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'.
James Hockin handled my case for over twelve months to a very successful outcome. He gave clear and thoughtful advice at all times...He was unflappable and his attention to detail and understanding of all the issues was a key driver in the success of the case, including taking into account the quickly changing external environment. I felt at all times that I was in the best hands, completely trusted his opinion and am extremely grateful that he was recommended to me. I would not hesitate in recommending him to anyone if they found themselves in need of an employment lawyer.
James Hockin is a rising superstar. He has a very co-operative demeanour but that shouldn’t fool anyone – he is the steel fist in a velvet glove. He is constantly available, responsive, proactively proffers his advice and excellent guidance but is also not afraid to change tack when circumstances require it. He’s an excellent, thoughtful and likeable lawyer but also one that knows how to get results.
He has excellent client-handling skills and is a pleasure to deal with because he's always calm and prepared.
He's very thoughtful, cooperative and helpful. He is very thoughtful about strategy as well; he's really excellent.
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.
If you're anything like me then you know what it is like having not only a 'nationality' but an 'internationality'. I was born in the UK, am qualified to practice law in New York and England & Wales, and my wife is American. With cross-border experience, particularly in employment matters, I pride myself on being able to help employees and employers alike with tricky international and domestic problems.