Chris Pavlou

Partner in Employment

+44 (0)845 257 9449

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Chris undertakes a wide range of contentious and non-contentious work in all aspects of employment law, and is highly experienced in advising a wide range of clients, from multinational companies to SMEs and individuals on various matters, including: share and business sale / purchases; TUPE, settlement agreements, senior executive terminations / exit strategies, restructures, whistleblowing, international assignments, employment tribunal litigation. He is also skilled in delivering bespoke training programmes to clients.

Chris spent time working at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he supported Global Technology and Operations and worked closely with Legal, HR, Compensation, Staffing and Compliance divisions, and rolled out training to management.

Chris approaches matters with common sense and pragmatism, giving strategic advice to get the best outcome for his clients.  He was listed in the Legal 500 directory 2017.

Chris's Experience

  • Acting for a large national logistics company on a number of employment tribunal claims
  • Advising an international healthcare product provider on a range of employment law issues
  • Providing advice to a large international organisation on the restructure of part of its business
  • Advising a senior executive on the termination of his employment, including advice on his directorship, shareholding and share option schemes
  • Advising an organisation on the overseas assignment of employees to China, Australia and the USA

When Chris is not showing off his “killer” (his words!) backhand on a tennis court, he enjoys travelling, film and theatre, going to the gym and skiing. He also has a love for his mother’s Greek cooking and takes an active interest in the family food business!


I have worked closely with Chris for several years across a number of complex cases and he is extremely personable yet commercially aware. Chris has a client focused approach and always tailors his legal advice taking into account the unique circumstances associated with our industry and organisation. In addition to the excellent legal advice, Chris also delivered exceptional and bespoke Disciplinary/Grievance and Performance Management training to our management teams.


Chris is not only an excellent lawyer who I very much enjoy working with, but he is very personable, approachable, commercial, straight talking and gets the job done! He’s a problem solver with a great sense of humour. I know when I contact him he gives me straight answers. He also has a calming influence when we are faced with complex employment issues. What I also like about Chris is that he is not your typical lawyer; he is genuinely interested in our business and how it operates, and I very much see him as part of the team who works closely with us to find solutions to problems we are faced with. He will not hedge his bets and ensures that I have workable and concise solutions to the issues I went to him for help with.


Many thanks again for all your assistance in my case.  You’ve been a lawyer with integrity, passion and a real understanding of your clients requirements and it’s been a pleasure to have you representing me.



If it was not for Chris’ passion, dedication and professionalism I most certainly would not have achieved the positive outcome I have to my case. I was blown away by his integrity , hard work and how he empowered me when I would have crumbled at the first hurdle. He made me feel I was his only client when I knew he was ridiculously busy.  I would be able to write reams on how amazing he is but will keep it brief and say a big thank you.



I have worked with Chris for approximately 4 years.  He is definitely not like any other lawyer I have dealt with previously.  Chris has a great personable, easy manner approach and has an ability to make you feel like part of his team when finding workable solutions to the issue at hand.

Whenever I call him with an issue, he is more than happy to listen to my thought process and suggested solutions, responding with encouragement and guidance, which helps me to build my knowledge and confidence when faced with new or challenging situations.  Always my “go to” person for legal matters!

Gemma Kushner, Head of HR & HSE,  AMANN Group

My firm and I have used Chris/Excello on several occasions particularly to protect us from spurious financially motivated actions by former staff against us.

Compared to other lawyers and legal firms that have previously used, we have been very pleased with Chris’s attention to detail, speed of action and suitable aggression as needed.

The advantage of dealing with Chris is that one person takes ownership and actions things themselves. With other firms we found that detail fell down the cracks with too many people dealing with the job and time was wasted while it was pushed up and down the line of authority.

Bob Newton, Chairman, PFM Ltd

Chris was recommended to me by my personal accountants following my exit as a high-level CEO from my (then) employers. Initially I had contacted Chris to seek advice on what I viewed as overly restrictive covenants within both my service agreements and Shareholder agreements given the circumstances surrounding my exit. Chris agreed to advise me in this respect, but soon after he was aware of the full story, he advised me along a parallel advice path to seek reparation for some very poor treatment by my ex-employer particularly regarding compensation.

Having given c20 years unblemished service I did have some sleepless nights and doubts about the future, but Chris solidly and supportively held me together.

Chris’s tenaciousness certainly got the fairest result possible in a very timely fashion for me and his unerring support was really appreciated.

I would wholeheartedly recommend Chis Pavlou to anyone looking for legal support. He was able to provide legal advice and support on my exit as a director, shareholder and employee. He and his team were just simply excellent.

Chief Executive Officer of a subsidiary global company

Chris Pavlou was recommended to me as an employment lawyer; from my initial consultation it was clear how knowledgeable and supportive he was.  Having Chris manage my case was like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders. Chris co-ordinated the whole process and made a very stressful experience much easier to handle; he was professional, efficient and extremely supportive.  Chris kept me fully informed every step of the way and put my mind at ease on numerous occasions.  Chris consistently made himself fully available to answer my queries, advise on the situation at the time and assist with sound, helpful advice, often to tight timescales.  Chris secured a very desirable outcome to my case, not just financially, but with incredible attention to detail in order to ensure all paperwork agreed was in my best interests.  I highly recommend Chris; his service is absolutely outstanding!

Director and Shareholder

I have recently worked with Chris on an employment law and contract topic and have also sort advice on business related topics. He came recommended to me by other legal professionals and I have subsequently recommended him to others.

Refreshingly clear, supportive and practical employment law advice. Chris is fantastic to work with, responds incredibly quickly and makes difficult situations much easier to manage with pragmatic guidance. An absolute pleasure to work with you.

Senior Executive

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