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.

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