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Adam Brett

Adam BrettConsultant Partner

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I am a Consultant Partner in Lewis Silkin’s Employment, Immigration and Reward division based in Belfast.


For many years I jointly headed the litigation department of a major Belfast Commercial Practice, and for the last 20 years I have concentrated on employment and discrimination matters. I advise clients on disciplinary and grievance matters. I advise on discrimination law, including the statutory monitoring requirements in N.I. which are probably the most stringent in Europe as well as claims, for example in relation to religious belief/political opinion. I advise on disability or other discrimination concerns, making reasonable adjustments and dealing with mental health issues.

I advise a wide range of public and private sectors on TUPE/Service Provision Change often involving public procurement processes, whether for the public authority, the transferor/transferee or the employees.

I advise both employers and individuals on high level internal disputes, and on restrictive covenants, sometimes involving injunctions.

I have long experience in the education sector at all levels, acting both for and against Schools and Universities. I work in the retail sector, including at different times acting for four major supermarket chains.

I am ranked as a leader in the field by both Legal 500 and Chambers. I am currently deputy Chairman of the Employment Lawyers Group Northern Ireland.

I lecture/train on a variety of subjects, including particularly TUPE and discrimination law. I am author of articles including contributions to PLC on Northern Ireland employment law and tribunals.

Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers and Partners 2024 (Employment (Northern Ireland)) - "Adam is an excellent lawyer with sound legal knowledge." "Adam is extremely pragmatic."
  • Chambers and Partners 2023 Band 1 (Employment: Employer – Northern Ireland) "He has good commercial knowledge and applies employment law practically.", "Adam is a very smart employment lawyer with an impressive mind."
  • Hall of Fame in Legal 500 2022 (Employment)
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