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Jim Lister Principal Lawyer, Business

Experience Profile

Jim is a business adviser and employment lawyer who heads up the business team at Slater and Gordon in Manchester, having previously been the head of the employment department at Pannone.

He has been advising businesses and senior executives for over 25 years, during which time he has established himself as one of the leading employment lawyers in the North of England. Long-term client relationships include those with the Bank of England, Kelloggs, Reebok, Radisson Hotels and Tetra Pak.

Jim specialises in strategic employment issues for businesses, including re-organisation and restructuring, TUPE transfers, restrictive covenant enforcement and executive terminations, particularly those involving complex share option quasi partnership or shareholder issues.

Particular sector expertise includes care (including CQC and barring issues), primary and secondary education, recruitment, hospitality, construction and engineering. He is also an experienced and engaging speaker on employment law issues.

Alongside his employment practice, Jim also advises on a wide range of education law issues, including school governance, safeguarding, data protection and Freedom of Information, admissions and exclusions, parental complaints and HR matters involving teaching and non-teaching staff. Jim is a foundation Governor of the Loreto Grammar School, Altrincham, and a trustee of both the National education charity the Tutor Trust and a primary multi academy trust.


  • TUPE transfers
  • Business re-organisation and restructuring
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Commendations from legal directories

Career history

  • 1996 – 2014: Pannone, partner in 1998 and head of employment in 2007.
  • 2014-current: Slater and Gordon, head of business employment.


Jim has been recognised as a leading business adviser in the main legal directories for many years;

  • “Clients praise Jim Lister for his employment law prowess– he strikes the right balance between answering specific questions with technical information, while assessing the issue in a practical way” – Chambers 2015
  • “The very bright Jim Lister is recommended at Slater and Gordon” – Legal 500 2015
  • Away from work, Jim is a foundation Governor of a selective grammar school and a trustee of a primary school Academy trust, and advises widely on education law.
  • Chambers and Partners: Jim earns praise for his detailed and pragmatic advice.
  • Chambers and Partners 2017


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