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Collingwood Legal is a law firm specialising in employment law. We are based in the North East of England but have a national client base.

The Collingwood Legal team is headed by Paul McGowan. Our solicitors have many years of experience as employment law specialists and have successfully worked with a variety of public and private sector businesses in defending and resolving employment issues.

We take a fresh approach to dealing with employment law issues.

We are results driven and passionate about what we do. The Collingwood Legal team are approachable and take pride in providing effective and practical solutions for our clients.

Our team of solicitors offer a full range of employment law services. We take an innovative approach to legal solutions and have particular experience in dealing with employment tribunal claims, business reorganisations and business transfers (TUPE).

How We Work

We are committed to providing the best quality advice and service.

Our team of solicitors are straightforward and approachable. At the beginning of every instruction we will discuss how we communicate with each other and what your preference is.

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Who We Work With

Collingwood Legal works with a broad range of clients ranging from small and medium sized businesses to large private and public sector clients. We also work with a number of senior executives.

Clients we work with include:

  • Education establishments including one of the largest FE Colleges in the UK;
  • Manufacturing businesses
  • Agents working in the sport industry
  • Residential care home groups;
  • Construction firms;
  • Local authorities;
  • Accountancy practices; and
  • Other Law firms

What Others Say

Most of our work comes from our reputation and our strong client relationships. The quality of our lawyers has been externally recognised by independent publications. Some of the comments received are set out below:

“The firm offers a tight, professional, exemplary service. It's enthusiastic, sympathetic and reassuring.” (Chambers and Partners 2017)
“Small enough to care, large enough to battle.” (Chambers and Partners 2017)
“The firm is outstanding; they always go the extra mile to ensure the information given is accurate, informative and can be administered with as much ease as possible.” (Chambers and Partners 2017)
“Collingwood Legal is ‘professional and efficient’, and has particular expertise in the education and healthcare sectors, representing clients including St Andrew's Healthcare and Leica Biosystems. Paul McGowan is ‘exceptional’, and Jane Sinnamon and Sarah Fitzpatrick are also recommended. Joanne Applegarth joined the firm in June 2013 from Watson Burton LLP.” (Legal 500)
“The team is always pragmatic and looks at the wider issues. They keep me calm, playing the long game and considering all the tactics and policies. They work as a team and everybody is always fully briefed. Good value for money.” (Chambers 2015)
“A very efficient, responsive, knowledgeable and flexible team. They are keen to accommodate our specific needs, like delivering training sessions targeting our requirements. They provide reliable service.” (Chambers 2015)
“Collingwood Legal's ‘excellent and professional’ team continues to make strides in the market place” (Legal 500 2012 /2013)
“Paul McGowan has ‘a wealth of employment law knowledge’” (Legal 500 2012/13)
“This employment boutique has secured work from names such as St Andrews Healthcare and Sir Robert McAlpine Construction. According to sources, the firm works to develop a ‘good knowledge of our business, ensuring that the advice given is relevant.’ Interviewees also underline the team's good service levels and ‘practical application of the law.’ Practitioners offer expertise in TUPE transfers, employment disputes and employment law training.” (Chambers UK 2013)
“the ‘outstanding’ specialist Employment practice…” (Legal 500 2011 / 2012)
“Collingwood Legal have worked closely with the College on a number of key projects. The Collingwood Legal team have consistently provided valuable advice and I would highly recommend their personable and candid approach." (Principal at Leading FE College).
“Excellent service - very responsive with good sound practical advice.” (MD - Pharmaceutical Business)
“Comprehensive advice tailored to practical situations. Collingwood Legal demonstrate a real understanding of the employers perspective. Would have no hesitation in recommending to other businesses.” (HR Director - Construction firm)
“Customer service and advice are always excellent and this has been commented upon by several members of our management team.” (HR Director - National charity)
“…The help, support and guidance provided has helped us to cope with a very difficult issue.” (Executive Officer - Local Authority)