Suzanne McKie QC

Profession

Barrister

Biography

Suzanne McKie QC specialises in employment, equality law and partnership. She focuses on high level discrimination and whistle-blowing claims, as well as contractual claims and injunctions in the High Court.

Suzanne regularly acts for blue chip companies, LLPs and senior executives.

"Unflappable and persuasive", Suzanne is a "fantastic cross-examiner." She acts in a range of employment law cases with a focus on whistle blowing, discrimination, contractual claims and injunctions. She recently successfully represented PwC in a £10 million claim for race and sex discrimination brought by a former equity partner - Chambers and Partners Directory 2013.

Until she recently took Silk, Suzanne was a Band 1 Leading Barrister (Senior Junior) in the Chambers and Partners Directory for many years. The 2012 Chambers and Partners Directory said of Suzanne that she "works tirelessly for her clients and is incredible in cross-examination."

According to the Legal 500 2011 Suzanne brings ‘commercial and strategic perspective to any case management; she is almost entirely unflappable and absorbs pressure like a sponge’.

In the last year Suzanne has appeared in a number of other multi-million pound cases, including for PwC, the Global investment banking arm of RBS, Colt Technologies, Barchester Healthcare Homes, Sandals and Beaches Hotel Groups, Bank of Tokyo and Mitsui & Co. Suzanne has also acted for a number of law firms and banks in highly sensitive and confidential cases. Suzanne also acts for senior executives both in defending injunctions and pursuing discrimination, breach of contract and whistleblowing cases

In the last few years many of Suzanne’s cases have involved equity partners in hedge funds/private equity houses, legal and accountancy firms, concerning multi-million pound claims. Recently Suzanne successfully defended PwC in two lengthy discrimination cases brought by equity partners, with both claims being in excess of £15m (career loss damages being sought by the Claimants).

Suzanne advises in international legal cases concerning employment claims and discrimination, including by reference to the International Labour Organisation Conventions and Constitutions of other countries. Recently Suzanne has appeared in the Turks & Caicos Court of Appeal in relation to the lawfulness of payments by employees for their work permits.

Suzanne has advised very recently on matters arising from the Libor scandal and breach of fiduciary duties and FSA regulations in relation to trading.

Suzanne chairs and conducts internal investigations as far as disciplinary matters are concerned, and has recently conducted a detailed investigation into widespread harassment within a workplace.

Contact details

020 7769 6855

Areas of Practice

Employment

Year Qualified

1991

Year appointed QC

2012

Memberships

Vice-President of the Employment Lawyers Association