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Specialisms & expertise

Nick leads an ‘outstanding’ employment law team that ‘consistently impresses’ with its handling of employment matters, according to this year’s edition of the Legal 500 directory. According to the Chambers Directory for 2019 he is “very swift in his response time and very supportive over matters which can be incredibly sensitive.”


Nick is experienced in handling all aspects of employment law, but particularly advice to clients on complex, highly confidential, sensitive and difficult business restructuring exercises, TUPE and issues relating to varying terms and conditions of employment, including pay and conditions. He has specific expertise in advising clients in the welfare, social care and education sectors. He regularly acts for clients in employment tribunal and High Court claims (the latter including restrictive covenant injunction action, breach of contract and unfair prejudice of minority shareholder interest issues).

Client stories & examples of work

Recent examples of some of Nick's work include:

  • Managing exits of senior board members and executives of logistics, food and beverage and communications industry sector employers.
  • Advice on TUPE legacy terms for a food research charity client
  • Defending a primary school in connection with an unfair dismissal claim brought by an army reservist
  • Advising the trustees of a leading disability charity on the steps needed to change its management structure, in light of the failure of the management team to manage significant financial and regulatory risks.

Types of client

He acts for employer clients from diverse sectors with an emphasis on education, charity, food and beverage, distribution, manufacturing and insurance fields.

Achievements & other appointments

Nick read law at Anglia Ruskin University and gained a Batchelor of Laws degree. He qualified as a solicitor in March 1989. 

Nick is ranked in Chambers & Partners directories 2011-19 as a Leader in his Field and in Legal 500’s latest edition, he is listed as one of the elite “leading lawyers” in his field. 

He is an ACAS accredited internal workplace mediator and leads the firm’s collaborative employment law and workplace mediation service with 3 other collaborative employment law practices in other firms.

Reported case: Brownlow v G H Marshall Limited [2000] 2 B.C.L.C. 655 – unfairly prejudicial conduct of a minority shareholder.

 

The highly regarded Nick Hobden heads the department and focusses on assisting clients in the education and charity sectors with employment disputes.

The Legal 500 2017

Choosing a solicitor to look after ones interests where an expert in a particular field is required is fortunately a decision that most of us do not ever have to make.  From my personal experience it was critical to find an expert and I would have no hesitation in recommending Nick Hobden and his team to anyone with an employment related issue. All the advice I received was sound and pushed the defendant into a position where they had little choice but to settle, this being the goal at the start.

Client

Very swift in his response time and very supportive over matters which can be incredibly sensitive.

Chambers UK 2019

Due to my circumstances I found the process extremely stressful as it was an action taken against people who had been my friends for a long time.  Nick acted as a shield and protected me from the day to day nastiness of it all.  The overarching feeling I had during the whole process was that I knew that I could rely on Nick to do the right thing to get me the best possible outcome, which he did and in the end the outcome exceeded my original expectations, for which I am eternally grateful.

Client

I have used TSP’s Workplace Law updates for number of years in my leadership roles with NCG, Royal British Legion Industries and now with Franksson David Consultancy Services.  In terms of up to the minute content, simple to understand language and ease of use they are by far the best quality updates I have come across as a HR practitioner.  I would strongly recommend them as an essential read to any HR professional.

David Jessop

As one of the largest Multi-Academy Trusts often requiring immediate and reliable legal counsel, we have been so impressed with the services provided by TSP. Having confidence in the advice provided is the most important aspect of a solicitor/client relationship. The very nature of our business means that we seek legal support on a varied number of issues and the team at TSP have always been well equipped to manage that demand.  I cannot recommend them enough.  

Client

Head of department Nick Hobden is described by clients as someone who is "very knowledgeable and commercially astute with a strategic perspective." He regularly represents clients in Employment Tribunal and High Court claims, and is noted for his expertise in the education and charity sectors.

Chambers UK 2018

Thank you to Nick Hobden, for the support and advice offered to me during a rather difficult period in my life.

Client

Advice was clear, timely, and all actions were undertaken promptly. We were kept fully informed throughout the process. Professional advice on carrying out detailed due diligence was extremely useful. Excellent advice for all aspects of the Nursery contract from dedicated expert lawyers in that area e.g. land and leasing; employment law and TUPE. I would recommend the team unreservedly to other potential clients.

Hilary Sanders, CEO, Medway Anglican Schools Trust

The support I and my company receives from Nick Hobden is second to none. I always receive a helpful and speedy response regardless of the type of query. Nick's knowledge is so broad that he has acted as a true business partner through a period of rapid change within my organisation.

Amy Taylor, Human Resources Manager, Scarab Sweepers

User friendly and pragmatic.

Mark Cole - Senior Partner, BGM
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