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Patrick Brodie

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Employment, pensions and incentives.


Head of RPC's Employment, Pensions and Incentives practice, Patrick Brodie is often called in to help resolve complex workforce issues.

Typical instructions for Patrick involve advising on domestic and European integration, outsourcing and restructuring projects. In the UK market he acts across both the public and private sectors. Patrick has built a reputation for helping organisations design and implement inclusion and diversity strategies. 

Specialising in financial services regulation, whistleblowing and corporate governance, Patrick edits the whistleblowing chapter for Tolley's and is the updating author for Xpert HR's guide on TUPE.

On the litigation side, Patrick has worked on cases which have been taken to the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

He was a winner of The Lawyer's Employment Team of the Year award. Patrick's work has also been shortlisted on two previous occasions for Commercial and, also, Employment Team of the Year Awards by Legal Week and the Lawyer.


Qualified 1997; partner RPC 2003.


Churchers College, Hampshire; Durham University, (Bsc Biological Sciences).

London: Corporate and commercial


Within: Partnership

Considered 'a safe pair of hands', RPC advises professional services firms on the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious work, including the establishment of partnerships and LLPs, as well as partnership mergers and dissolutions. Co-head Patrick Brodie represented Switzerland-based executive search firm Egon Zehnder on the enforcement of a global non-compete restrictive covenant injunction action against a former partner. Co-head Geraldine Elliott specialised in partnership disputes, predominantly acting on the side of the firms. Legal director Graham Reid handles regulatory matters involving partners. The 'diligent' Nick Bird focuses on professional liability and disciplinary claims from the perspective of partnerships. Ernst & Young LLP is a standout client of the department.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

RPC's 'superb' team 'punches well above its weight' with 'clear and practical advice delivered from a solid foundation of technical knowledge'. The group is highly regarded for its 'outstanding contentious expertise'; it recently acted for the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in a Supreme Court claim relating to diplomatic immunity and represented an executive search company in a case pertaining to non-compete restrictive covenants. Other non-contentious work includes advising a global mining equipment supplier on an investigation into its international business practice regarding fraud and bribery allegations and assisting a global insurer with the employment elements of establishing branch operations in another EU country. Patrick Brodie leads the group; clients praise him as 'the unsung hero of employment law' with 'an uncanny ability to make the right judgment call'. Legal director Kelly Thomson 'provides consistently reliable and practical advice'.

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London: Risk advisory

Corporate governance

Within: Corporate governance

Reflective of RPC's credentials in the corporate governance sphere, its multidisciplinary team includes partners and associates with experience of serving as general counsels, financial regulators and independent non-executive directors. It has expertise in a broad scope of contentious and non-contentious issues, including gender pay gap analysis, board effectiveness reviews, remuneration policies, company culture and internal investigations. It also provides support on the preparation of Modern Slavery statements. Clients include retailers, financial services and insurance sector firms, and multinational corporates. The firm was appointed to the FCA's Skilled Persons Panel in 2017, and has been approached to provide skilled persons reports on the governance and culture of asset managers and banks. Complementing its core legal advice, the firm is also actively engaged with industry players and influencers, such as Business in the Community and Tomorrow's Company. Jeremy Drew, Patrick Brodie and Matthew Griffith head up the team.

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