Jim Lister


  • I am a business adviser and employment lawyer, and before joining BLM, I was head of employment at two other national law firms.
  • I have been advising businesses and senior executives for over 25 years, during which time I have worked with household names, international companies and brands, government institutions, local authorities and leading charities.
  • I specialise in strategic employment issues, including reorganisation and restructuring, TUPE transfers, restrictive covenant enforcement and executive terminations, particularly  those involving complex share options, quasi partnership or shareholder issues.
  • My education law practice includes advising foundation and academy schools and multi-academy trusts (MATs) on a full range of education law issues, including admissions, governance, employment and safeguarding.


  • I am the chair of governors of the Loreto grammar school, Altrincham and a trust board member of Park Road Primary School, Timperley, both of which are Outstanding schools. I am a trustee of the Tutor Trust, winner of “Best New Charity” at the 2016 Charity Times Awards.

Contact Details

0161 838 8239


Jim Lister has a ‘great reputation – the calm and friendly advice he provides is invaluable’

Legal 500 2017

Jim Lister earns praise for his detailed and pragmatic approach

Chambers & Partners, 2017

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