Rob McCreath



“Outstanding in terms of his knowledge and its practical application”

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

“Rigorous and pragmatic, with excellent communication skills both on paper
and face-to-face”

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Rob enjoys using his depth of experience of employment law and related issues to help clients deal with difficult workplace problems. He combines strong technical expertise with a pragmatic, hands-on approach. He acts for both employers and senior executives in a wide range of sectors including higher and further education, luxury brands, media, technology, professional services and charities.

He advises clients on all employment and related issues, including restructurings and redundancies; senior exits; transfers of business and service provision changes under TUPE; discrimination-related claims and governance issues.

Rob is a CEDR-accredited mediator and acts as an independent mediator in relation to employment and related disputes.

Recent work

  • For a City-based professional services firm, securing an agreement under which two partners who had left to set up in competition disclosed all their dealings with clients and contacts of our client since leaving, gave formal undertakings to our client and the Court to desist from further dealings for a specified period and made a substantial contribution to our client’s costs.
  • Securing a settlement for a large employer in relation to a complex age discrimination claim from a senior employee who had been made redundant, including dealing with high value pensions issues. The claim was settled for a small fraction of the total potential liability. Dealing with the case required detailed knowledge of the relevant pension arrangements, a detailed understanding of the criteria and other reasons behind the redundancy selection process and a tough approach towards litigation and negotiation.

Notable cases:

  • Adult Learning Inspectorate & others v Beloff & others: an Employment Appeal Tribunal case relating to redundancies and transfers of businesses under TUPE, particularly with regard to consultation
  • Argyll Coastal Services Ltd & others v Stirling & others: an Employment Appeal Tribunal case relating to service provision changes under TUPE, including whether there is a group of employees which has been established to carry out the relevant activities


Further information

Education: St Edmund Hall, Oxford (BA Hons) and City University (GDL – Distinction). Qualified as a solicitor in 1990. Joined Archon as partner in 2005; previously a partner in Eversheds.

Enjoys hill-walking, cycling, skiing and theatre. Long-suffering Scottish rugby supporter.


Makes a point crystal-clear”

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

“Looking yourself in the mirror and being proud of what you see is the most important thing in my set of values. Rob has allowed me to continue to do that. I felt very proud of being represented by Rob and I strongly recommend him as employment lawyer” 

Senior executive client, Global technology company

Rob's employment law expertise


We support decision-making processes, ensuring that decisions are robust and where necessary defending them against challenge.


We assist our senior executive clients to understand their legal rights and duties, and to maximise their financial entitlements.

Partnerships and LLPs

We act for professional partnerships and LLPs, as well as individual partners and members in a wide range of industry sectors.

Disciplinary and grievance procedures, absence and performance management

Advising in relation to disciplinary and grievance procedures is one of our core areas of employment law expertise.

Discrimination claims

We have a wealth of experience of discrimination law in relation to complex and high value discrimination, harassment and diversity matters.

Employment disputes and litigation

Litigation and disputes are fundamental to what we do. We have years of experience acting in the most complex and challenging employment disputes.

Restrictive covenants and team moves

We are widely known for giving practical advice to clients dealing with matters in the workplace, Employment Tribunal or High Court.

Senior managers and certification regime

The Senior Managers and Certification regime is now in force. All involved need a thorough understanding of it, which is where we can help.

Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace

We advise organisations and individuals dealing with sexual misconduct in the workplace.

Terminations and settlement agreements

We have vast experience advising on terminations and settlement agreements and have a proven track record of achieving optimal outcomes.

Transactions, redundancies, restructurings and outsourcing

We regularly deal with the employment aspects of transactions including share sales, business transfers and outsourcings.

Workplace investigations and whistleblowing

Acting for employers seeking to defend themselves against whistleblowing allegations or individuals who have blown the whistle.

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