About Adam Brett
Since 1978 has worked as a qualified solicitor, for most of this time as a Partner. His initial training and experience was gained at L’Estrange and Brett Solicitors in Belfast, where for many years he jointly led the litigation department. He also acted as Staff Partner responsible for policies, procedures, recruitment, disciplinary and related matters. As joint head of litigation in a major Belfast practice he has wide experience of most types of litigation. This has included advice to many public sector and not-for-profit bodies of all sizes, including Universities, colleges, schools, NDPB’s such as NITB, the Police Fund for Northern Ireland, Invest NI, SEUPB.
For most of his career prior to joining JCB he had been principal adviser to Queen’s University Belfast on contentious and non-contentious matters. Examples include actual and threatened judicial reviews about student fees, the interpretation of the University’s own Statutes and the interaction with laws and regulations, alleged race and other discrimination in relation to the provision of services, intellectual property disputes, injunctions against aggressive students, staff or third parties, advice on governance issues and challenges, and responding to enquiries/investigations by outside bodies or regulators. He worked with the University’s information manager on Freedom of Information and DPA requests and possible appeals to the Information Tribunal.
Adam has worked on issues arising from mergers and acquisitions. This has included advice on issues arising from the merger of Belfast and Castlereagh Colleges to create Belfast Metropolitan College as well as the mergers/separation of Housing Associations, public and charitable organisations, Schools and many private businesses, often involving specific legislative provisions .
Adam is widely regarded as an expert of TUPE and Servicee Provision change in Northern Ireland. He is also an expert on the new Parental Leave Regulations.
Adam has been a member of a number of working groups for the Charity Law Association and the Employment Lawyers Group providing input both before and during consultation on proposed new laws and regulations to be made under those provisions. He has particular experience in charity law, advising a range of clients on the implications of the Charities Act (NI) 2008 as it comes into force. He brings to this significant experience as a Charity Trustee, having been a member of the Northern Ireland Committee of a major charity for some 15 years, and a Council Member for 9 years. He assisted the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland in the disputed interpretation of public benefit and the need for amending legislation.
He has advised a range of clients on provision of services to users, including the Police Fund for Northern Ireland in respect of its grants policy and challenges, and a range of Housing Associations on services. He has also advised several organisations on provision of helplines, websites and other communications with service users and the public.
- MA – Modern History, Oxford University, England
- Certificate of Professional Legal Studies, Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
- Qualified Solicitor and Member of the Law Society of Northern Ireland since 1978. Qualified to practice and holds a current practising certificate for Northern Ireland.
Membership of professional organisations and public bodies
- Former Chairman and current Committee member of the NI Employment Lawyers Group.
- Member of the Employment Lawyers Association.
- Member of the Charity Law Association.