Keith Corkan

Corporate & Commercial Employment Law

Keith is an Employment Law consultant with over 20 years’ experience in the employment field, servicing a wide range of multi-nationals and executives on issues relating to breach of covenant, restraint of trade and confidentiality, cross border TUPE, international relocation, large scale restructurings, wrongful and unfair dismissal, discrimination claims and diversity.

Keith has an extensive gender discrimination practice and regularly acts for senior female executives in relation to diversity and discrimination claims against UK and US multinationals.

As a member of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council and its independent legal advisor, Keith was involved with other council members in drafting and submitting to Parliament in November 2022 a command paper in support of Covid-19 being prescribed as an industrial disease in certain sectors under Social Security legislation with payment of benefits on a no-fault basis.

At the International Bar Association’s annual conference in Miami in November 2022, Keith was a member of a panel which addressed the conference on obesity in the workplace and whether this qualifies as disability discrimination in various jurisdictions including the UK.

In January 2023 Keith was appointed as Ethics and Professional Issues Officer of the North American Regional Forum of the International Bar Association.

Also in 2023, Keith participated in two major webinars for the Canada UK Chamber of Commerce in the UK on global supply chains including international labour standards, human rights and governance. Keith’s co-speakers were Claire Le Mouellic, a corporate partner at Woodfines and Sandro Garofalo, the lead employment counsel at Target Corporation. The session was moderated by Danny Kaufer, an employment partner at Borden Ladner Gervais. The webinar also addressed issues surrounding ESG in the UK, the EU and North America, with commentary from Keith on corporate social responsibility, risk management, workforce stability, gender rights, competitiveness and corporate success.

Keith is also a former Chair of the Diversity committee of the International Bar Association and is a regular contributor to the committee’s newsletter. Keith is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and has given Employment lectures to the American Employment Lawyers Council and the New York Bar Association.

He writes extensively for the IBA's Diversity and Employment Committee newsletters on diversity and equity, gender discrimination, the gender pay gap, discrimination based on political and philosophical belief, women on boards and gender politics in the workplace.