Kerenza's particular areas of expertise are Employment, Professional Discipline & Regulatory and Sports law. She is regularly instructed as sole counsel on multi-day hearings in the Employment Tribunal and before professional discipline panels, including sport and anti-doping tribunals. Kerenza has wide-ranging experience in employee competition law, acting for both employers and employees on restrictive covenants, garden leave, misuse of confidential information and team moves cases. She has also successfully represented clients in mediations and arbitrations. 

Kerenza's expertise extends across all chambers’ practice areas including public and regulatory law, human rights and civil liberties, general commercial law, civil fraud and media and entertainment. Kerenza continues work in all these areas as well as making use of this experience in her employment and professional discipline practice when overlap issues arise (e.g. fraud against employers, injunctive relief, judicial review of professional bodies). 

Kerenza is recognised as a leading junior for employment law in the latest edition of the leading independent legal directory, Chambers UK 2020. 

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Employment

Kerenza is regularly instructed to act as sole counsel in lengthy Employment Tribunal hearings, usually reserved for senior juniors or QCs. She recently acted as sole counsel in a high value 15 day equal pay claim and appeared as sole counsel in a 7 day unfair and wrongful dismissal claim. Kerenza is instructed to act in several multi-day hearing listed for the next 18 months. 

Kerenza routinely works on cases involving unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, redundancy, whistleblowing, TUPE, holiday pay and the Working Time Regulations. She also has extensive experience acting for both employers and employees in employee competition and discrimination cases (see separate sections below).  

Kerenza has particular expertise in the technology sector (clients have included HP Enterprise Services, Virgin and IBM) and the education sector (clients have included primary and secondary school teachers, primary, secondary and Higher Education institutions). 

Kerenza is recognised as a leading junior for employment law in the latest edition of the leading independent legal directory, Chambers UK 2020. 

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Employee Competition

Kerenza has wide-ranging experience in employee competition law, advising both employers and employees on restrictive covenants, garden leave, misuse of confidential information and team moves. She has acted for employers and employees in speedy trials, and acted in employment disputes in the High Court more generally involving employee poaching, garden leave and restrictive covenants. She regularly contributes to chambers' employee competition bulletin and speaks at the annual employee competition seminar. 

Kerenza is recognised as a leading junior for employment law in the latest edition of the leading independent legal directory, Chambers UK 2020. 

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Discrimination

Kerenza has extensive experience advising and acting for both Claimants and Respondents in discrimination claims, including those involving sex discrimination, pregnancy and maternity discrimination, discrimination on the grounds of age, sexuality, race, religion and disability, equal pay claims and claims for victimisation. 

Kerenza has also acted in cases involving claims of discrimination against service providers. 

Kerenza was appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission's Panel of Counsel for 2020-2023.

Kerenza is recognised as a leading junior for employment law in the latest edition of the leading independent legal directory, Chambers UK 2020. 

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Professional Discipline

Kerenza has experience representing both professional regulatory bodies and individuals facings charges of misconduct/breach of their professions rules in a range of fields including medicine, higher education, accountancy, law, civil engineering and sport. She has also advised clients in non-contentious contexts about the best approach to employ in respect of professional discipline procedures.

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Sport

Kerenza is a highly experienced sports lawyer, having worked on cases before a variety of tribunals and panels in this field. She has worked for various Premier League football clubs, the Lawn Tennis Association, a team in the English Ice Hockey Premier League, the British Board of Boxing Control and individuals facing disciplinary charges. She has also represented UKAD in prosecuting anti-doping rule violation charges. 

Cases Kerenza has been instructed on in this area have covered issues both on and off the field of play, including sponsorship and other commercial disputes, professional conduct matters, employment and discrimination issues and anti-doping rules. 

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Civil Fraud, Asset Recovery & Injunctive Relief

Kerenza has worked on a number of high value cases involving civil fraud, including in the context of tax. She has experience of seeking and resisting applications for injunctive relief, including freezing injunctions, Norwich Pharmacal orders, Bankers Trust orders, interim and perceptual injunctions and claims involving conspiracy, dishonest assistance, knowing assistance, breach of trust, procuring breach of contract, unjust enrichment and deceit.  

Kerenza has also worked on cases and provided advice to clients seeking injunctive relief in more unusual circumstances, including assisting a F1 driver to obtain an order requiring his team to nominate him as one of their two drivers for the season and advising the target of a hostile internet campaign about avenues for legal protection. 

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Public & Regulatory

Kerenza has acted as both sole and junior counsel in a range of judicial review challenges, including commercial judicial reviews, and has advised a range of international clients, including those based in the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong and Ascention Island. She acted as junior counsel for the FCA in the Holmcroft litigation, listed by The Lawyer as one of the top 20 cases of 2016. 

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Achievements

Education

BA Hons in English First Class; LLB First Class

Prizes and Scholarships

  • Recommended for the James Hunt prize for best advocate, Gray’s Inn advocacy training program, 2013.
  • Richard Reeve Foundation Award, 2011.
  • Winner of College of Law’s Negotiation Competition, 2011.
  • The Shakespeare Memorial Award from Gray Inn, 2010.

Publications

Before starting pupillage Kerenza worked for a charity representing the interests of women doctors. 

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