Keir, a qualified collaborative lawyer, says this field has yet to reach maturity. ‘Things can be very much “in vogue” for a couple of years,’ she says. ‘Here we are in 2015 and it’s actually quite hard to find people who are doing collaborative work. We just need a bit more of a push toward finding an alternative that works.’ She reminds Spear’s that lawyers always ‘find a way around’ the sensible tenets of collaboration.
A high-calibre practitioner with an excellent reputation and a top client base, Keir succeeded Christopher Murray as Kingsley Napley’s senior partner in May 2013 after 26 years at the firm. Unlike most senior partners, this warm and bright solicitor is hardly winding down. She says she splits her executive and legal roles 50:50, specialising in major and complex financial and children’s cases — often on a cross-border basis.
The French speaker is also widely respected within the industry, having won multiple awards and spoken at conferences throughout the world addressing increasingly prevalent issues such as attacking and defending trusts in divorce, parentage, equality and gender and succession and estate management in divorce.
Clients appreciate her calm and collected manner, as one wrote to her: ‘Worth every penny. Thanks again for every little bit of sympathy and patient advice. I maintain my sanity in no small part because of your efforts on my behalf.’ A horseracing fan and breeder, Keir fancies her latest prospects outside the court room: ‘This is a Derby winner coming,’ she says.