Homecoming for city graduate

Phillips hired for Loch’s Edinburgh office

chris-phillips-pam-lochAn employment law and HR expert has launched a specialist practice in Scotland and hired a former colleague to run the office.

Pam Loch, who studied accountancy and business at the University of Dundee and then law at the University of Edinburgh, has opened an office of Loch Associates Group in the capital. 

It will be run by Chris Phillips, an accredited employment law specialist, who joins as a partner.

He studied politics and international development at the University of Glasgow before gaining his law degree from the University of Edinburgh.

Ms Loch founded her business – comprising Loch Employment Law, HR Advise Me, Loch Mediation and Loch Health – in April 2007.  The business in Scotland will focus on all aspects of employment law, HR and employee wellbeing. 

The company has a £1.3 million turnover and has expanded from its headquarters in Kent to include offices in Brighton and London and now Edinburgh.  

Ms Loch, who is a dual-qualified lawyer in Scottish and English Law, trained alongside Mr Phillips at niche employment law practice Mackay Simon.

Mr Phillips qualified in 1997, becoming a partner in 2000 before spending ten years as a partner at Maclay, Murray & Spens. He served for a further four years as a partner with Simpson & Marwick and then Clyde & Co before joining Ms Loch’s practice.

Pam Loch, Managing Director of the Loch Associates Group, said: “Securing Chris Phillips to run our Edinburgh office has been a real coup – he brings 20 years of expertise to draw on and is incredibly well respected in the industry.”

Mr Phillips said: “I’m really excited to be opening Loch Associates Group’s first office in Scotland and bring the services of Loch Employment Law to the capital.”

Photo: Chris Phillips and Pam Loch (contributed)

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