Chris is a specialist employment lawyer based in our York office.

He joined Pattinson & Brewer in 2018 from a reputable regional firm where he specialised in employment law and practice, gaining solid experience acting for both employees and employers across the whole range of employment disputes. He originally joined that firm in 2014 as an Employment Paralegal prior to commencing his period of recognised training and qualifying in 2017. Throughout that period he has specialised in employment law.

Chris studied at Northumbria University where he was enrolled on the MLaw Exempting programme which comprised of the LLB (Hons) degree, Legal Practice Course and Masters in Law qualifications and achieved an overall 2:1.

Knowledgeable, passionate and committed to his clients, Chris has proved a valuable and popular addition to Pattinson & Brewer’s expanding team of specialist claimant litigators.

Straight-talking, approachable and prepared to go the extra mile to get the job done, he consistently achieves great results for his clients.

Outside of work, Chris has a young family that keep him on his toes. He describes himself as “a very sociable person who loves a pint whilst watching the football”. He is not alone.

 Alex studied Geography at the University of Leicester and graduated with a First Class Honours degree before embarking on a career in HR for a national transport organisation. This sparked her passion for employment law and gave her a unique insight into the role of trade unions and how they support workers on a wide variety of issues.

She therefore set about becoming an employment lawyer, obtaining Distinctions in both her GDL and LPC at the College of Law, York and then training with a top firm in Leeds, qualifying in 2017, before we poached her to join P&B’s employment team in early 2018. Creative, smart and client focussed, Alex regularly obtains great results for her clients and has a comprehensive knowledge of employment law and litigation.

Alex has a particular interest in discrimination (particularly disability and maternity/pregnancy), equal pay and flexible working. She also regularly acts for clients in unfair dismissal, redundancy, whistleblowing, and holiday pay claims.

When not at the office, Alex is kept busy with her young daughter and is happiest with a hot cup of coffee.

Adele qualified as a solicitor in September 2014 and has specialised in employment law ever since.  She studied at the University of Westminster, graduating with an upper second class LLB (Hons). She spent six months working as a paralegal before joining renowned legal publisher LexisNexis Butterworths and then moving on to Sweet & Maxwell. She completed her LPC on a part-time basis at the (as it was then known) College Of Law where she obtained a distinction.  She spent a year travelling and working in Australia before completing her training contract at a national claimant firm.

Adele has experience of advising on a wide range of employment matters including all types of discrimination claims, whistleblowing, settlement agreements, unfair dismissal, holiday pay, and redundancy.  Adele has particular experience of advising the Police Federation and Trade Unions and delivers employment law training to officers and workplace representatives.

Adele was the 2017/18 chair of the Junior Lawyers Division of The Law Society of England and Wales (“JLD”), which represents over 70,000 members, making it the largest division of the Law Society.  The JLD’s role is to support and represent members by lobbying government, the LSB and the SRA on their behalf, promoting resilience and wellbeing, and campaigning for access to the profession and access to justice.

Adele is also a Social Mobility Ambassador for The Law Society and is regularly quoted in the media on employment law issues.  She has had articles published in the Lawyer, the Law Society Gazette and the Solicitors Journal.

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James works on Employment and Civil Dispute matters in the firms York Office. James is from, and lives in York, he obtained a first class degree from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2012. James then went on to complete the GDL and the LPC with a Masters (LLM) at the University of Law in Leeds.

James joined Pattinson & Brewer at the beginning of 2016 in their Personal Injury department assisting trade union members secure compensation arising out of accidents at work.  James started his period of recognised training in October 2017 and since qualifying James has joined the Employment Law team in York.

In his spare time James volunteers at 2 homelessness and vulnerable persons charities in York, a matter of which he is passionate about. He enjoys regularly attending gigs and festivals in his remaining spare time.

Carla graduated from the College of Law, York in 2011 after obtaining a Distinction in the Legal Practice Course. Shortly after this she began her legal career at Pattinson & Brewer, working in our York office.

She initially worked as a Paralegal in the road traffic accident team, before moving to assist in the pre-action clinical negligence team.

Carla started her training contract with the firm in June 2015, and she now assists on a wide range of personal injury and clinical negligence claims of both high and low value.

Carla is motivated by the fact that every client’s circumstances are unique, each with differing needs, and that she can offer advice but also provide support and assistance throughout what can sometimes be a difficult and stressful claims process.

From an early age Carla has had a keen interest in musical theatre and dance. She enjoys going to the theatre and teaching dance at the weekends. She keeps fit by going to the gym regularly, and loves spending time with her family and friends.

Debbie started her legal career working as a criminal defence and family lawyer. Prior to that she devoted her time to raising her three daughters and started studying  for a law degree when her youngest was four years old.

She joined Pattinson & Brewer in September 2006.

During her time here she has specialised in Police Misconduct and personal injury work. She also pursues claims on behalf of members of Equity.

When not in the office Debbie enjoys spending time with family, live music, the theatre and long challenging walks (especially those which finish at a pub)


Since qualifying as a solicitor in 1983 Chris has worked for the members of a wide variety of trade unions and professional organisations assisting them with a broad range of legal issues including personal injury, employment and professional conduct matters, contractual and intellectual property issues, and defamation.  He has a BA in politics from Sussex University and can speak French and German