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HRC Law Merges with Brabners

Many TEAM Members have benefitted and enjoyed their relationship with Simon Whitehead over more than 15 years and they and TEAM are delighted to see him back under the well known Brabners logo.  Brabners have been providing services to TEAM and their Members for about 20 years and we look forward to this continuing.  Simon now heads up a significant team of recruitment law specialists and they are well placed to assist any TEAM Member with any query in their usual commercial and clear way.


  • Leading independent law firm Brabners acquires Manchester-based HRC Law
  • Acquisition sees Brabners enhance its employment team with 15-strong employment and recruitment specialists from HRC Law
  • HRC founder Simon Whitehead returns to Brabners with clients set to benefit from its sector-focused expertise

Leading independent law firm Brabners has expanded its employment law offering by acquiring fast-growing Manchester firm, HRC Law.

The move sees a 15-strong team with significant specialisms in the recruitment sector join Brabners’ Manchester office as the firm builds on its recent organic growth.

HRC Law founder Simon Whitehead returns to Brabners as a senior equity partner having successfully built the HRC practice over the last six years. Simon spent eight years at Brabners between 2003 and 2011, latterly as a partner. HRC Law acts for a large number of employers and has built a strong specialism in the recruitment sector, acting for many trade organisations such as TEAM, Powerhive and the FCSA as well as recruitment businesses nationwide. 

The acquisition is the latest development in a period of significant growth for Brabners as part of the strategic change programme being led by CEO Robert White and managing partner Nik White. The team from HRC Law joins an employment practice with an international client base whose collective turnover exceeds £15billion.

Nik White, managing partner of Brabners, said: “HRC Law has achieved impressive growth from a standing start and having worked with Simon this acquisition is a perfect cultural fit for both practices and will add significant expertise to our already award-winning employment practice. The UK recruitment sector grew to more than £35billion last year and is an area in which we are keen to strengthen.

“The specialist knowledge within HRC will complement our existing practice and enhance the breadth of services we can offer to clients, both existing and new. We look forward to welcoming Simon, his team and HRC’s clients as they become part of the Brabners family and as we work together to achieve our combined growth aspirations.”

Simon Whitehead, HRC Law founder and now partner at Brabners, said: “We have developed an exceptional client base over the last six years, building partnerships with clients who value our specific legal expertise along with the supportive, entrepreneurial culture that has set us apart from other firms. There’s a huge opportunity within the recruitment sector as it faces challenges and opportunities from changes such as the Good Work Plan, workforce challenges from Brexit and the extension of IR35.

“Returning to Brabners certainly feels like a homecoming and provides a fantastic opportunity to enhance our offer to our clients, in an environment where each firm’s approach, outlook and values are aligned.”

HRC Law’s employees have relocated from the firm’s base on Exchange Street to Brabners’ Manchester office on King Street. Brabners, which has more than 380 staff, also has offices in Liverpool and Preston.

Simon Whitehead  can be contacted on 0161 836 8844 or by email -