Chris joined Stephens Scown in 2008, qualifying as a chartered legal executive in 2009. Now an experienced senior associate in the employment team, Chris has specialised in employment law since 2013. He also has knowledge of family law, having spent more than ten years (up to 2013) working in the sector.
With a passion for employer support work, Chris has maintained long and valued relationships formed with many employer clients. Thanks to his regular connections and client care excellence, these relationships have spanned numerous years from his initial contact through to successful matter resolutions.
A strong proponent of prevention being better than cure, Chris is a key member of our HRExpress service, providing pragmatic day-to-day HR and employment law advice. This allows clients not only to have confidence in the decisions they are making, but also to implement those decisions with clarity, certainty, and expert support.
Chris prides himself on not just churning out black letter law advice; going above and beyond to get to know his clients in order to better understand their unique requirements, ensuring his advice is targeted to meet their specific, personal wants and needs.
Chris advises on the full spectrum of employment law, his expertise including matters related to:
- Senior exits
- Business reorganisations
- Settlement agreements
- Disciplinary and grievance processes
- Capability issues
- Discrimination issues
- Whistleblower protections
- Contracts and policies
His breadth and depth of knowledge sees Chris support organisations from a wide range of sectors, with a particular interest in both the mines and minerals, and food and drink sectors.
Recent work includes:
- Supporting clients with updating employment contracts and policies
- Representing an employee on complaints of pregnancy and maternity discrimination
- Representing an employee on claims of unfair dismissal and disability discrimination
- Advising a manufacturing client on a new bonus structure
- Advising a financial client on varying commission terms for its workforce
- Multiple settlement agreements for employers (drafting and implementing) and employees (advising on terms and effect and negotiating changes where necessary)
Chris is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, as well as sitting on the Board of charity Cornwall Mind.
Chris’ personal testimonials:
“The way Chris Morse works with Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles adds huge value. This is because Chris has a deep understanding of the Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles business model, enabling him to provide very accurate tailored advice. Chris’ ability to convey complex legal issues through simple language was a key added value benefit of using the firm.”
Stephen Riley – Head of Organisational Development
“Chris represented me for nearly two years in a tribunal for unfair dismissal from my job. During a difficult period of time for me, he was at all times very professional, caring, and he kept me informed and updated at all times.”
Kevin Lucock – private individual
“I cannot speak highly enough of Chris and his team and Stephens Scown. From our first ever meeting he immediately put me at ease, and you felt that he was a lawyer who genuinely had your best interests at heart. He is very professional but also very personable which is so important. The reassurance he gives my business is vital and I always feel comfortable contacting him about issues no matter how big or small they are. I have nothing but positives about Chris and he is a credit to Stephens Scown Solicitors and the legal profession as a whole.”
Spencer Casey – Business & Strategic Partner (2021)
“I cannot recommend Chris highly enough. His knowledge and area expertise are excellent, he conducts himself professionally and diligently at all times. Always looking for the strongest route, and actually encouraged me to continue with a (very successful) course of action when I was ready to finish. A true professional and a credit to his Company, I have already recommended him to several ex-colleagues who I know will benefit from his wisdom. Every matter was dealt with expediently and efficiently, with my desired outcome the sole aim. What made this level of service exceptional was that due to COVID, we were never able to meet face to face. Every communication was only able to be had via phone or email- fantastic service. This is the guy you want in your corner for a battle!”
Jason Hopkins – General Manager (2021)
“Chris is a fantastic guy, very helpful and always willing to help. He goes the extra mile for his clients to meet their requirements or deadlines. He has great knowledge and expertise in his field and would certainly recommend him to anyone who is looking to use him and his services. Great work Chris and thanks again.”
Joel Glazebrook – Director (2020)
Chris enjoys living in Cornwall and being out in the fresh air, so will often be found walking on the beach or along the coast with his two young children, or out on his paddleboard.
- Contracts, Agreements, Pay and Benefits
- Contracts and Handbooks
- Disciplinary and Grievance Issues (Business)
- Disciplinary and Grievance Issues (Personal)
- Employee Dismissal and Settlement Agreements
- Employment Law
- Employment Tribunal Claims
- Food and Drink
- Restructuring and Redundancies
- Sickness Absence and Stress
- Sickness Absence Management
- Takeovers, Mergers and TUPE
- Unfair Treatment
- Workplace Disputes (Business)
- Workplace Disputes (Personal)