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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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Chris is a partner in the employment team. His practice covers all aspects of English employment law, ranging from gender pay and the employment law implications of TUPE through to employment tribunal cases, handling senior level grievances/disciplinaries and corporate support. As one of our San Francisco champion partners, his role includes working closely with US and international companies on employment law and international expansion issues. A CEDR accredited mediator, Chris has a keen interest in employment and commercial mediation. He has significant experience in the construction and infrastructure, professional services, and engineering sectors, having been instructed by many leading organisations and senior executives. From November 2011 to June 2017, Chris was the CBI’s governing body representative for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and fully understands the emerging supply chain and human rights opportunities and risks faced by businesses, especially those that are obliged to comply with the UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015. Chris is based in Reading but regularly works out of our London and San Francisco offices. He was previously head of employment at a London-based international law firm and has more than a decade of successful City experience.


Trained Gryll & Paige Solicitors; qualified 1997; assistant solicitor Nalders Solicitors 1997-2001; assistant solicitor Clarks Legal 2001-04; partner Clarks Legal 2004-07; partner and head of employment Davies Arnold Cooper 2007-11; partner DAC Beachcroft LLP 2011-13; partner Penningtons Manches Cooper 2013-to date.




Richard Lander secondary school, Truro; De Montfort University (2004 LLB (Hons) 2(1)); 2005 LPC, commendation).

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Employment > Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

With offices in Oxford and Reading, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP offers comprehensive employment advice to clients from sectors including social housing, education, technology and construction. Daff Richardson co-leads the education sector group and provides guidance on business protection issues, reorganisations, restructurings, and senior executive appointments and departures. Eugene Wojciechowski advises on employment tribunal hearings, including those relating to complex unlawful discrimination and whistleblowing claims. David Bickford, Chris Syder  and Gemma Woodhouse  all joined the team in 2019, having relocated from the Basingstoke office. Senior associate Victoria Spires is a name to note.