Robert Holland

Partner, Head of Employment

Employment Law

About Robert

I pride myself on my empathy and belief in my clients which comes from my earlier career fighting cases in criminal defence work and civil litigation. A lawyer should be an advocate for those needing help, whether it be an individual facing discrimination or a company fighting a vexatious claim. Your lawyer should also be approachable and I hope you find me friendly and practical to deal with.

My team has an excellent mix of expertise in both contentious and commercial matters, and you will find we have had experience of your situation in the past, and how to manage it. 

Away from work, you will usually find me playing or watching sport. I continue to harbour dreams of seeing Scotland in the World Cup final and on a personal note have recently been selected to play for the Scotland 'senior' football team. I enjoy a challenge and along with my Employment team we have previously conquered all 20,000 feet of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Clients say that he is an "excellent lawyer, who combines professionality with compassion and practical advice".

Legal 500, 2019

Specialist area

I have specialised in employment law since 2006 and have been head of the department since 2009.

Contentious Employment work

I am a Solicitor Advocate which means that I can represent you from the first meeting to the very last appeal. 

I acted in the Johnston v Glasgow City Council case, where 2 foster carers were awarded employment status. 

I regularly litigate Unfair dismissal; Redundancy; Whistle blowing; Discrimination cases in both the Tribunal or Civil Court. If you have been unfairly dismissed or have an issue in any of these cases, please get in touch. 

HR Advice & Support

I'm always available to provide strategic advice for your company or charity on the myriad of issues that can crop up in the complex world of HR. Recent issues I have dealt with include:

  • Tupe: advising on the employment issues in a cross jurisdiction commercial purchase
  • Redundancy: advise on the restructure of a major business in the west of Scotland
  • Restrictive Covenants - major departures of CEOs to rival competitors, and for a number of team moves in the world of finance. 

I also regularly deal with high level executive disputes, settlement agreements and restrictive covenants. If you are an HR manager or director requiring advice on employment issues, please give me a call. 

Sports Law

I act for a number of high profile individuals and organisations in the world of sport, from advising on new contracts to negotiating complicated compensation packages and settlements. You can find my views on the new Scottish rugby restructure here.  

You can follow me on twitter @RobertHolland72 or the Employment team @EmploymentLawBM

Partnership and LLP Advice

I have experience of assisting in partnership disputes and dismissal of directors. 


  • Society of Solictor Advocates
  • Employment Law Group
  • Trustee for West of Scotland Charity
  • Notary Public
  • Scottish Discrimination Law Group