International law firm Addleshaw Goddard is strengthening its Aberdeen team with the appointment of Robert Phillips as legal director. 

A specialist employment and business immigration lawyer with more than 12 years’ experience in contentious and non-contentious cases, he was previously a senior associate at Burness Paull, where he worked predominantly within the offshore industry, representing clients in the oil and gas and marine sectors.

At tribunals Mr Phillips has appeared in complex employment litigation, whistleblowing, discrimination and industrial relations cases. He is also part of Oil & Gas UK’s working group, responding on behalf of the industry to HMRC's proposed reforms to off-payroll working tax, or "IR35".

With Addleshaw Goddard he will play a significant role in strengthening the firm’s employment and business immigration offering in the north east. The firm recently moved into larger office accommodation at Prime Four Business Park.

It further reflects the firm’s Scotland-wide and international ambitions, particularly in the energy and digital sectors. 

Ross McKenzie, commercial and data protection partner, commented: “Robert is a strong addition to the Aberdeen team. He brings a wealth of knowledge in the employment and immigration practice and his technical expertise stands him in good stead to strengthen the firm’s offering ahead of the IR35 reform and beyond.”