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Colin Smith


Colin is committed to finding solutions for his clients. Whether that may be on a tricky workplace grievance or disciplinary all the way through to large scale collective redundancies, TUPE transfer or tribunal claims.


  • Reorganisations, redundancy and restructuring
  • TUPE (transfer of undertakings)
  • Settlement and compromise agreements
  • Tribunal claims
  • Finding solutions


  • The Law Society
  • The Employment Lawyers Association


Colin provides advice to clients to get them where they need to be as a business in a commercial and cost effective way. His focus is on early intervention and prevention, dealing with issues at an early stage before they escalate.

Colin is dedicated in finding the right solution for each client and acts mainly for larger corporate clients in the construction, manufacturing, logistics and healthcare spheres as well as assisting senior executives in times of need. Colin has specialised in employment law for over 10 years and has been a Partner at Brachers since 2012.

Recent cases

  • Advising on a large scale (250+) collective redundancy processes.
  • Handling multiple holiday pay claims and wider advice on holiday pay changes.
  • Dealing with trade union recognition requests in the manufacturing sector.

“Practical and very commercially focused - he very usefully takes me through all issues and potential consequences.”

Chambers UK 2017


Changes to data protection are on the horizon

Discover how the General Data Protection Regulation plans to tackle data breaches and the steps your business can take to be ready. Read more


Data breaches – “We could have done more”

Will your business suffer a data breach in 2016? Will your CEO be the one on the news uttering the increasingly familiar refrain “We could have done more”? Read more


Will your business’ reputation survive reporting your gender pay gap?

Equal pay is an area of law stark in its statistics with a 21.4% full time pay gap reported in the UK between men and women in 2012. Read more


TUPE – changing terms and conditions post transfer by dismissal and re-engagement

The recent case of Hazel v The Manchester College 2014 serves as a salient reminder of the difficulties faced by an employer seeking to change terms and conditions of employment inherited under a TUPE transfer. Read more


As the flood waters recede, legal questions remain for employers

Employment contracts may need altering if weather disruption is likely to recur. Read more


Why has the uptake of employer share schemes been so low?

With Nick Clegg and Vince Cable at loggerheads over employee shareholder schemes, figures suggest that the scheme may be having a minimal effect. Many schemes are overcomplicated and employees may be nervous about working in this way and giving up some of their employment rights for shares. But is it time for your manufacturing business to join the Chancellor’s bandwagon and reconsider employee ownership participation? Read more

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National Living Wage launches in April 2016

The National Living Wage will be launched in April 2016 – what do you need to know and how will this affect employers and employees? Read more


Employees who were laid off just before a TUPE transfer, still transfer

In the case of Hodgkins & Others –v- Midland Decorators ltd, Mr Hodgkins and his colleagues were carrying out work which was subcontracted to their employer from another company. Read more


The Government has published a new bill protecting apprentices

The Government has published the Enterprise Bill. This protects apprentices by making it a criminal offence to offer apprenticeship courses and training when it is not a statutory apprenticeship. Read more


Employee on long term sick leave does not transfer

The Tribunal has looked at whether an employee who is permanently off work sick can be assigned to an organised grouping of employees in the event of a TUPE transfer, meaning that he or she moves to the new company. Read more


Fair dismissal for derogatory comments on Facebook

The EAT in The British Waterways Board -v- Smith has held that it was fair to dismiss an employee that made derogatory comments on Facebook. Read more


Low Pay Commission consultation on national minimum wage rates

At the end of July the Low Pay Commission (LPC) opened a consultation seeking views on the proposed changes to the national minimum wage (NMW) and the introduction of the new National Living Wage (NLW) which was announced in the budget earlier in the month. Read more

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