03 Feb 2023

Senior lawyer to lead employment law growth at Aberdein Considine

Senior lawyer to lead employment law growth at Aberdein Considine

One of Scotland’s leading employment law specialists has been named as the new Head of Employment Law at Aberdein Considine.

Robert Holland – a Solicitor Advocate (Civil) – has joined the firm as a Partner and will be based in Aberdein Considine’s flagship legal office in Edinburgh.

He was previously a Partner with Balfour + Manson LLP where he led the firm’s Employment Law team, and brings over 20 years’ experience across a range of legal disciplines. He joined Balfour + Manson LLP in 2008 and was latterly a member of the senior management team.

Robert, who is recommended in both Chambers and Legal 500, is also an experienced litigation lawyer and has been involved in a number of high-profile cases over the years.

He has litigated over 50 tribunals, from redundancy to unfair dismissal as well as discrimination and whistleblowing issues. He was also part of the first election law petition case in over 100 years.

Among the other landmark cases Robert has been involved in, Johnstone v Glasgow City Council was the first case in the UK to award foster carers the status of employees.

Robert has developed a reputation in advising senior executives in highly complicated exits and settlement agreements in the financial sector. He has experience of dealing with key players in the Scottish banking and fund management sector and his new role at Aberdein Considine will allow him to continue to develop this specialised practice.

He has a particular interest in sports law having represented numerous professionals in a number of sports including football, rugby and athletics. Robert and his team will be providing a bespoke sports law service as part of the firm’s wider employment law offering.

The appointment of Robert is a further demonstration of Aberdein Considine’s growth strategy, with the firm making significant investments in mergers, new senior hires and infrastructure during the last 12 months.

Managing Partner, Jacqueline Law, said Robert’s arrival was a key moment for the partnership’s Employment Law practice.

“Robert is undoubtedly one of Scotland’s most highly rated and experienced employment lawyers and we’re delighted he has agreed to join us to lead and grow our national Employment Law team,” she said.

His knowledge and experience will be vital for our clients as we look to support them, whether individuals or organisations, in what is an increasingly complex area of law.”

Robert added: “Aberdein Considine has developed an impressive reputation and that is very much down to the hard work and commitment of my new Partners and colleagues.

In leading the team my focus will be to ensure that we use all the tools and resources at our disposal to make sure our clients get the very best support and advice, where and when they need it.”

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