Phil Hyland, Partner

My role at PJH Law is Author, Coach and Entrepreneur or ACE for short.  As Partner I have over 25 years experience of employment law, 20 years of which are post qualification. Having had care and conduct of over a 1000 employment tribunal cases for both employer and employee.


I have written two books: A Practical Guide to Redundancy  and A Practical Guide to the Law on Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace.

And a further book is in progress on how neuroscience can help HR Practice.

I write haikus for fun. My writer’s blog site is here.


I am a Partner and supervise a team of employment law Solicitors. We work in teams and I am actively involved in dealing with client matters.

I see my role as passing on my knowledge and experience to the team. I have been practising employment law since 1992, covering almost every type of employment law claim, including those to the CAC. Some of my cases have been reported.

My educational qualifications are increasingly irrelevant but they include a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree.

As Coach I instil in the team the ned for lifelong learning.  As a lifelong learner I apply insights from other disciplines to my work, in particular psychology and neuroscience.


At PJH law we have developed our own practice management software, Step. This product will be going to market shortly.

We have also developed an online HR product called ARM, which has been commercialised and is in the market.


Outside work I enjoy travel, running, CPFC, reading, writing, family including my two lovely grand-children.

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I have a degree in law and politics from Hull. I have recently been awarded an Open University MA in literature and have found, to my surprise, that the skills and knowledge I acquired can be usefully deployed at work

Client testimonials

“I was given Philip Hyland’s (pjhlaw) details from an ex-colleague and I’m glad he did. Philip guided me through the process of redundancy and fought hard to secure a settlement payment that I thought was fair and just. I was very happy with the service that Philip provided and I will use him again if faced with a similar situation. Thank you. NB”


 “Philip was a joy to work with at a difficult time, he was efficient, professional, and reassuring.”


“Phil was generous with time and advice. I was particularly impressed by Philip recalling the details of our first meeting even though our second meeting took place eighteen months later. A successful outcome. Excellent service.”

John Atkinson

“I want t say thank you for all the help and guidance I have received since first approaching PJH Law. When the place you work turns against you without cause, your self-esteem takes a real knock, from the first contact with Phil, being believed and being supported starts the healing process. I felt I had sound advice all the way through the process. I also found Phil to be fair and supportive. Many thanks for bringing this ordeal to a close.”

Helen Mumby-Croft

“Advice and guidance delivered in a way which left you feeling well informed but in control. Responsive and timely with a nice way of saying you could push for more if you want to. Highly recommended.”

Andrew Hockley

“Philip was a pleasure to deal with; infinitely patient, crystal clear, and knowledgeable. He obviously has a lot of experience and prepared me every step of the way with what to expect and gave me confidence. No question was too small and I trusted him to do what was right for me. He checked what I wanted and guided me through the negotiations with skill and care for my well-being. When I was feeling low he picked me up and helped me see the future. I looked forward to our calls and was very happy with the results he achieved. I would not hesitate to recommend him or use him in the future.”

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“Taking legal action against an employer can be extremely daunting. From initial advice from Phil which was clear and in “layman’s terms” to completion of the case with both Phil and Samantha. I found the whole process very comfortable and I cannot rate PJH Law highly enough.

If you are in doubt, make an appointment, visit the office, you will be greeted by the friendliest reception team, given clear and accurate advice and the most enormous support.”

Eileen H.

“Philip was extremely helpful and enabled me to get the settlement that I was hoping for when unexpectedly I lost my job. I would definitely recommend using PJH Law to anyone facing a similar issue.”


“Philip gave me excellent advice and I secured the outcome that he predicted and I wanted. He and his team were polite courteous and professional in every encounter I had with them and I would happily recommend them to others.”

Gavin Elsey

“Philip acted for my wife on an extremely difficult employment law matter against her employer and saw it through to a very successful outcome. His kindness, efficiency and common decency in the way that he dealt with it impressed from the very start. His clarity of thinking, brevity and way of explaining complex matters so the lay person can easily understand them was so refreshing. He was always willing to listen to suggestions and treated the client as if they really mattered. Our one regret is that Philip only does employment law as we would use him for everything else too. Would unhesitatingly recommend Philip to anyone seeking employment law advice.”

Mike Weatherstone

“PJH Law provided an excellent quality of advice, blending expertise, pragmatism and humour. Despite the personal challenges posed by the redundancy process, Philip instilled confidence and even made the experience entertaining by exploiting the system obsessed culture of my previous employer in securing a very positive outcome. I have no hesitation in recommending the PJH team and indeed have already done so to several former colleagues.” 


“As a HR Professional, I found myself in the very odd situation of needing someone to bat on my side of the court, which is not easy given my 26 years of experience with employment law and settlement agreement (albeit from the other side of the table). A big dose of gratitude, I am a client for life!”

S. Simone

“I can recommend Philip as an exceptional provider of expert advice in Employment Law practice and its pragmatic application. He has built an exceptional team at PJH Law with real devotion to customer care as much a characteristic of the service offered as their legal expertise, know-how and proactive support. Philip does not dispense the dry and bland ‘what not to do’ directives so common in his field. His approach, and that of his team, is to listen to the client, analyse and understand the situation, culture, background and motivations of all parties before determining an approach that is clear, comprehensive and imaginative. Throughout this he excels in ensuring that the client understands the positions, risks, objectives and likely responses in the inevitable multiple steps that lead to conclusion and, in every case where I have called on his services, success.”

K. Anderson

“Philip is unusual. A lawyer who tells it the way it is. Someone who will genuinely help businesses to achieve the right outcome. I have used Philip in many guises from late 90’s and have always found him, and now his firm, to be excellent.”

L Hibbs

“My experience with PJH Law was not only very pleasant but also very professional. I would not hesitate to recommend Philip and his law practice to any of my acquaintances.”

Thomas Naegeli

“Phil, dealt with my employment matter quickly and efficiently, advising me through a stressful situation and achieving a positive result. I would thoroughly recommend them to anyone seeking assistance on any employment matter.”


“The service was excellent, Phil went above and beyond to ensure the best outcome for me. I would highly recommend, PJHLaw.”


“Philip Hyland and his colleagues from PJH Law gave me the confidence to go ahead and take on the might of the United States of with their fancy barristers and hoards of hangers on and beat them. I was always made to feel at ease during such a traumatic episode of my life and I cannot thank PJH Law enough


“Handled with utter professionalism from start to completion, Philip was very helpful and did much more than I expected for the initial consultation fee.

100% recommend.


“When facing those regrettable situations that any employer inevitably comes across from time to time the options and potential outcomes are usually varied but rarely attractive.

These are the times when you need a reliable, dependable advisor on your side.
PJH provided just such advice, in a friendly, good-humoured and effective manner.
I would unreservedly recommend Philip and his team when you find yourself in need of such support.”


“When facing those regrettable situations that any employer inevitably comes across from time to time the options and potential outcomes are usually varied but rarely attractive.
These are the times when you need a reliable, dependable advisor on your side. PJH provided just such advice, in a friendly, good-humoured and effective manner. I would unreservedly recommend Philip and his team when you find yourself in need of such support.”


” At a time when you are going through a stressful time, I was amazed how much at ease I felt at every meeting I had with Philip, he provided a professional service but at the same time he kept it relaxed amd achieved a great result with his expertise.”


“A very professional service was received from Philip, delivering the desired outcome in my settlement agreement. Have already recommended him to others.”


“Many thanks to Philip and the PJH team for such valuable help.

Professional.  Friendly.  Measured.  There when needed….

Highly recommended.”


“A huge thank you to Philip and the team for their expertise and amazing support. I could not have wished for a better law firm and solicitor to represent me.

I would score 11/10.”


“I was first introduced to Philip Hyland, the Principal in 20O3, when I had a complex human resources problem with my current employer at the time

Philip managed to break down the issue in to bit size pieces, making it such much easier to understand and cope with and dramatically increase the offer that was being made by a huge global IT organisation.

I have no hesitation in recommending PJH Law to anyone facing the uncertainty of redundancy or unemployment.  They show true empathy and understanding.

I have recommended many dear friends to PJH Law over the past two decades. In addition Philip has been there for me on three separate occasions advising and helping greatly in the outcome. To my knowledge everyone that has had contact with Philips law firm have been impressed and have received considerably higher settlements, than if they had just accepted the initial offers.”


“Philip was a pleasure to work with: excellent advice, patient, pragmatic, professional and human. He kept the focus on the outcome we were seeking (and achieved). I have instructed solicitors many times as an employer and so I had a strong feeling for what I needed to support me through a personal challenge. I would have no hesitation in recommending Philip and PJH Law. Thank you.”


“I engaged with PJH Law/Philip Hyland following a recommendation from an X work colleague. I can honestly say that Philip and the team went above and beyond to resolve what was a difficult redundancy case. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending PJH Law.”

Alan Lewis

“Thank you Phil, it was a pleasure to work with you and a stellar experience all round. I remain extremely grateful for your expert legal assistance and brilliant letter writing.”

Jonathan Lea


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