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Chris Phillips

Partner | Edinburgh


Accredited Specialist in Employment Law.

Chris is a highly experienced employment lawyer and is based in our Edinburgh office.

Chris advises HR professionals, senior managers and business owners on the full range of employment law issues. This includes recruitment, preparing contracts and policies, performance and absence management, avoiding discrimination and navigating safely through organisational change in all its forms. Where the employment relationship comes to an end, Chris helps to ensure this is handled carefully and with the minimum of risk. He also assists senior individuals on the negotiation of their contracts, handling disputes and on exit strategies, including settlement agreements.

His clients operate in local government, education, financial services, manufacturing, professional services, healthcare, recruitment, technology and many other sectors.

As well as being an employment specialist, Chris also has extensive experience in professional regulatory law and in the conduct of inquiries, particularly in the public sector. He is also a regular speaker at conferences and training events.

Chris is recognised by clients for his pragmatism, straightforward approach and commercial focus. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, the Scottish Discrimination Lawyers Association and he has been accredited by The Law Society of Scotland as an employment law specialist since 2005. He is also an external examiner in Employment Law for the University of Dundee and chairman of Fife College Foundation.


Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland Ranked in Legal 500 2020

Chris Phillips's Blog Entries

The Rocky Road of Romance at Work

Briton Steve Easterbrook, credited with adding huge value to the McDonald’s fast food business during his tenure as US Chief Executive, has…

Posted on 5th November 2019

Can we talk about the gender pay gap?

In this post, we consider the gender pay gap, and issues relevant to employers such as the need of many employers to produce gender pay gap…

Posted on 5th September 2019

Latest Update on Holiday Pay Claims.

The Northern Ireland Court of Appeal’s decision in Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland and another v Agnew has…

Posted on 2nd July 2019

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