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
FT Adviser: When and how is a demotion justified?
Question: A member of my department has been struggling with their workload and now is beginning to miss important meetings and appointments. Although... Read More
The Sunday Times - Business Doctor: Timing is key on hiring and firing
KH Writes: I have an employee who is going to be dismissed due to their poor performance. Can I advertise for a replacement before I dismiss the curre... Read More
The Sunday Times - Business Doctor: Changing pay dates
SG Writes: Due to cash flow changes, we are thinking of changing our payroll from weekly to monthly. Is there a legal period of notice that employees ... Read More
The Sunday Times - Business Doctor: Can I ask staff members to go self-employed?
MS Writes: I’m thinking of retiring however none of my staff would be in a position to buy the company from me. I don’t want to have to pay redundancy... Read More
What I've learnt about business takeovers
I often get asked by Peninsula members about when is the right time to think about making an acquisition. Many companies start out with high year-o... Read More
Sunday Times - Business Doctor: Cancelling employees annual leave
OP Writes: My businesses has just been commissioned to do a large project for a client which means I need all staff present and not on annual leave. C... Read More
The Sunday Times - Business Doctor: Who pays for damaged kit?
AM Writes: One of my employees has failed to follow proper procedures and has damaged an expensive piece of company equipment. Can I make the employee... Read More
A new approach in 2017
Firstly, I would like to wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year and welcome you to the new and improved edition of the Peninsula newsletter... Read More
The Sunday Times - Business Doctor: How many cigarette breaks are employees entitled to?
TS Writes: One of my employees goes for numerous cigarette breaks a day which is eating into their working hours. How many cigarette breaks are employ... Read More
Celebrate a stress-free Christmas
Whilst for many people, Christmas is a time for celebration and relaxation, that’s not the case for everyone. We see the highest number of calls to ou... Read More
The Sunday Times - Business Doctor: Employees with care responsibilities
GE Writes: One of employees has just informed me they now have caring responsibilities for an elderly relative who is no longer independent. What are ... Read More