How we help

People Legal regularly helps both people and businesses

We provide people and small businesses with the quality of employment law service that they should expect from a national or international law firm, at an affordable price.

We can do this as our Founder, Chris McAvoy-Newns, spent the majority of his career working as a Solicitor for such law firms.

We adopt a more modern approach to legal services. For example, clients can arrange appointments online and their key documents, together with case updates, can be made accessible 24/7 via a secure client portal. For individuals we provide free initial legal advice and apply a range of different funding options, including various “no win no fee” arrangements. Our software allows clients to sign documents online making it easier for you to work with us.

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, as well as unfair dismissal. 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 mediation

Some words from our happy clients

Arrange a chat to become one of them!

"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 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 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

"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

"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

"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 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 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 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