My name is Suzanne Keenan, I am an Associate Director at MKB Law and head of the firm's Employment Law department.
I qualified from the University of Ulster with a degree in Law and Economics in 2007. Whilst studying for my degree I worked as a Paralegal in a local solicitor’s firm in Newry. I then spent some time in London doing corporate banking before returning to Northern Ireland to complete my legal education.
In 2009 I commenced my studies at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queens University. My Apprenticeship at this time was completed with another well-known Belfast firm assisting in litigation, employment and family law. I then qualified as a Solicitor in 2011.
During 2010 and 2011 I was amongst a team of three solicitors selected from the Institute of Legal Studies to represent Northern Ireland in both National and International Mediation competitions.
Since joining MKB Law in July 2015 I have successfully built an employment practice made up of both employer and employee clients. I advise on a wide range of legal issues and continue to maintain a general litigation caseload for businesses and individuals. I have been listed as one of the top three employment solicitors in Belfast by an independent service review website based on client feedback.
In September 2016 I qualified as an Advanced Advocate with the Law Society of Northern Ireland, furthering my advocacy skills to represent clients in a wider range of courts and tribunals.
In October 2017 I was selected as one of 5 finalists in the UK wide ‘Inspirational Women in Law Awards’ in London. The awards, organised by the First 100 Years Project, chart the journey of women in law since 1919 and celebrates those women who are pioneers of the profession. I was the only finalist selected from the Northern Ireland jurisdiction.
In November 2017 I was appointed to Associate Director within MKB Law, and I continue to oversee and manage the growing employment department.
I also participate in a Mentoring Programme, am an active member of relevant local Groups/Associations, and regularly produce articles and commentary on sex discrimination cases to ensure wider understanding of issues affecting women in business.
In my spare time I enjoy walking in the mountains with my husband and (small but energetic) dog, Che!