Chris Hayes - Employment Solicitor at Napthens

Chris Hayes

Role: Senior Associate Solicitor
Dept: Employment
Location: Liverpool
Direct Dial: 0151 3173355

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Chris advises businesses on the full spectrum of Employment law and HR issues. Chris acts for a broad range of clients, from small owner-managed-businesses, through to well established SMEs and medium sized businesses.

He has a passion for providing the highest standard of client care and ensuring timely and accurate advice at all times.

In particular, Chris prides himself on being able to explain complex employment law matters, in a straightforward manner without any unnecessary legal jargon.

Chris regularly assists businesses with a raft of issues such as: disciplinary and grievances; Contracts of Employment and Policy Handbooks; Directors Service Agreements; Redundancy and re-structures; Settlement Agreements and exit packages; dismissals; “problem employees”; Director disputes; TUPE advice and defending Employment Tribunal claims.

Chris also delivers bespoke training sessions to companies as well as speaking at events on Employment law related topics


Chris’ clients span multiple industries; however, he has particular expertise and client following within the transport, digital, creative, hospitality and service industries.


Chris comes from Northern Ireland and obtained his undergraduate degree there. He subsequently moved to Chester to undertake his postgraduate studies and complete his training with a medium sized Liverpool firm where he qualified as a Solicitor in 2013.  Chris spent several years honing his craft at this firm, becoming a specialist Employment law solicitor.

In 2017 Chris was appointed as Head of Employment law at different medium-sized Liverpool firm, which was embarking on an aggressive period of growth. The acquisition of Chris was a key part of their strategy, the firm having not previously had a specialist Employment law department.

From a standing start, Chris built up an Employment law department and created a team that was quickly acknowledged as being one of the top 3 firms in Merseyside for this specialist area, at the Liverpool Law Society’s 2019 excellence awards.

Chris was attracted to Napthens due to their outstanding reputation in Employment law, impressive commercial client base and their innovative and modern approach when it comes to embracing the latest technology and the efficient utilisation of data.

Perhaps most importantly, Chris was impressed with Napthens commitment to and focus on providing an excellent client experience and the highest standards of client care.  Chris has spent his entire career prioritising the client’s needs and ensuring the highest quality of advice and service are provided. This mantra, coupled with Napthens exciting growth and future plans, made it clear that he wanted to be a part of that journey.

Memberships and Awards

Member of Liverpool Law Society’s Employment Law sub-committee.

More about Chris Hayes

Describe yourself in 3 words

Reliable, hard-working and straight-talking.

Which actor would you choose to play you in a film?

Robert Downey Jr.

Name of your favourite book

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

How do you like to relax out of work?

Spending time with my wife on holiday or in a nice restaurant. You are also likely to find me on a golf course or in my local rugby club.