• Employment law frequently changes, and many employers find it difficult to keep up with developments. Brachers can reduce the burden of compliance and support you in protecting your business and supporting your employees.

    To help keep you up to date and compliant, please take a look at our round up of the latest changes in employment law for 2024/25.

    Why choose our employment lawyers?

    We are one of the largest employment law and HR teams in the South East, with a wide range of expertise and experience. We work with a diverse variety of clients, from family-run businesses and SMEs to large multi-national businesses, charities, education establishments and public sector bodies.

    We pride ourselves on our relationships with our clients, many of which span multiple generations. This strong partnership has enabled us to establish ourselves as specialists within a number of sectors including Education, Healthcare, Agriculture and Rural, Charities and Construction.

    As an extension to your own HR function, our experience has led to the development of our Brachers Connect service – a seamless HR and compliance management package with access to online software and an advice helpline for legal and operational support. This is the ideal solution for SMEs who would like total peace of mind in their compliance as well as streamlined HR processes.

    Our employment law services are also complemented by specialist HR support from Kent HR. Whether you need a fully outsourced HR function, mediation services or day-to-day HR advice and ad hoc project support, together with Kent HR we can create a package of support to help businesses of all sizes to help you succeed.

    International employment law support

    We are also part of the Marcalliance global network of international lawyers, which connects us to legal experts around the world who specialise in employment law.

    If you want to do business across international borders, we can access trusted expertise on local industry and legal regulations across the globe.

    Recognition of our expertise

    If you choose to work with us, you can be assured that you will receive a top class service. Our Employment team is highly ranked by leading legal directory The Legal 500, with head of the team Catherine Daw and Colin Smith  and Senior Associate Abigail Brightwell rated as ‘Recommended Lawyers’ in the 2024 directory.

    The team are also ranked in the Chambers and Partners 2024 directory, with Catherine Daw and Partner Colin Smith individually recognised for their expertise.

    The team is also ranked in the top three law firms in the Kent Legal Sector Review 2022.

    Our lawyers are members of the Collaborative Employment Law group and Catherine Daw holds an Acas Certificate of Internal Workplace Mediation.

    Find out more about our awards, accreditations and partnerships.

    How we can help

    Our experienced team takes pride in delivering employment law and HR services that are tailored to your needs. We take the time to understand your individual circumstances and provide recommendations to enable you to make informed choices.

    Please expand the sections below for more detail on how we can help support your business.

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  • Brachers has a very experienced team, offering commercial advice. They demystified technical language and processes.

    Chambers & Partners 2024
  • I am always amazed with the level of responsiveness. My key contact is rarely unable to support me within the same day and is usually in touch within an hour.

    Chambers & Partners 2024
  • They are happy to engage in testing various courses of action, weighing the various risks and possibilities.

    Legal 500 2024
  • Very responsive team that provides insightful and well thought out advice.

    Legal 500 2024
  • Catherine Daw leads the team exceptionally well. Other highly regarded individuals include Colin Smith, who is extremely strong on collective employment work and Abigail Brightwell.

    Legal 500 2024
  • Catherine Daw and Colin Smith are highly experienced and very strong on strategy.

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  • An excellent team, particularly within the healthcare sector. Their cases are always extremely well prepared.

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  • They are excellent and have broad-based expertise. Crucially, their advice is delivered in a timely manner while maintaining accuracy.

    Chambers & Partners