About Philip

Philip joined Machins in August 2021 and is a solicitor in the Employment team.  He studied law at Coventry University before completing the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Birmingham.

Prior to joining Machins, Philip trained with a Bedfordshire firm.

He takes a pragmatic approach in his matters in order to ensure that both employees and employers know what is in their best interests going forward.


I employed the services of Philip who was simply outstanding. An absolute professional, compassionate and provided excellent advice. His speed of resolution was fantastic, couldn’t recommend more.
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I would highly recommend Philip Bain if you are trying to negotiate an exit deal with a difficult employer. He has been a great support and was always so helpful with any questions.
Google 5* Review
Remarkable Employment Solicitor Employment solicitor Philip Bain helped me out of a very difficult LGBTQIA+ discrimination circumstance and secured a positive outcome for me. His finesse in handling the situation and emotions that evolved was remarkable. I looked for an employment solicitor because I was lost under all the secrecy and hedging that have been applied over a discrimination situation. I had no voice to deal with it. However, Phil was my voice. He listened, understood, clarified, and planned a strategy to deal with the case. He is professional, understanding, and highly knowledgeable. A leader in his field, I would recommend Phil to everyone in need of employment issues. Phil, thank you very much.
Philip Bain and his Paralegal Nasim were absolutely top notch! 5 Stars! If I could give more I would! Professional, efficient, caring and explained every step efficiently and without making me feel like I knew absolutely nothing (which in honestly, I actually didn’t!) Would recommend without a doubt. Philip is an amazing asset to the Company and I can’t thank him enough.
Google 5* Review
I have recently used Machins Solicitors for an employment matter and was impressed from start to finish with their service. Phil Bain was in-charge of my case and was absolutely incredible, he kept me updated every step of the way, answered every question I had and was a pleasure to deal with. Phil is a credit to the Machins team, would highly recommend Machins solicitors to everyone.
Google 5* Review
Philip Bain is an absolute professional. He supported me in resolving a workplace dispute, gave me reasonable expectations and helped me achieve a resolution that I wanted. He was very open to my suggestions, what I felt was key and took the time to understand my case in detail. He is empathetic and patient which is exactly what you need in stressful situations. I would highly recommend him in supporting both employees and employers in Employment Law matters. I couldn’t recommend him enough. Thank you again.
Google 5* Review
Machins Solicitors LLP is absolutely fantastic, the whole team has been ever so helpful. Phillip Bain has filled me with confidence that we will come out on top
Legal 500 2024
The service I received from Philip and his team was exceptional. Supportive, friendly, balanced advice, great communication and very efficient are just a few words I’d use. At a difficult time Philip and the team made it easy and stress free for me.
Review Solicitors 5*
Philip Bain provided first class service, empathetic, and guided me through everything with knowledge and clear explanations. He was responsive and we completed the process together with ease. Thanks again Phil.
Review Solicitors 5*
Great service from Philip Bain. He guided me through a very difficult employment situation, provided easy to understand advice and brought about an excellent outcome. Polite, friendly, highly recommend.
Thank you for helping me with my settlement agreement. Your help made this a smooth and stress less transaction and I thank you for the work you did on my behalf to complete.
I dealt with Philip for my case and he was very helpful, always available and promptly answered any queries I had. The process was smooth, I would highly recommend his services.
Google 5* Review
Very, very impressed with the professionalism, advice, care and communication provided by Philip Bain. Excellent solicitor. I will recommend Machins as a result of this experience. Also, as there was a time constraint Philip reacted very quickly to all my contacts with him.
I found your service very expedient but also very thorough.
I was passed on the details of Philip Bain to assist me agreeing a suitable settlement agreement following a departure from a senior role within a business. Philip was absolutely fantastic in assisting me through a difficult and emotional experience, his cool and calm manner certainly helped calm my nerves and help me to secure a suitable arrangement which suited both parties. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Philip to anyone who needs assistance with Employment Law, 5 stars doesn't seem to be enough!
Very, very impressed with the professionalism, advice, care and communication provided by Philip Bain. Excellent solicitor. I will recommend Machins as a result of this experience. Also, as there was a time constraint Philip reacted very quickly to all my contacts with him.
I cannot thank Philip Bain, and all at Machins, Luton enough. Philip was brilliant in assisting me and resolving a recent employment issue. I would highly recommend Philip and Machin’s to anyone looking for a solicitor.
I worked with Philip Bain and David Rushmere from Machins Solicitors. The service was fantastic, smooth, I felt listened to and all my queries were responded on time and without any delays. I would recommend Machins Solicitors to anyone who needs an employment advice. Thank you.
I had no experience with Employment Law Philip Bain patiently explained and guided me through all my needs superb service all the way to the the lovely lady on reception would thoroughly recommend top class
Philip guided and supported me throughout with quick and efficient responses. Very professional and knowledgeable with all intentions to help me and not himself. Would highly recommend Philip and the Machins Solicitors.
Google 5* Review
Phillip & his team were simply brilliant. Clear communications, keeping me in the loop at every stage. Highly recommended
Google 5* Review
Philip was very helpful and professional. The matter was swiftly resolved.
Google 5* Review
Philip Bain has been first class in a matter that he dealt with for me. Knowledgeable, friendly and able to explain technical elements simply, he was also very quick to respond and get the batter resolved in a timely manner.
Google 5* Review
Phil in particular was always to the point and pragmatic and had a no nonsense approach
My sincere thanks to you & your team for making what has been a difficult process to date, so easy & more importantly stress free!!
Professional service, extremely helpful in difficult situations
Philip Bain helped me through a very difficult process and managed to achieve more than I could have hoped for. He listened to me at all times and fully understood and supported my aims. I couldn't have achieved this without his professional and efficient approach.
Thank you Machins and specifically Philip Bain for your expert advice and assistance with my employment law issues. The advice given was direct and prompt and helped me find a solution from a difficult situation. I highly recommend this company.
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Latest news by Philip Bain

Changes in the Family Procedure Rules steer parties away from the court room and towards non-court dispute resolution.   

From 29th April 2024, there are significant changes to the Family Procedure Rules, promoting the court’s powers to encourage parties to attend non-court dispute resolution at every stage in proceedings, for matters involving children and/or a financial dispute.     The court will require parties to file and serve Form FM5, setting out their views on

Successful application for termination of Parental Responsibility

Termination of Parental Responsibility is rarely made by the Court and only ever in exceptional circumstances. Following a recent private family law case acting for a mother who successfully obtained a termination of Parental Responsibility order to end the father’s Parental Responsibility, we asked Laura Martin-Read, Senior Associate Solicitor to explain what Parental Responsibility is

Spring Budget – Key highlights for businesses

Jeremy Hunt delivered his Spring Budget on 6 March, and it will probably be his last major fiscal announcement ahead of this year’s anticipated general election. With a focus on reducing tax for the working population and helping parents, there were several announcements in the Budget that affect businesses and employees which I consider and

Government announces employment law changes to boost economy

The government has unveiled a series of employment law reforms aimed at boosting the economy and reducing costs for businesses. The measures include changes to the Working Time Regulations 1998, the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE), and non-compete clauses. The measures are set out in the policy paper ‘Smarter Regulation to Grow

TUI discriminated against employee during redundancy process

By Business Employment

The law on redundancy can seem complex and demanding to an employer. When making staff redundant, employers need to ensure that they follow a fair process that recognizes an employee’s rights while also seeking to achieve the organization’s goals in making the redundancy in the first place (e.g. saving cost). Throughout the redundancy process, the employer

Positive Discrimination

By Business Employment

The employment tribunal decision in Furlong v The Chief Constable of Cheshire Police  reminds employers that the ‘tie-breaker’ exemption should not be used as a blanket policy to favour underrepresented groups with shared protected characteristics in a recruitment selection process. Doing so would amount to unlawful discrimination under the Equality Act 2010. In this case, a well-intentioned police

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