Partner, Employment Napthens

Chris Boyle

Role: Partner
Dept: Head of Employment & HR
Locations: Preston, Liverpool
Direct Dial: 01772 904279
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Chris is head of Napthens' employment & HR team and acts for businesses ranging from plcs to small owner-managed businesses dealing with general HR advice and Employment Tribunal claims including unfair dismissal, discrimination, TUPE and breach of contract. He also deals with commercial agents’ disputes and High Court breach of contract claims.  Chris also acts for employees and senior executives in Employment Tribunals and the High Court and negotiates severance packages when necessary.

With a wealth of experience in advising a wide range of clients and his enthusiasm and determination to provide excellent client service, Chris plays a key role on Napthens' Executive Board as Head of Clients.


Chris has particular expertise in the leisure and manufacturing sectors. He acts for a range of companies including public companies, owner managed businesses and small to medium enterprises. He also acts for individual directors and senior employees.


Chris joined Napthens in 2004 after qualifying in 2001 and he became partner in 2008. He passed his law school exams at Manchester Metropolitan University and shortly afterwards obtained a postgraduate diploma in Employment Law from the same University.  In addition to his role heading up the employment team, Chris became a member of Napthens' Board in 2017 as Head of Clients.

Memberships and Awards

Chris is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

In the Legal 500 guide to the legal industry, his employment & HR team has been recommended for employment law services in the north west and Chris himself noted as leading a 'proactive team.'

More about Chris Boyle

Which actor would you choose to play you on TV or film?
Buster Keaton

How do you like to relax out of work?
Playing cricket and rolling the wicket

Who would be your ultimate 3 dinner guests?
Shane Warne, Winston Churchill, Frankie Boyle

If you had an alternative career – what would be your fantasy job?
Fighter pilot