About us


People Legal was founded by Chris McAvoy-Newns who, since 2008, has been a qualified Solicitor specialising in all aspects of Employment Law.

As well as practising in law firms such as Addleshaw Goddard, Analysis Legal and Eversheds, Chris has also worked in-house for organisations such as BP, British Airways and The Co-operative Group.

Chris is a CEDR-accredited mediator and experienced trainer. He enjoys conducting workplace mediations as well as designing and delivering bespoke training sessions.

Chris was recommended by Legal 500 in 2017 and 2018. In 2017, his “very impressive advocacy skills” were mentioned. In 2018, he was described as a “very client friendly practitioner who is an excellent tactician during the course of protracted litigation”.

Scope of work

People Legal regularly helps both people and businesses.

We are a niche employment law practice based in Cheshire, England. Our objective is to provide people and businesses with the same quality of legal service that they would expect from a national or international law firm, at an affordable price.

We try to adopt a more modern approach to legal services. For example, clients will be able to arrange appointments online and their key documents, together with case updates, will be accessible 24/7 via a secure client portal. For individuals we offer a free legal advice clinic and apply a range of different funding options, including various “no win no fee”​ schemes.

We have experience of working with people and businesses from a broad range of sectors including aviation, transport, energy, retail, financial services, recruitment, pharmaceutical, beauty, education and sport. Our work includes bringing and defending complex and high value claims for discrimination and whistleblowing. One of our particular specialisms involves managing “class actions” in the Employment Tribunal.

We can help you with:

  • Advising about disciplinary/dismissal processes
  • Advising about employment related complaints/grievances
  • Advising about equality and whistleblowing
  • Advice and support with the ACAS early conciliation process
  • Negotiating settlements
  • Advice and representation with Employment Tribunal claims (including advocacy)
  • Conducting investigations into disciplinary and grievance matters
  • Advising about employment risks associated with business changes (outsourcings, insourcings etc) and acquisitions
  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts of employment and service agreements
  • Drafting, reviewing, advising about and negotiating settlement agreements
  • Client training sessions to a range of audiences including lawyers, line managers, HR experts and employee relations managers.
  • Conducting workplace mediations

Some words from our happy clients

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"As a small business we outsource all of our HR to Chris and his team. They are 24/7 and superb in their diligent, careful and intelligent counsel. I commend Chris wholeheartedly", John, Business Owner, Cheshire/London

"I recently worked with Chris on an Employment Tribunal case, which we won. Chris has a great manner, friendly, approachable and open. He is extremely knowledgeable and meticulous in his work. It was an absolute pleasure to work with him. Thank you", Gayle, Operations, FTSE 100, London

"Chris... is a knowledgeable and pragmatic employment lawyer, who built up a strong working relationship with myself and my HR Business Partner colleagues. He ran some great training sessions for our teams to up skill business partners in employment law. Great to work along side with", Iwan, HR, FTSE 100, London

"From the moment I met Chris he came across as knowledgeable, supportive and detailed. He always put me at ease and whenever I had any further questions or queries nothing was too much trouble. Incredibly attentive", Andrew, Operations, FTSE 100, London

"Chris is very professional and very knowledgeable in his field. He plans his strategy carefully and thinks ahead of every action while consulting with client. I definitely recommend this young solicitor as he definitely knows what he is doing", Kiavash, Birmingham

"Chris is a delight to work with - a genuine partner. I quickly came to trust his detailed and thoughtful professional advice. Chris is hugely responsive, energetic and committed to the best outcome possible", Ann, HR, FTSE 100, London

"Chris is able to understand issues quickly and give prompt, accurate and honest advice in employment disputes, leading to a speedy and satisfactory resolution for all parties. He is extremely professional, always making time to be available for any questions and I have no hesitation in recommending his services", Gary, North West

"I would always recommend Chris to provide a thorough and professional service. I would not hesitate to approach Chris for future work", Chloe, HR, North West

"Chris is very knowledgeable, honest and professional and went above and beyond what I would have expected with the support and advice he provided to me. I would highly recommend him without hesitation", Lisa, North West