Annabel Cole


21 Sussex Innovation Centre
University of Sussex
Science Park Square
Falmer, Brighton,


01273 284 210

Practice Areas

Consultant Solicitor

I joined cognitive Law in 2016 specialising in employment law. Based in Brighton, I advise businesses and individuals on all legal matters relating to employment law.

I qualified as an employment solicitor in 2001 and practiced in Westminster law firms, Winckworth Sherwood and Campbell Hooper for 8 years with offices just around the corner from the Houses of Parliament.

In 2009, Campbell Hooper merged with Speechly Bircham and I found myself working in a City firm just off Fleet Street. After more than 10 years working in London, I decided to leave the city for the fresh air of the coast and Brighton in order to join a regional firm.

Before I joined Cognitive Law, as an Employment Consultant Solicitor in December 2016, I worked at Loch Employment Law in Brighton and Tunbridge Wells. Throughout my career I have relished the different working environments which I have experienced.

Working in partnership with senior executives and business owners, Annabel guides SMEs and start-ups during critical times, such as restructuring, change management or addressing employee management issues.

Together they navigate their employment relationships including contractual negotiations, settlement agreement terms and long term employee absence.

Annabel specialises in creating proactive absence management systems for clients which save time and money in the long run. Long term employee absence can be difficult for employers to deal with but through strategic planning clients can avoid the HR process becoming remote and disconnected. Employers can manage communication with staff in a way that isn’t process driven and avoid exiting staff. Annabel helps clients understand conduct rules and manage associated risk.

Annabel also advises on outsourcing, TUPE, discrimination, discipline and grievances, dismissals, whistleblowing, redundancy, unfair dismissal, collective consultation, employment disputes, employment tribunals, confidentiality, restrictive covenants, injunctions, mediation and dispute resolution. Her clients operate within the financial services, media, private sector healthcare, recruitment or professional services industries.

Whatever the industry, Annabel gets to know her clients so she can provide cost effective, tailored advice. She believes in providing clients with transparency on fees and will ensure that you are kept informed so that there are no surprises. Annabel can provide a customised fee structure with fee limits, retainer arrangements or fixed costs for document reviews and contracts.

Why I ditched the traditional law firm set up to become a consultant solicitor

"Annabel is professional, friendly, easy to contact and clearly experienced and focused on supporting my with my case and reacting accordingly to provide the best service and advice."

L, M

"Outstanding professionalism, expertise, knowledge and execution. Just as importantly; your manner, your assuredness, your reading not just of the situation but of myself and what was in my best interests, your advice, your communication and your genuine caring interest in protecting myself and my business was incredible. Key; I felt I could trust you completely, a rarity in the murky world of business/Legal."


"Excellent and friendly nothing was too much. Very approachable and efficient. I would highly recommend."


"I have known Annabel for a few years now and would highly recommend her for good sound employment advice which has been invaluable to me in the past. She seems to have the ability to reduce complex legal situations and the associated advice in a way that is understood by the layman. This is a rare thing in my experience."

Neal Verman LLB, Chartered FCIPD

"Noble Legal have turned to Annabel as our ‘go to’ employment lawyer since inception 10 years ago and we have found her on every occasion to be extremely helpful in terms of writing contracts, advising on the implications of ever-changing employment law, ad hoc queries and the odd concern. She has always been responsive and a pleasure to work with. She offers pragmatic business advice, she is concise and knows how to get to the heart of the matter and find a business solution swiftly and effectively. We shall continue to work with Annabel so long as she wishes to continue to act on our behalf and we have no hesitation in recommending her for the flawless service she provides."

Daniel Smith, Director and Owner at Noble Legal

"Known for getting excellent results for her clients, and being absolutely dedicated to their needs, Annabel is a hugely talented and respected employment lawyer. Professional, fun and a real joy to work with."

Philip Henson, Partner and Head of Employment at ebl miller rosenfalck

Our People
Lucy Tarrant
Solicitor & Managing Director
Annabel Cole
Consultant Solicitor
Brigitte Shakespeare
Consultant Solicitor
Carmen Calvo
Consultant Solicitor
Darren Stone
Consultant Solicitor
Jenny Walker
Consultant Solicitor
Karen Blakesley
Consultant Solicitor
Mayumi Hawkes
Consultant Solicitor
Michele Henderson
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Rehana Ali
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Richard Bates
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Simon Wood
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Sue Clements
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