She is adept at putting difficult clients at their ease and explaining difficult legal concepts in a straightforward way.

Chambers and Partners 2016

Extremely capable of getting to grips with any case.

Public law : The Regions. Leading junior; Legal 500 2015

She adopts a focused approach to cases.

Public law : The Regions. Leading junior; Legal 500 2014

Undertakes numerous high-profile cases, in both employment and immigration.

Chambers and Partners 2013

...good attention to detail, and good client-care skills

Public law : The Regions. Leading junior. Legal 500 2013

..highly sought after

Chambers and Partners 2012

PERSONAL PROFILE

Kerry is an immigration practitioner of almost 15 years call with substantial expertise in human rights and public law challenges arising predominantly from her immigration practice but also from community care and employment law spheres.  Kerry also has experience in the Court of Protection along with community care and family matters where they overlap with concurrent immigration proceedings.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Immigration and Human Rights

Kerry is an experienced immigration practitioner. She has practised in immigration law since being called to the bar in 2002, first as an advocate at a niche immigration solicitors firm and, from 2005, as a barrister at GCN.

Kerry's expertise enables her to represent individuals in all aspects of immigration, nationality, asylum and human rights law. She advises and represents individuals in cases in the First-tier and the Upper tribunal, the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

Recent cases have included:

  • A broad range of asylum appeals;
  • Up-grade appeals for unaccompanied minors;
  • Representing vulnerable girls/women in gender-based persecution, FGM/C and trafficking cases;
  • Entry clearance and settlement appeals in respect of spouses/partners, children, dependant relatives;
  • Deportation of foreign nationals under the automatic provisions and on conducive good grounds;
  • Medical cases;
  • Article 8 appeals based on family and private life;
  • EEA cases;
  • Disputed nationality and stateless cases;
  • Exclusion of individuals accused of war crimes.

She is regularly instructed to represent individuals in judicial review proceedings.

Kerry is a contributor to the Ninth Edition of Macdonald's Immigration Law and Practice . She delivers legal education and training to solicitors, case workers and not-for-profit organisations.

Business immigration

Kerry is experienced at representing employers and businesses in various immigration matters, including, but not limited to: civil penalties for allegedly employing illegal workers, and sponsorship licences for employing Tier 2 and Tier 5 migrants.  Her work includes providing advice and representation in court proceedings, and extends to advising solicitors and employers on the practices and procedures employers ought to have in place.  Kerry is also an experienced employment law practitioner and her wealth of knowledge in this jurisdiction is of considerable assistance in providing advice and representation to employers with immigration or quasi-immigration issues. 

Employment and Discrimination

Kerry has a busy and successful practice in employment and discrimination law. She advises and represents individuals and trade unions in the employment tribunal, the EAT and the County/High Court. She has expertise in areas such as unfair dismissal, breach of contract, redundancy claims, TUPE, protected disclosure and trade union related claims. She has particular interest and experience in discrimination law advising and representing individuals who have been discriminated against on the grounds of sex (including equal pay), pregnancy, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion and belief, and age.

Kerry advises and represents individuals and trade unions in judicial review matters.

Kerry also represents individuals in judicial mediation, internal disciplinary hearings and hearings before professional councils.

Recent notable EAT cases in which Kerry has appeared and been successful include:

  • Sheffield City Council v Norouzi [2011] EqLR 1039; UKEAT/0497/10, President: Third party race discrimination and harassment  judgment
  • Unison and anor v National Probation Service South Yorkshire and anor [2010] IRLR 930: Procedure  judgment
  • Whyment and McCarthy v S/S for DWP UKEAT/0419/09/JOJ: Sexual orientation discrimination (reported in IDS Brief 980)  judgment
  • Rogers v Microblade Limited EAT/0041/09/DA: Dismissal
  • Parsons v Burworth Estates UKEAT/PA/1357/08/MA, President: Statutory grievance procedure (reported in IDS Brief 888)
  • Lyle v Bury Metro Racial Equality Council and others UKEAT/0411/08/ZT, President: Remedy
  • Bury Metro Racial Equality Council and others v Lyle [2008] All ER (D) 182 (Jul): Disability discrimination

Kerry delivers legal education and training in employment and discrimination law. In November 2010 Kerry spoke at the Institute of Employment Rights Conference on "The Law on Sexual Orientation Discrimination".

Discrimination

In addition to employment-related discrimination work, Kerry also advises and acts for claimants in non-employment discrimination proceedings in the County Court such as disability discrimination claims against further education institutions and service providers.

Community Care

Kerry acts for individuals in community care matters, including in judicial review proceedings. Her practice involves challenges to assessments, content of care plans and accommodation-related matters. Kerry's particular expertise in immigration law enables her to ably represent individuals subject to immigration control in asylum support and community care judicial reviews. Her knowledge of discrimination law also lends itself to cases involving the overlap between discrimination and community care.

Court of Protection

Kerry is also experienced in representing parties to proceedings in the Court of Protection.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Employment - Northern (2016)  "Has a particular skill in handling discrimination cases of all kinds, as well as TUPE issues, redundancy, industrial relations and breach of contract claims. She also acts in disciplinary hearings and mediations. Strengths:   "She is adept at putting difficult clients at their ease and explaining difficult legal concepts in a straightforward way." Recent work: Acted in the Employment Appeal Tribunal case of Sheffield City Council v Norouzi, a case concerning claims of indirect discrimination and racial harassment." Chambers and Partners 2016

Public Law - Northern (2015) ‘Extremely capable of getting to grips with any case.’ UK Legal 500 2015

Employment - Northern (2015)   "Kerry Smith represents individuals and trade unions in a wide variety of matters before employment tribunals, the EAT and the County Court. She is best known for handling unfair dismissals, redundancy claims and TUPE matters. Recent work: Successfully represented the claimant in a third party harassment claim." Chambers & Partners 2015

Public Law - Northern (2014) She adopts a focused approach to cases.’ Legal 500 2014

Employment - Northern (2013)  "Also recommended, Kerry Smith of Garden Court North undertakes numerous high-profile cases, in both employment and immigration. She "has a very good manner with clients and is good at putting their minds at ease with her fine presentations to the tribunal". Chambers and Partners 2013  

Public Law - Northern (2013)  "Kerry Smith  is noted for her good attention to detail, and good client-care skills’. Legal 500 2013  

Employment - Northern (2012)  "Newly ranked Kerry Smith of Garden Court North is  highly sought after  by claimants and trades unions for unfair dismissal, breach of contract, redundancy, TUPE and whistle-blowing claims." Chambers & Partners 2012  

MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS

Member of the North West Free Representation Unit (NWFRU).