Rob Collier-Wright

Associate

UK


I am a senior associate in our Employment practice in London, specialising in both contentious and non-contentious employment law matters. I am part of the International HR Services team.

I have acted for high profile employers in Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) proceedings, including those involving complex and high-value discrimination and whistleblowing claims.

I am experienced in advising multi-national clients in relation to high-value corporate M&A deals and have particular expertise on the application of the UK Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE).

I regularly advise clients in relation to a wide range of day-to-day employment matters, including in relation to contracts of employment, grievance and disciplinary processes, employment status, employee consultation, post-termination restrictive covenants and dismissals. I also frequently advise on and coordinate cross border HR projects.

My experience spans a wide range of industries including aerospace, financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, automotive, gaming, retail and travel.

I enjoy the opportunity my role provides to work collaboratively with clients' HR teams and other personnel and to give commercially-led advice covering the full range of employment and employee relations issues.

  • Acted for a FTSE 250 telecommunications company in 10-day disability discrimination proceedings in the London Central Employment Tribunal and subsequently on appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
  • Acted for a publicly listed investment manager in five-day sex discrimination and whistleblowing proceedings in the Bristol Employment Tribunal.
  • Advised Rentokil Initial PLC on TUPE issues arising from the disposal of parts of the Mitie Pest Control business to ServiceMaster.
  • Advised AstraZeneca on UK employment issues in connection with its $1.5 billion disposal of its small molecule antibiotics unit to Pfizer, including coordinating a network of global advisers.
  • Advised InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) on the acquisition of a portfolio of Principal and De Vere branded hotels, including advising on transaction structuring and TUPE issues.
Education
  • BPP Law School, GDL and LPC
  • University of Warwick, History (BA Hons)
Admissions
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority in 2013