James Hockin

Senior Associate

James is a Senior Associate in the employment team.

He is an adviser, negotiator and - when required - a determined litigator with a particular focus on employment law matters.

He is dual qualified in New York and England & Wales and assists and advises both employer and employee clients on contentious and non-contentious matters including those involving unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, redundancy and discrimination. He is particularly adept at assisting senior executives on a range of issues at all stages of the employment relationship, whether it be advising on the employment documentation at the start of the relationship or planning exit strategies and negotiating severance agreements when that relationship comes to an end.

James has experience of litigating both in the Employment Tribunal and the High Court, whether it be employment matters or more general commercial disputes.

Clients comment on James’ ‘outstanding’ and ‘carefully considered’ advice, whilst colleagues praise him for his ‘calm control’, his ability to be ‘professional, personable and approachable under pressure’ and the fact that he ‘operates at an exceptionally high standard’.


He’s very thoughtful, cooperative and helpful. He is very thoughtful about strategy as well; he’s really excellent.

Chambers UK, 2021

He has excellent client-handling skills and is a pleasure to deal with because he’s always calm and prepared.

Chambers UK, 2021

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.

Legal 500 UK, 2021

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.

Legal 500 UK, 2021

Track record



Providing employment advice to Renault Group on the acquisition of Lotus F1 and its €1.5 billion investment in motorsport and technology.

Successfully representing, with Madalina Dumitrescu, OMV Petrom S.A. against Glencore International A.G. in a multi-million pound High Court claim regarding the sale of crude oil in Romania in the mid 1990s and subsequently successfully defending an appeal by Glencore against the c.$40million damages awarded to OMV Petrom in 2015.

Drafting contractual documents for Italian companies engaging senior executives in the UK and USA.

State of New York, 2014

England and Wales, 2015

New York State Bar Association

Employment Lawyers Association

National Governors’ Association


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 have a fiancé with American nationality. 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.

When I am not active as a governor at my local secondary school, I can be found burning food in the kitchen. In the event that I cannot be found, I am most likely travelling East Coast America or giving my English Heritage card an airing.



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