Peter Done: Managing Director and Founder
Peter Done is Peninsula’s Founder and Managing Director.
In 1983, he started Peninsula with his brother, Fred, to offer 24/7 employment law, HR and health & safety support to small & fast-growing businesses. The reason?
The Done brothers had previously suffered poor legal advice at an employment tribunal, which led to them paying a hefty settlement. They realised SMEs needed a better, more affordable option…
Peninsula was launched as the first consultancy to make HR and health & safety services accessible to businesses of all sizes. From writing staff contracts and health & safety policies to tribunal representation, Peninsula offered complete support to take the stress out of running a business—without the expense of a local solicitor. As a result, the business grew to be the market leader.
Today, Peninsula looks after over 33,742 companies in the UK. It also offers services worldwide, with offices in the Republic of Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
In 2018 & 2019, Glassdoor named Peter as one of the UK’s top CEOs, and The Sunday Times includes Peninsula in its annual Best Places to Work list. Peter is also regularly published in the Financial Times and Forbes.
And out of the office, he’s an avid match-going Manchester United fan.
Recent Blog Posts By Peter Done: Managing Director and Founder
Here’s what I know: wherever you’re based, communication is the most important tool
Running a global business isn’t just the remit of major international conglomerates. Many small- to medium-sized businesses have elements of internati... Read More
Here's what I know: workplace burnout is a serious business
Imagine an illness of epidemic levels swept through the workplaces of the UK. This epidemic was so enormous that it caused 45 million working days to ... Read More
Here’s what I know: the times are a-changin’
All organisations evolve, and the workplace is no different. Change is to be expected as technologies evolve and different generations come into the w... Read More
Here's what I know: paranoia is better than complacency
The beginning of the financial year is always a good time to take a fresh look at your expenditure—even if you’ve just had a great year. In fact, let ... Read More
Here's what I know: bad times can be the making of your company (and of you)
I’ve just been reading a great book by Ryan Holiday called, “The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumphs.” I’d recommend... Read More
Here's what I know: health & safety is a serious business
Here’s a sobering statistic. Between 2017 and 2018, 144 workers in Great Britain were killed at work. They went to work as normal, and they never retu... Read More
Supporting your employees is part of the package
The fastest growing sector of the working population comprises those known as “the millennial generation”, roughly defined as those aged 22 to 35. The... Read More
Here's what I know: some resolutions are worth sticking to
I’m not a great believer in New Year’s resolutions. Instead, I think big change comes from making small everyday improvements towards your long-term g... Read More
Here's what I know - Nothing's permanent except change
I’ll admit that I didn’t come up with that one—credit goes to Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher. But both dealing with and being aware of change are v... Read More
Here's what I know - Flexibility requires good balance
Recently, we’ve seen an increase in employers asking about their options when it comes to flexible working. In particular, we’ve had many questions ab... Read More
Adversity often brings opportunity
One of the topics in today’s In the Loop is how to avoid an employment tribunal. Reading it reminded me how and why we founded Peninsula in the first ... Read More