Charlotte McBride

Associate Solicitor

Charlotte is an Associate Solicitor at Collingwood Legal, having joined the firm in 2011 and qualifying as a solicitor in May 2015 after undertaking the firm’s first training contract. Charlotte has continued to develop her specialism in employment law and is highly recommended by the Legal 500.

Charlotte was named a Rising Star in the Legal 500 2020 and 2021. She is also a member of the Employment Lawyers Association. Charlotte is an experienced solicitor, advising and representing clients on a wide range of employment law issues and successfully representing clients at Tribunal.


Examples of Charlotte’s experience include:

  • Advising claimants and defendants in relation to a variety of claims including unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing and injunctive relief.
  • Providing comprehensive advice to employers in the public, private and third-party sectors in relation to a full range of workplace procedures.
  • Assisting and supporting business clients in many different industries with complex collective redundancies, organisational restructure, and trade union disputes.
  • Drafting bespoke employment policies, procedures, and related correspondence.
  • Advising individuals and businesses on settlement agreements, employment contracts and consultancy agreements.
  • Successfully representing clients in litigious matters in relation to both Employment Tribunal and civil court proceedings.

Noteworthy cases

  • Successful preparation and defence of complex automatic unfair dismissal claim (whistleblowing) including reconsideration and appeal applications from the claimant, and a successful award of costs in favour of our employer client.

  • Higher Education – successful defence of a whistleblowing claim worth circa £110,000 from a former employee with health and safety responsibilities at full Tribunal.

  • Strategic advice on site closure of a care setting and associated collective consultation obligations.

  • Advising a large College in relation to collective bargaining rights of recognised unions and statutory recognition procedures, practical and pragmatic advice secured agreed changes to procedures within the scope of existing recognition agreement.

Outside of work

Charlotte enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter, caravanning and exploring the beautiful Northumberland coast and relaxing with reading and a spot of yoga when there’s a spare moment in a day!


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

Collingwood Legal stands out for its 'excellent response times' and 'business acumen' alongside its 'pragmatic and practical' advice.

Legal 500 2019

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

Small enough to care, large enough to battle.

Chambers and Partners

The firm offers a tight, professional, exemplary service. It's enthusiastic, sympathetic and reassuring.

Chambers and Partners

The team is very efficient, quick to react and respond, and they are excellent communicators.

Chambers and Partners 2018/19

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 and Partners

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 and Partners

Strong choice for collective redundancies, restructurings and TUPE matters, particularly in the education and not-for-profit sectors. Noted for expertise in equality, diversity and discrimination issues, and able to advise on GDPR.

Chambers and Partners 2020

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

Boutique employment law firm Collingwood Legal is recognised for its 'expertise in dealing with complex, high-end disputes'.

Legal 500 2020

the 'efficient, polite and responsive' practice

Legal 500 2019

We could not be happier with the firm. They are local, responsive, incredibly knowledgeable and enabling.

Chambers and Partners 2020

I was in touch with several members of the team and all were polite, professional and extremely honest.

Chambers and Partners 2020

Offers experience in handling whistle-blowing issues and advises on restraint of trade and business protection, while also winning praise for its advice on disciplinary proceedings.

Chambers and Partners 2020

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Boutique employment law firm Collingwood Legal is recognised for its 'expertise in dealing with complex, high-end disputes'.

Legal 500 2020