loss following reinstatement
  • Instructed by one of three Police Forces in a claim for direct and indirect sex discrimination, harassment and victimisation in relation to firearms training, listed for a 5 week hearing with preliminary issues as to national security implications and the correct employer under the training collaboration agreement.  Advised and appeared at the preliminary stages and successfully negotiated settlement
  • Murad v United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and others  - Successfully struck out claims for direct discrimination, harassment, victimisation and whistle blowing detriment against 4 individually named consultants, obtaining maximum £20,000 ET costs
  • Surecare Community Services Ltd v Multi-Care Community Services Ltd – Acted for Defendants who had set up business competing with their former employer’s franchise.  A claim was brought for breach of restrictive covenants, conspiracy with the franchisee, and unlawful use of the defendant’s materials and confidential information.  Successfully negotiated undertakings at an early stage followed by full resolution of the matter at mediation.
  • Chamberlain & ors v Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust – Successful ET finding of breach of contract and unlawful deduction of wages in the calculation of natural breaks for junior doctors.  This ground-breaking decision has led to a series of claims by junior doctors with a very high level of valuable settlements
  • Wise v Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust – Acted successfully for a consultant in his claim for 10 years of unlawful deductions from wages, giving rise to complex issued of contractual construction, the effect of mutual mistake and arguments on limitation.  Judgment was obtained for over £170,000

Sarah’s practice covers all aspects of personal injury litigation in the County Court and High Court, including employers’ liability, occupiers’ liability, road traffic litigation and claims for and against local authorities.  Sarah has a particular interest in psychiatric injury related to harassment and stress at work claims.  She is also regularly instructed in clinical negligence claims.    

Recent work includes:

  • Bestley v Humber NHS Foundation Trust – Acting for a consultant in his high value claim for damages for psychiatric injury sustained as a result of suspension and the manner of his dismissal, after successfully obtaining judgment for unfair dismissal in the Employment Tribunal
  • Advising a police force in relation to a civil claim brought in negligence and under the Protection From Harassment Act 1997 for damages for PTSD following alleged harassment in the workplace
  • Successful settlement of claims involving:
  1. A high value claim for psychiatric injury following racial harassment in the workplace which had persisted for many years and led to severe PTSD and suicide attempts
  2. A tripping accident which the local authority contended was caused by the Claimant’s pre-existing hyper-mobility syndrome
  3. An occupiers’ liability claim against a local authority where a child had suffered severe facial injuries in a playground and a dispute arose as to compensation for subsequent social withdrawal and bullying at school

She appears in and provides legal advice to panels in professional regulatory proceedings, including Police Misconduct and Capability hearings, Special Case hearings and PAT appeals. She also appears and advises in relation to proceedings in the Nursing and Midwifery Council and Health and Care Professions Council. 

Recent work includes:

  • Advising a police force in relation to its approach to potential misconduct proceedings and IPCC referral in circumstances where a number of officers had been found in the Employment Tribunal to have discriminated against or victimised a fellow officer.  The case has received national interest and has been mentioned by the Home Office Select Committee
  • Re ex-PCs Cooper and Newbury – Instructed by Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in the Police Appeals Tribunal where dismissed officers have appealed on the basis that the use of evidence discovered during the unrelated criminal investigation of a third officer is a breach of Article 8 rights
  • Re PC Goodenough – Presented for the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in complex misconduct proceedings leading to the dismissal of an officer for multiple counts of gross misconduct due to homophobic and sexist language in the workplace.  A PAT appeal is pending in this matter

Sarah has a commercial practice predominantly related to employment issues, including breach of contract and service agreements, and injunctions relating to restrictive covenants. 

Recent work includes:

  • Surecare Community Services Ltd v Multi-Care Community Services Ltd – Acted for Defendants who had set up business competing with their former employer’s franchise.  A claim was brought for breach of restrictive covenants, conspiracy with the franchisee, and unlawful use of the defendant’s materials and confidential information.  Successfully negotiated undertakings at an early stage followed by full resolution of the matter at mediation.

Sarah is regularly instructed in clinical negligence claims, and has a particular interest in issues relating to consent.  


Sarah attends inquests on behalf of insurers, families and the police.  She is able to deal sensitively with these matters while providing robust protection of her clients’ position.  

Wallace v Ladbrokes Betting & Gaming Ltd UKEAT/0168/15/JOJ – Successfully upheld a finding that a claim had been brought out of time where an employer had offered an employee to reconsider her resignation and paid the employee until the end of the grievance procedure.

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust v Laakkonen & ors UKEAT/0536/12/BA – Obtained findings of a sham consultation leading to indirect sex discrimination and unfair dismissal 2 years post TUPE transfer, and successfully upheld the decision at the EAT with a novel point on compensatory loss following reinstatement.

Re PC Goodenough – Presented for the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in complex misconduct proceedings leading to the dismissal of an officer for multiple counts of gross misconduct due to homophobic and sexist language in the workplace.

Murad v United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and others  - Successfully struck out claims for direct discrimination, harassment, victimisation and whistle blowing detriment against 4 individually named consultants, obtaining maximum £20,000 ET costs.

Chamberlain & ors v Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust – Successful ET finding of breach of contract and unlawful deduction of wages in the calculation of natural breaks for junior doctors.  This ground-breaking decision has led to a series of claims by junior doctors with a very high level of valuable settlements.

Wise v Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust – Acted successfully for a consultant in his claim for 10 years of unlawful deductions from wages, giving rise to complex issued of contractual construction, the effect of mutual mistake and arguments on limitation.  Judgment was obtained for over £170,000.

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Sarah Keogh is a highly experienced barrister specialising in employment, professional discipline, personal injury and clinical negligence. She joined Chambers as a tenant in April 2016.

Sarah has an established practice representing clients in high value and complex cases in Employment Tribunals, the EAT, County Courts and the High Court.  She also appears in and provides legal advice to panels in professional regulatory proceedings, including Police Misconduct and Capability hearings, Special Case hearings and PAT appeals, and hearings in the Nursing and Midwifery Council.  She has particular specialism in advising in cases which cross over from one area of expertise to another.  She has a loyal client base which includes the British Medical Association, NHS Trusts, police forces, local authorities and large national employers.

Sarah is well known for her meticulous attention to detail and a personable yet robust and pragmatic approach. She excels in advocacy and is an accredited Advocacy Trainer for the Inner Temple.

Sarah accepts instructions in suitable cases on a direct public access basis, and undertakes pro bono work through the ELA 100 Days’ Project and the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

 

Education:

  • BA Hons 
  • Jurisprudence, Balliol College 
  • Oxford University
  • Bar Vocational Course
  • ICSL

 

Professional Memberships:

  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Personal Injury Bar Association

 

Training:

Sarah offers seminars and workshops in all areas, and conducts mock tribunals.  Recent events include:

  • ‘Employment Law Update’ – Police Law Conference
  • ‘A question of status: Employees, workers and business owners’ – Gordon Dadds – “The best lunchtime seminar we’ve had this year”
  • ‘Holiday Pay: Avoiding the pitfalls’ – Essex Legal Services – “Excellent and very relevant”
  • ‘Forging the flexible workforce: The impact of changes to the TUPE Regulations’ – Norfolk and Norwich Law Society – “Excellent presentation… Useful to have such comprehensive notes”

  • Advising the BMA in relation to whistle blowing protection for Junior Doctors and assisting with the inclusion of increased protection in the recently negotiated Junior Doctors’ Contract
  • Wallace v Ladbrokes Betting & Gaming Ltd UKEAT/0168/15/JOJ – Successfully upheld a finding that a claim had been brought out of time where an employer had offered an employee to reconsider her resignation and paid the employee until the end of the grievance procedure
  • Advising a police force in relation to its approach to potential misconduct proceedings and IPCC referral in circumstances where a number of officers had been found in the Employment Tribunal to have discriminated against or victimised a fellow officer.  The case has received national interest and has been mentioned by the Home Office Select Committee
  • Bestley v Humber NHS Foundation Trust – Acting for a consultant in his high value claim for damages for psychiatric injury sustained as a result of suspension and the manner of his dismissal, after successfully obtaining judgment for unfair dismissal in the Employment Tribunal
  • Re ex-PCs Cooper and Newbury – Instructed by Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in the Police Appeals Tribunal where dismissed officers have appealed on the basis that the use of evidence discovered during the unrelated criminal investigation of a third officer is a breach of Article 8 rights

Sarah appears regularly in Employment Tribunals and the EAT for both claimants and respondents spanning the full spectrum of employment law.  She also carries out related work in the County Court and High Court, including claims for stress at work, breach of contract and service agreements, and injunctions relating to restrictive covenants. 

She has a loyal client base which includes the British Medical Association, NHS Trusts, police forces, local authorities and large national employers. 

Recent work includes:

  • Advising the BMA in relation to whistle blowing protection for Junior Doctors and assisting with the inclusion of increased protection in the recently negotiated Junior Doctors’ Contract
  • Wallace v Ladbrokes Betting & Gaming Ltd UKEAT/0168/15/JOJ – Successfully upheld a finding that a claim had been brought out of time where an employer had offered an employee to reconsider her resignation and paid the employee until the end of the grievance procedure.
  • Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust v Laakkonen & ors UKEAT/0536/12/BA – Obtained findings of a sham consultation leading to indirect sex discrimination and unfair dismissal 2 years post TUPE transfer, and successfully upheld the decision at the EAT with a novel point on compensatory loss following reinstatement
  • Instructed by one of three Police Forces in a claim for direct and indirect sex discrimination, harassment and victimisation in relation to firearms training, listed for a 5 week hearing with preliminary issues as to national security implications and the correct employer under the training collaboration agreement.  Advised and appeared at the preliminary stages and successfully negotiated settlement
  • Murad v United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and others  - Successfully struck out claims for direct discrimination, harassment, victimisation and whistle blowing detriment against 4 individually named consultants, obtaining maximum £20,000 ET costs
  • Surecare Community Services Ltd v Multi-Care Community Services Ltd – Acted for Defendants who had set up business competing with their former employer’s franchise.  A claim was brought for breach of restrictive covenants, conspiracy with the franchisee, and unlawful use of the defendant’s materials and confidential information.  Successfully negotiated undertakings at an early stage followed by full resolution of the matter at mediation.
  • Chamberlain & ors v Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust – Successful ET finding of breach of contract and unlawful deduction of wages in the calculation of natural breaks for junior doctors.  This ground-breaking decision has led to a series of claims by junior doctors with a very high level of valuable settlements
  • Wise v Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust – Acted successfully for a consultant in his claim for 10 years of unlawful deductions from wages, giving rise to complex issued of contractual construction, the effect of mutual mistake and arguments on limitation.  Judgment was obtained for over £170,000

Sarah’s practice covers all aspects of personal injury litigation in the County Court and High Court, including employers’ liability, occupiers’ liability, road traffic litigation and claims for and against local authorities.  Sarah has a particular interest in psychiatric injury related to harassment and stress at work claims.  She is also regularly instructed in clinical negligence claims.    

Recent work includes:

  • Bestley v Humber NHS Foundation Trust – Acting for a consultant in his high value claim for damages for psychiatric injury sustained as a result of suspension and the manner of his dismissal, after successfully obtaining judgment for unfair dismissal in the Employment Tribunal
  • Advising a police force in relation to a civil claim brought in negligence and under the Protection From Harassment Act 1997 for damages for PTSD following alleged harassment in the workplace
  • Successful settlement of claims involving:
  1. A high value claim for psychiatric injury following racial harassment in the workplace which had persisted for many years and led to severe PTSD and suicide attempts
  2. A tripping accident which the local authority contended was caused by the Claimant’s pre-existing hyper-mobility syndrome
  3. An occupiers’ liability claim against a local authority where a child had suffered severe facial injuries in a playground and a dispute arose as to compensation for subsequent social withdrawal and bullying at school

She appears in and provides legal advice to panels in professional regulatory proceedings, including Police Misconduct and Capability hearings, Special Case hearings and PAT appeals. She also appears and advises in relation to proceedings in the Nursing and Midwifery Council and Health and Care Professions Council. 

Recent work includes:

  • Advising a police force in relation to its approach to potential misconduct proceedings and IPCC referral in circumstances where a number of officers had been found in the Employment Tribunal to have discriminated against or victimised a fellow officer.  The case has received national interest and has been mentioned by the Home Office Select Committee
  • Re ex-PCs Cooper and Newbury – Instructed by Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in the Police Appeals Tribunal where dismissed officers have appealed on the basis that the use of evidence discovered during the unrelated criminal investigation of a third officer is a breach of Article 8 rights
  • Re PC Goodenough – Presented for the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in complex misconduct proceedings leading to the dismissal of an officer for multiple counts of gross misconduct due to homophobic and sexist language in the workplace.  A PAT appeal is pending in this matter

Sarah has a commercial practice predominantly related to employment issues, including breach of contract and service agreements, and injunctions relating to restrictive covenants. 

Recent work includes:

  • Surecare Community Services Ltd v Multi-Care Community Services Ltd – Acted for Defendants who had set up business competing with their former employer’s franchise.  A claim was brought for breach of restrictive covenants, conspiracy with the franchisee, and unlawful use of the defendant’s materials and confidential information.  Successfully negotiated undertakings at an early stage followed by full resolution of the matter at mediation.

Sarah is regularly instructed in clinical negligence claims, and has a particular interest in issues relating to consent.  


Sarah attends inquests on behalf of insurers, families and the police.  She is able to deal sensitively with these matters while providing robust protection of her clients’ position.  

Wallace v Ladbrokes Betting & Gaming Ltd UKEAT/0168/15/JOJ – Successfully upheld a finding that a claim had been brought out of time where an employer had offered an employee to reconsider her resignation and paid the employee until the end of the grievance procedure.

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust v Laakkonen & ors UKEAT/0536/12/BA – Obtained findings of a sham consultation leading to indirect sex discrimination and unfair dismissal 2 years post TUPE transfer, and successfully upheld the decision at the EAT with a novel point on compensatory loss following reinstatement.

Re PC Goodenough – Presented for the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in complex misconduct proceedings leading to the dismissal of an officer for multiple counts of gross misconduct due to homophobic and sexist language in the workplace.

Murad v United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and others  - Successfully struck out claims for direct discrimination, harassment, victimisation and whistle blowing detriment against 4 individually named consultants, obtaining maximum £20,000 ET costs.

Chamberlain & ors v Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust – Successful ET finding of breach of contract and unlawful deduction of wages in the calculation of natural breaks for junior doctors.  This ground-breaking decision has led to a series of claims by junior doctors with a very high level of valuable settlements.

Wise v Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust – Acted successfully for a consultant in his claim for 10 years of unlawful deductions from wages, giving rise to complex issued of contractual construction, the effect of mutual mistake and arguments on limitation.  Judgment was obtained for over £170,000.

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