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Portrait of Michael Cole
Areas of expertise: Employment, Technology


Michael is a partner in the employment team in the Guildford office. He qualified as a solicitor in 1994, joined the firm as a senior solicitor in 1999 and became a partner in 2001. Michael specialises in all aspects of employment and discrimination law and he has a particular interest and expertise in the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations (TUPE) and business reorganisations. He regularly advises on new regulations, drafts employment contracts and handbooks and represents both employers and employees in the employment tribunal.

Much of Michael's work involves the careful handling of workplace disputes and advising clients on how best to navigate through the various employment laws to seek to ensure that claims are avoided or, if claims arise, that they can be defended in the employment tribunal. Michael is also often recommended to advise senior directors on termination agreements.

As a member of the firm’s technology sector team, Michael acts for many technology clients, in particular on TUPE and outsourcing matters. Other clients are from a wide range of sectors including professional practices, events management, manufacturing, automotive and financial services.

Michael presents seminars on a wide range of employment-related topics, provides clients with in-house training, and is a regular author of specialist articles. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the IOD. He has been recognised as a leading individual in his field and is described in the Chambers UK 2013 edition as someone whom clients would "gladly recommend him to a close friend without a moment’s pause”.

Recent work highlights

  • Advising a technology company on the allegations of serious harassment by a senior employee.
  • Defending a professional services firm against a claim of discrimination by a former partner.
  • Advising a technology company on the TUPE aspects of its outsourcing agreements with other businesses.
  • Successfully defending an international sales company in multiple employment tribunal claims.
  • Advising professional services firms on the impact of retirement ages for partners.

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