Colin Smith > Brachers > Maidstone, England > Lawyer Profile

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Partner (Employment)


Colin is a Partner in Brachers’ employment team. He committed to finding solutions for his clients – whether that may be a tricky workplace grievance or disciplinary, all the way through to large scale collective redundancies, TUPE transfer or tribunal claims.

Colin provides advice to clients to get them where they need to be as a business in a commercial and cost effective way. His focus is on early intervention and prevention, dealing with issues at an early stage before they escalate.

His tribunal experience spans a range of claims from half-day hearing wages claims through to 1 to 3 day unfair dismissal claims and up to multiple day discrimination cases and multi-claimant TUPE and collective redundancy claims.

Colin is dedicated in finding the right solution for each client and acts mainly for larger corporate clients in the construction, manufacturing, logistics and healthcare spheres, as well as assisting senior executives in times of need. Colin qualified in 2001 and has specialised in employment law for over 15 years becoming Partner at Brachers in 2012.

Colin assisted the Corporate team with a deal that won ‘Deal of the Year (sub £10m)’ at the Insider South East Dealmakers Awards 2023.

Colin specialises in:

  • Reorganisations, redundancy and restructuring
  • TUPE (transfer of undertakings)
  • Settlement and compromise agreements
  • Tribunal claims
  • Finding solutions.


Lawyer Rankings

South East > Public sector > Public sector

Praised for its successful representation of NHS trusts and having ‘the highest standards of customer care‘, Brachers‘ multidisciplinary education, employment and healthcare team leverages the firm’s commercial property and planning teams, and is equipped to deal with the whole range of work in the public sector. Co-head Ash Jilani focuses on primary care property matters, while fellow co-head and healthcare expert Catherine Daw is praised by clients as ‘an outstanding employment lawyer’. Co-head Colin Smith and Abigail Brightwell are further key contacts for employment related matters.

South East > Employment > Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Led by the firm’s healthcare sector and data protection head Catherine Daw, who specialises in collective issues and employment tribunal litigation, the employment team at Brachers in Maidstone regularly advises clients in the education, manufacturing, automotive and healthcare sectors on employment advisory and litigation work. Colin Smith is an expert in TUPE matters and manages reorganisations for international businesses. Abigail Brightwell is another key lawyer who regularly advises on contract issues, restructurings, senior exits and employee tribunal claims.