Chris Aldridge

Recent Work

Chris is a partner in our Employment team.

He supports clients with the full spectrum of legal and HR issues that arise during the employment life cycle, from recruitment to post-termination matters.

Chris specialises in complex advisory work and multiparty Employment Tribunal litigation, often involving complex whistleblowing and discrimination claims. He has particular experience in defending claims brought against companies and directors named as individual respondents.

Chris is frequently instructed to provide sensitive and strategic advice on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment issues, including large-scale reorganisations and the application of TUPE. He advises on director/shareholder disputes, often requiring the negotiation of settlement terms including the disposal of shares and the drafting of restrictive covenants, and is regularly instructed by senior executives exiting a business who require the negotiation of a settlement agreement.

Chris is instructed to draft various types of legal documentation, such as settlement, service, secondment and consultancy agreements, and company handbooks. 

He also works closely with the corporate team to advise on the employment aspects of M&A, restructures (including as a consequence of insolvency) management buy-outs, share schemes and complex exit agreements. In addition, he advises on the employment aspects of the lR35 regime and data protection issues.

Chris’s clients vary from international household names in retail, hospitality and technology, to SMEs such as recruitment practices, technology start-ups, as well as senior executives.

He is a regular speaker at CIPD and local business networking events.

Chris joined Acuity from a major firm in the Southwest of England, where he was head of the Employment team.

  • Multiparty Employment Tribunal litigation
  • Bringing or defending complex whistleblowing and discrimination claims
  • Director/shareholder disputes
  • All types of contentious and non-contentious employment issues
  • Large-scale reorganisations, including the application of TUPE
  • Post-termination advice – breaches of confidentiality and restrictive covenants
  • Employment aspects of M&A, restructures, MBOs, share schemes and complex exit agreements

Recent work highlights while at BPE Solicitors include:

  • Advising the Board of a quasi-government department on the dismissal of its CEO and two executive directors
  • Advising a German company of the UK legal implications of a £20 million asset purchase and restructure of its UK operations
  • Advising an £8 billion-turnover company based in Germany on its UK legal obligations relating to the employment and termination of staff and the handling of Data Subject Access Requests
  • Advising a PLC events company on a complicated bonus dispute of a senior director and the preparation of senior executive contracts across the UK and Europe
  • Preparing and delivering an IR35 training course for the senior management of a UK transport delivery organisation
  • Advising a communications company on the exit of its founder, CEO and 30% shareholder following serious mental health issues and conduct concerns. The company was valued at more than £100 million and the exit related to the disposal of the employee’s shares
  • Chris is ranked as a Next Generation Partner by The Legal 500
  • The Employment team is ranked Band 2 by Chambers and Partners
  • The Employment team is ranked Tier 2 in The Legal 500
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