About Christopher Hitchins

An employment lawyer who advises on all aspects of company operations, Christopher Hitchins does more than protect his clients' legal interests. He also protects their workplace cultures and reputations as employers. Chris' practice goes beyond traditional employment matters to encompass broader areas such as data privacy, pensions and benefits, and commercial issues. He also helps employers design strategies to incentivise workers, raise workforce standards and take other action to realise their goals and values as a company.

HR counsel that enhances management efficiency

Looking up the law on any particular issue isn't a great challenge. Chris and his team add value for clients by finding ways to conform with the law that enhance their retention and recruitment efforts while also reducing legal risk.

Representing clients across all sectors, he is particularly active with clients in the financial services and hospitality and leisure industries. For employers, he handles all day-to-day employment law and human resource compliance issues that may arise, including in respect of environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), modern slavery, anti-money-laundering and immigration issues, as well as traditional areas such as holiday pay, performance management, and advising on family-friendly rights. With extensive international expertise, he also helps clients' businesses operate effectively across borders.

Whether Chris is defending employers in a discrimination case, drafting employment contracts or designing benefits policies, he helps his clients manage HR matters more efficiently. They are free to focus on expanding their businesses, secure that they have counsel taking a cost-effective and consistent approach to issues across their workforce, enhancing their reputation as a good place to work. Providing that security is what makes Chris a long-term, trusted adviser to his clients.

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Practice Focus

  • Day-to-day employment law advice
  • Employment contracts, benefits and incentives
  • Data privacy obligations and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Transfer of Undertakings (TUPE) Regulations
  • Employment tribunals and High Court litigation
  • General commercial contracts