"Christopher Sing is singled out as 'approachable and extremely knowledgeable'."
(The Legal 500)
Having previously trained as a barrister, Christopher specialises in complex and sensitive employment disputes to actively engage in negotiation and advocacy on behalf of clients.
Christopher also uses his expertise in identifying and managing disputes to support clients to deliver time sensitive large-scale projects and to draft all forms of contractual documentation including settlement agreements.
Christopher was listed as a Recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 (2017 Edition) and is ranked in Chambers (2019 Edition) as a Leading Individual.
- Representing a client and appearing as the advocate in a dispute resulting in a 3-day tribunal case. The case included a claim of automatic unfair dismissal due to an alleged transnational TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment)) transfer to a country outside of the EEA.
- Representing a PLC (Public Limited Company) client and appearing as the advocate in a dispute resulting in a 12-day tribunal case. The case included claims of automatic unfair dismissal due to whistleblowing and asserting a statutory, ordinary unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal and breach of contract. The matter was further complicated due to the reporting requirements of a PLC and officers of the client being personally named as Respondents.
- Representing a client in the leisure industry and appearing as the advocate in a dispute resulting in a 3-day tribunal case involving claims of automatic unfair dismissal (due to whistleblowing and raising a health and safety concern) and ordinary unfair dismissal. The case was of high significance to the client, because any negative findings would have impacted on its future tender responses to its local authority clients.
- Representing a client with media and political sensitivities, including appearing as the advocate, in a dispute resulting in a 3-day tribunal case. The case included a claim of disability discrimination relating to cancer. Christopher defended the discrimination claim, which was of high importance because it related to individuals in the public eye who had previously campaigned for a cancer charity.
Having previously been the Head of Education for a regional law firm and now the Head of Schools for Freeths, Christopher has a particular interest in schools and colleges. His background includes the secure delivery of all the legal aspects of academy conversions (particularly complex multi-school/multi-site projects), second generation academy conversions of academies into large multi-academy trusts, the creation of studio schools and free schools and the restructuring and merger of schools and colleges.
- Defending a prominent independent school in a tribunal claim for disability and sex discrimination, involving matters that were publicly sensitive to a successful conclusion while protecting confidentiality.
- Leading several second generation academy transfers of standalone academies into a larger multi-academy trusts.
- Advising many clients, including a leading university, on protracted employment disputes that involve subject access requests under the Data Protection Act.
- Leading the soft merger of the staff of two schools into an integrated single organisational structure on time and on budget. This was done without any complaints being made in the employment tribunal by staff or the relevant trade unions.
- Advising a national education provider on a complicated and sensitive disciplinary process, following a member of staff coming under suspicion for the murder of a child.
- Gray’s Inn
“Christopher is a breath of fresh air. He always provides timely and very well judged advice and support.”(HR Director, Education Sector)
“Christopher knows the law inside out and uses it to provide practical solutions rather than legal jargon. He takes time to understand the commercial realities before applying the law so I can always rely on his advice to be rooted in the resolution of a potential problem rather than just flagging up legal technicalities.”(Angela Rhodes, Partner, Crispin Rhodes Limited)
“Christopher has always been a pleasure to work with. His advice is both accurate and pragmatic. On those occasions when Chris has had to help us resolve a dispute, we have always been very pleased with the outcome.”(David Harrison, Director, Franklands Insurance & Risk Management)
“Delighted with the personal yet professional service, always providing clear, expert advice on a range of employment law.”(Kerry Lyall, HR Manager, Niftylift)
“The level of service received from Christopher is excellent, he is always able to explain the situation from both the employer and employee perspective to enable a well thought out decision to be made. I always find Christopher easy to contact, even in the most tightest of deadlines and receive an answer directly rather than waiting, which really shows his expertise in the area of employment law. I very much enjoy working with Christopher and find him very personable.”(Tamara Harris, Vitra)
“Christopher Sing of Freeths LLP acts for corporations and educational institutions on a range of matters, including TUPE transfers. Sources say he is ‘very approachable, technically sound and commercially aware.’”(Chambers & Partners)
“Christopher Sing is ‘bright, professional and commercially aware.’ He has particular expertise in education-related work.”(Chambers & Partners)
“Sources highlight new department head Christopher Sing for his ‘outstanding client service, tactical ability and expertise.’ Although best known for his background with clients in the education sector, his recent experience includes advising on cases concerning industries such as finance and leisure.”(Chambers & Partners)
“Practice head Christopher Sing is ‘always able to answer queries and give a good overall view of the situation’ and ‘highly supportive.”(The Legal 500, 2017)
“Christopher Sing of Freeths LLP is ‘very pragmatic and understands business and client needs incredibly well.’ Clients say that he is ‘excellent, very knowledgeable and willing to help in any way he can’.”(Chambers & Partners, 2018)
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