Adrian Poole

    Adrian Poole


    Phone: 01935 846802

    Location: Yeovil         Position: Partner, Head of Employment, Head of Medical and Care

    Team: Care Homes, Education, Employment, Medical Practice Law

    Specialism: Discrimination, Employee rights, Employment advice and consultancy, Employment tribunal, GP integrations, GP mergers, Grievance and disciplinary, HR advice and consultancy, Licensing law, Medical & care, Redundancy, Settlement agreements, Whistleblowing

    I qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and joined the firm in October 2003. Since qualification, I have acted for clients on a wide range of employment and HR matters, together with undertaking some alcohol and gaming licensing work.

    In the sphere of employment and HR I act for both businesses and individuals, giving effective legal advice on all aspects of HR and employment practice. My work includes taking and defending claims in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and in the higher appeal courts.

    As well as individuals, I act for a broad range of businesses from SMEs to multinational companies. My clients include a large number of charities and GP practices.

    I have recently been working on a number of the integration models affecting General Practice. This has included involvement in the legal fabric behind the local Vanguard initiative as well as being an advocate for practices on an array of different projects.

    My experience allows me to provide effective advice to my clients thereby making the legal process as clear and straightforward as possible. I am approachable and committed, believing it important for there to be a close working relationship between solicitor and client.

    My clients treat me as their trusted advisor, with my business clients believing me to be a crucial part of their HR team. Such relationships are fostered and maintained through regular face-to-face contact whether at one of our offices or at another location of the client’s choosing.

    I have been recommended in both Chambers and the Legal 500.

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    Adrian Poole is ranked as up and coming for Employment in Somerset.

    Chambers UK 2014

    Adrian Poole of Porter Dodson Solicitors remains an active player in Somerset's employment market, notably in cases involving education and medical parties.

    Chambers UK 2015

    Adrian Poole acts for businesses and individuals, and has experience at tribunal and in the appeal courts.

    Legal 500 2014

    Absolutely brilliant service and I feel privileged to have been introduced to Adrian Poole several years ago.


    Adrian offered sensible advice in a timely fashion. He was thoughtful and considered but quick with no time wasting. Very efficient and good experience.


    Adrian was absolutely first class. Always available, responsive, clear and supportive. A pleasure to work with during a difficult process.


    Adrian solved our problems quickly and efficiently and it was well worth the money at the time.

    Mrs A

    Adrian Poole and staff could not have been more diligent, effective, helpful and ultimately successful in representing me. I will always be hugely grateful for Adrian's skill, competence and support.

    Ms C

    The whole engagement process was well explained and Adrian made me feel at ease in what was an unfamiliar situation for myself. I would certainly recommend Porter Dodson's services to anyone else who needed employment law advice.


    Adrian Poole was always available to help guide our business. For a small business such as ours with no specific HR facility, it was comforting to be guided by an expert in such a matter.

    Mr Jackson

    Both my wife and I have the greatest confidence in Adrian and feel we have always received the highest standard of legal advice and personal support.

    Mr F

    The advice and reassurance given to me by Adrian Poole was excellent. I was very pleased with the service he provided. I would definitely recommend Adrian to others.

    Mr B

    Adrian Poole is ‘very down-to-earth and works with sound principles’

    Legal 500 2019

    Excellent legal advice delivered promptly at a difficult time. Much appreciated.

    Mr Rowley

    Adrian Poole and Dawn Robinson have been extremely helpful throughout and cannot recommend them enough. The advice Adrian provided was always very thorough and concise.

    Miss Hallett

    Adrian Poole was very helpful and made things much easier to understand. Very friendly people and made to feel at ease. Kept notified at all times.

    Miss R

    The service provided by Adrian Poole was exceptional; I cannot speak too highly of the energy and professionalism so clearly evident throughout.

    Mr H

    I found Adrian extremely helpful. He dealt with everything, and made a somewhat stressful time in my working life, so much easier to deal with. I was made to feel confident that my case was strong and that I was in expert hands. My experience was all positive.

    Miss F

    'Adrian Poole has a strong technical employment background and really fights for his clients.'

    Legal 500 2020

    'Adrian Poole is approachable and easy to talk to. Very strong knowledge base on all employment matters. He leads the team with humour and purpose.'

    Legal 500 2020

    'Adrian Poole and Sarah Young are both excellent - very pragmatic, easy to work with and realistic about dealing with the practicalities of employment situations.'

    Legal 500 2020

    The service was exceptional- sympathetic towards me as the client and combative towards employer. I felt that I received excellent service and exceptional value for money.

    Mr Evans

    Both Adrian and Dawn were extremely helpful and professional in my dealings with Porter Dodson. I have since recommended their services to family and friends.

    Employment client

    Adrian was very helpful during my case and provided a lot of support. Dawn would also continually keep me up to date on progress. Overall I am happy with how my case was dealt with and appreciate all of the time spent.

    Employment client

    'Adrian Poole was calm, understanding, and maintained excellent perspective. He managed the case over several months as a master conductor, allowing time to play out where needed and responding quickly when required. He was sensitive to the particular demands and challenges of the situation and was incredibly empathic, supportive and helpful on a personal level. His knowledge and understanding of mental health and discrimination law in relation to my case was particularly valuable and ensured a successful outcome. He always worked to keep costs to a minimum and was quick to advise on the options available when I had to make decisions. It was a pleasure to instruct Adrian on this case and I would highly recommend him.'

    Legal 500 2021

    'Adrian Poole is a strong technical lawyer, who is willing to innovate to achieve results. He is passionate about his clients.'

    Legal 500 2021

    'Adrian Poole is an outstanding employment lawyer who is also a master of tactics. He generates high-quality work, which he is able to retain because of his exceptional client care skills. He will always go the extra mile for his client and is never afraid to take on ‘the big boys’ – usually successfully. He thrives in this field and never fails to give 100%. It is a testament to Mr Poole`s dedication to the firm and its clients, that he is still there, leading the team, when he would clearly be an obvious target for many of the bigger firms in the South West and beyond.'

    Legal 500 2021

    'Adrian Poole – very experienced and provided considered, pragmatic and well thought-out advice, excellent analysis of complex scenarios, an incisive mind and logical approach. A very considerate individual.'

    Legal 500 2021

    'Adrian Poole has been a fantastic source of support who has been able to respond to our needs quickly and thoroughly taking the time to explain the advice/approach in a calm and considered way.'

    Legal 500 UK 2022

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