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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


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Equal Opportunities – historical throwback or current issue?

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Protecting your business: Compliance with employment law

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“Keep it secret, keep it safe”: The Trade Secrets Directive

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Data breaches – “We could have done more”

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Uphill struggle for downhill skiing star

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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

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The Government has published a new bill protecting apprentices

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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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