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Patrick Brodie

Head of RPC's Employment, engagement and equality practice, Patrick Brodie is often called in to help resolve complex workforce issues.

Typical instructions for Patrick involve advising on domestic and European integration, outsourcing and restructuring projects. In the UK market he acts across both the public and private sectors. Patrick has built a reputation for helping organisations design and implement inclusion and diversity strategies. 

Specialising in financial services regulation, whistleblowing and corporate governance, Patrick edits the whistleblowing chapter for Tolley's and is the updating author for Xpert HR's guide on TUPE.

On the litigation side, Patrick has worked on cases which have been taken to the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

He was a winner of The Lawyer's Employment Team of the Year award. Patrick's work has also been shortlisted on two previous occasions for Commercial and, also, Employment Team of the Year Awards by Legal Week and the Lawyer.

He has also contributed to Xpert HR podcasts:

  • TUPE mythbusters (part 1) - listen here.
  • TUPE mythbusters (part 2) - listen here

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"Patrick Brodie is outstanding in terms of his commercial advice. He has so much empathy and is able to provide great insights into complex employment matters combining legal excellence with a deep understanding of human psychology which makes him stand out from the crowd." - Legal 500 UK 2024

"Patrick is a phenomenal and commercially minded employment partner. He has the ability to anticipate with incredible accuracy, is extremely commercial and very intuitive." - Chambers UK 2023

"Patrick is a phenomenal and commercially minded employment partner. He has the ability to anticipate with incredible accuracy, is extremely commercial and very intuitive." - Strength provided by Chambers 2023: Employment: Employer client, UK

"He is very hard-working, technically strong and creative. He is willing to give strong direction in difficult situations." - Strength provided by Chambers 2023: Employment: Employer client, UK

"Patrick is utterly fantastic. He is incredibly engaging, understands all aspects of a case and nothing is ever too much. He is a terrific employment lawyer." - Strength provided by Chambers 2023: Employment: Employer client, UK

"Patrick Brodie – he is a tour de force. Thoughtful. Highly intelligent. A dream of an Instructing Solicitor." - The Legal 500, 2023

Patrick Brodie is particularly known for his expertise in employment litigation with an international element. -  The Legal 500, 2023

Ranked – Chambers UK 2022

Patrick Brodie is regularly involved in high-profile employment litigation, with cases heard up to the Supreme Court. In addition to his client-facing work, Patrick heads RPC's employment, engagement and equality practice. -Chambers UK 2022

"We won due to his tenacity and intelligence; he is calm, delightful to work with and spot on in all his assessments."  -Chambers UK 2022

"He has an extraordinary knowledge of employment law - he is completely ingenious, he is amazing fun to work with and I cannot imagine a case for which he would not be suited."  - Chambers UK 2022

"Patrick Brodie is, quite simply, an unsung hero of the employment law world. I  do not think that there is anybody better than Patrick. He hides his extraordinary intelligence behind a jovial exterior, but when it comes to getting the job done there is nobody better." - The Legal 500 UK 2022

Recommended - The Legal 500 UK 2022

"Patrick Brodie is brilliant. A joy to deal with." -  The Legal 500 UK 2022

Recommended - The Legal 500 UK 2021 

"Patrick Brodie has excellent technical knowledge but also a uniquely practical and innovative approach to complex TUPE issues which is invaluable. He’s a trusted adviser looking beyond the legal space." - The Legal 500 UK 2021 

"Patrick Brodie, Head of RPC’s Employment, Pensions and Incentives practice, is helpful, delightful to work with and client-focused. He is pragmatic and finds solutions where others just see problems. A real team player and unflappable" - The Legal 500 UK 2021 

"A superb [Employment] team, punching far above its weight, led by one of the most creative and astute employment solicitors in the country" - The Legal 500 UK 2021

"Patrick Brodie is nothing short of a pleasure to deal with and can’t be praised highly enough. He is diligent, astute, eloquent and exceedingly knowledgeable in his field and the job he performs is always a resounding success." - The Legal 500 UK 2020

"Patrick Brodie and Geraldine Elliott are absolutely first rate." - The Legal 500 UK 2020

"The practice is led by Patrick Brodie, who has a strong track record of big-ticket litigation and led the team acting for executive search firm Egon Zehnder on the aforementioned case. He works alongside 'passionate' and 'approachable' legal director Kelly Thomson, advising an impressive list of household name clients across sectors including insurance, utilities, services and retail." - The Legal 500 UK 2020

Clients praise him as "the unsung hero of employment law" with "an uncanny ability to make the right judgment call". - The Legal 500 UK 2018

"Exceptionally clever, personable, commercial and strategic. An absolute pleasure to work with." - Best Legal Advisers Report, 2016 - 2017

"one of the cleverest lawyers around, and maintains a sense of commerciality and fun" - The Legal 500 UK 2016

"Well placed to advise on major transactions, sensitive disputes and day-to-day employment work" - Chambers UK 2016

"RPC is singled out for its ‘excellent’ outsourcing expertise" - The Legal 500 UK 2015

Department head Patrick Brodie and senior associate Kelly Chapman are ‘excellent communicators’. - The Legal 500 UK 2015

"They have taken the time to get to know us as a business, what we need and look for, and what key stakeholders need. It is an extraordinary level of engagement" - Chambers UK 2015

"Very pragmatic and commercial, and always look for the right outcome for us. They are prepared to give advice and tell us it is the most realistic thing that will happen" - Chambers UK 2015

"The ‘very strong' team at RPC provides an ‘exceptional service' and ‘tailored' advice" - The Legal 500 UK 2014

"Their strength lies in their pragmatism. They are very inclusive and they make you, as a client, feel that they're owning your problem" - Chambers UK 2014

"Renowned for advising mainstay clients of the insurance, utility and retail sectors involved in employment disputes. Growing expertise in handling the employment aspects of transactional matters" - Chambers UK 2014