James Hockin

Partner | London

Client services contact Candice Driver


James is a partner in the employment team.

He is an adviser, negotiator and – when required – a determined litigator.

Dual qualified in New York and England & Wales, James advises senior executives, partners, founders and employers on all aspects of employment and partnership law.  He is often instructed by clients with complex cross-border issues, which he handles with an adept understanding of the international issues that often arise.

James assists clients at all stages of the employment / partnership relationship, whether it be advising on documentation at the start, addressing issues that arise throughout, or planning exit strategies and negotiating severance packages when they come to an end. 

He often leads multi-disciplinary teams (including employment, corporate, reputation management, regulatory, tax and immigration) and is at his best when he is helping his clients out of a hole, whether that be difficult employment terminations, resignations/removals from partnership or supporting clients through disciplinary investigations.

James has experience of litigating in the Employment Tribunal, High Court, County Court and Court of Appeal, as well as regularly resolving client disputes via alternative means such as mediation.

Clients comment that he is 'an exceptional operator' who is 'enormously knowledgeable', 'exceptionally good on technical details' and 'fantastic at dealing with cross-border matters'.
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Me in a minute

As a lawyer, I get the chance to help clients in many different jobs and walks of life

Growing up, there were a myriad of different jobs I thought I wanted to do: doctor (but I could not stand the sight of blood), pilot (but my red-green colour-blindness might not have been ideal when bringing that plane into land) or Formula One driver (a bit too tall for those racing cars). Instead, as a lawyer, I get the chance to help clients in many different jobs and walks of life, to understand the businesses they are in and the goals and priorities they have. Being a lawyer is about more than knowing 'the law', it is about understanding what your client needs doing and helping them do it.