Mike Patterson

Director I Employment

Mike Patterson

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Mobile: 07860 505426

Direct Line: 0330 016 8611

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About Mike

Mike is a Director and a solicitor within Berwins’ business team. Having worked in private practice, industry and local government Mike has a unique perspective, understanding the needs of business from both inside and out. Mike provides practical, commercial advice to businesses and individuals on employment law and commercial agreements. Designated a leader in his field by Chambers and Partners and described by clients as “personable”, “pragmatic” and “very knowledgeable in his expertise”, Mike is often the client’s first point of contact and trusted adviser when it comes to employment law.

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Mike is a trustee of Disability Action Yorkshire and an active member of Harrogate Chamber of Trade and Commerce.



Mike is an experienced employment lawyer who has worked for regional and national law firms, having qualified in 2006. He has gained invaluable experience working in house for public and private sector organisations, including the Department of Health, Harrogate Council and a public manufacturing company, advising all on a wide range of day to day employment issues.

Mike provides practical, commercial advice to employers and individuals on all aspects of employment law and HR issues, including policies and procedures, dismissal, maternity issues, sickness absence, changes to terms and conditions of employment and redundancy (both individual and collective). He also advises clients on the enforceability of restrictive covenants, TUPE and employee issues (including service provision changes) on corporate transactions and procurement projects.

Experienced in dealing with contentious issues, Mike appears in the Employment Tribunals on behalf of clients in respect of many types of claim, including unfair dismissal, discrimination and wages.

To ensure clients are kept up to date with the latest changes to employment law, Mike conducts regular seminars and bespoke training sessions when needed.

In addition to his employment work, Mike works closely with Berwins’ Commercial and Digital teams advising businesses on a range of commercial agreements, including terms and conditions for the sale of goods or supply of services, consultancy and shareholder agreements – ensuring that their goals are achieved and needs are protected.

Mike is a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association and Society for Computers and Law (SCL)



As an avid sports fan (both playing and watching), Mike enjoys playing hockey (for Leeds HC), football and golf.

What our clients say

Associate director Mike Patterson is a noted practitioner within Berwins' Commercial team - a unit which "takes the stress away from the client by bringing everything together as seamlessly as possible"

Legal 500 - Corporate and Commercial (2017)

Mike Patterson heads "the employment practice at Berwins [which] handles day-to-day employment issues, ranging from managing recruitment to handling settlement agreements and Employment Tribunal claims arising from dismissals"

Legal 500 - Employment (2017)

Mike is a trustee of Disability Action Yorkshire and has provided invaluable support to myself as Chief Executive as well as help and advice to the Board of Trustees as a trustee and a lawyer when required on employment law issues I have always found Mike to be extremely approachable with a wealth of knowledge on employment law and he brings a balanced approach to the subject and is able to explain legislation and its implications in an easy to understand manner.

Jackie Snape, Chief Executive, Disability Action Yorkshire

Mike Patterson of Berwins Solicitors is "easy to work with, and gives clear advice and solutions that are effective and suit the needs of the business," according to clients. He has a wealth of experience to draw upon owing to his long-standing history in the sector advising both businesses and individuals.

Chambers (2017)

"the ‘exemplary’ [Employment Law] practice at Berwins... includes ‘especially helpful’ associate Mike Patterson, who advises clients in the IT, financial services, retail, hospitality and care sectors"

Quoted in Legal 500 (2016)

Mike Patterson’s visit to the University added so much value to the first year BSc Business students’ “Introduction to Human Resources” module. His mock employment tribunal allowed them to see the claim from both sides and produced some lively debate – before, during and after the session! His knowledge and expertise was well received by the students and a valuable addition to the module – thanks Mike!

Jo Bates, Tutor - University of Leeds

Mike initially dealt with a dispute that I had with my former employer and negotiated a much improved settlement figure than was originally anticipated. This was done in such a way that discussions with my employer remained reasonably amicable and settlement was swift.

Subsequently a family member had similar issues with the same employer and again Mike intervened and obtained a substantial settlement payment when nothing at all was initially offered by the employer.

I would have no hesitation in recommending your firm and Mike to friends and family.

A Berwins client

Mike Patterson of Berwins advised me on a recent redundancy situation and was able to obtain for me a settlement figure that was over 40% higher than the initial offer. Mike carefully noted all the complex details of the case, communicated firmly articulating clearly where points of law and process had not been followed and stated clearly my needs and expectations. This is the second time I have used Berwins and would not hesitate to use them again and recommend them to any individual in a contractual law dispute.

Mike - based upon my experience, your support has further enhanced the standing of Berwins in our household and I would have no hesitation in recommending them or your personal services in matters of Employment Law to others should the need arise

I have worked with a number of solicitors in Berwins over the last 10 years and have always found them to be highly professional, responsive and knowledgeable and, perhaps unusual for a firm of solicitors, personable and friendly. I have presented Mike with some challenging employment law issues and every time he provided clear, concise, timely guidance, making recommendations, which were easy to understand and implement.

Lucy Croucher - MD JSC International Ltd

I have worked with Mike on several employment matters over the last couple of years. I have always found him to be very helpful and efficient in offering sound and practical advice. Mike is very knowledgeable in his field and I would not hesitate to recommend him and his services to others.

Julia Turner - Director Turner Consulting

I have always received excellent service from Berwins, Mike is knowledgeable and rather than just merely stating points of law, he provides practical and workable business solutions on all aspects of employment law. He is approachable, but professional and understands the need to work to very tight timescales which he continually does.

Claire Swann, HR and Training Manager Berwin & Berwin Limited

Dear Mike, I would like to thank you for your excellent professional advice and your personal support in pursuing my employment law claim. The case was by no means straight forward but with expert advice and a diligent approach the outcome was first class.

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