Chris Syder > Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP > Reading, England > Lawyer Profile

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

Daff Richardson  and Eugene Wojciechowski lead the employment team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, a local practice with an international reach which predominantly advises clients in social housing, education, tech, life sciences, financial services and construction and is highly active in boardroom disputes and other litigation. Chris Syder is ‘a superb tactician with a big heart‘  who resolves workplace issues, including through mediation. Tech companies rely on Gemma Woodhouse for advice on contentious and non-contentious matters, as well as discrimination matters.