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Oliver Brabbins

Director - Employment

Following a successful career as an HR manager in both the public and private sector, Oliver trained as a barrister before converting to a solicitor in 2001, specialising in employment law. He is the head of the employment team at Steeles Law.

Oliver excels in providing pragmatic, solution-based advice in an industrial relations context. His background provides him with a rare understanding of the role of the HR manager and his advice is designed to assist clients to achieve their objectives, rather than frustrate them in their efforts to run a business.

Particularly highly regarded for his advocacy skills, Oliver represents clients at employment tribunals across the UK and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. As well as advocacy, Oliver has a special interest and expertise in advising on large scale reorganisations and redundancies, industrial relations and the TUPE Regulations.

Recent work highlights include:

  • Advising on a complex large scale redundancy exercise and the TUPE implications of a trans-national relocation outside the EU.
  • Successfully defending a company seeking to dis-apply the TUPE regulations in circumstances where they acquired a business in a creditors’ voluntary liquidation.
  • Successfully defending a company at an employment tribunal in a case involving a complex factual background to a dismissal for alleged sectarian harassment.
  • Advising on the redundancy implications and practicalities of a large scale relocation of a head office for a major plc and advising on the application of a contractual mobility clause.

Oliver holds a CIPD qualification and is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.