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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.

He is recognised by clients for his pragmatism, straightforward approach and commercial focus. He 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

Chris Phillips's Blog Entries

Working hours: European Court decision means employers need to look again at the records they keep

The Working Time Regulations entitle workers to minimum paid leave, a maximum working week of 48 hours (subject to any opt…

Posted on 23rd May 2019

NDAs: What are they, how do they work and what should be in them?


With dozens of academics telling the BBC recently that they…

Posted on 26th April 2019

Retail: a tough shift for workers at Christmas

A career in retail on the UK’s high streets seems a pretty hazardous affair at the moment. …

Posted on 5th December 2018

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