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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.

      

Delivered what was required on time and on budget. Very good work, despite the corona lockdown period.

Client

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

I leapt at the offer from Nick Hobden of a governance audit at a recent Association of Chairs Charities Code of Governance workshop. I was delighted with the session which Nick gave to Young Harrow Foundation trustees and staff at our offices in Harrow. In a comprehensive but focused two hours, the audit refreshed our minds about what makes good governance and helpfully and insightfully evidenced our strengths and areas for improvement. I would highly recommend a Thomson Snell & Passmore governance audit.

Malcolm John, Chair, Young Harrow Foundation

We had a very engaging session with Nick Hobden, working through the governance audit questions. The independent findings of the audit complemented and provided triangulation to Garden Organic’s own internal assessment. His analysis, identifying those areas of high impact/high risk, have given us focus and will be very useful as we progress governance changes. 

Judy Wayne, Vice Chair, Garden Organic

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

Solicitors understood our case and noting their experience in this field of work felt entirely content to let them lead the process. Entirely professional and provided neutral and factual advice to us.  

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

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

Nick explains all the scenarios and specifically recommends an option.

Chambers UK 2020

We received a positive outcome to the negotiations with an increased settlement offer. The matter was also concluded in a timely manner which was much appreciated especially since lockdown had just started.

Client

After consulting with many HR Advisory Services, we decided to work with Thomson Snell & Passmore as I have known Nick Hobden for many years and completely trust the advice that he has given during this time. Since starting to subscribe to their Employment Law Advice line, we have had occasion to utilise their service particularly with the current Covid-19 situation. Advice is given taking into account, not just the company’s point of view, but also from the employees perspective. It is given in a language that we can understand, without too much legal jargon.  The monthly cost far outweighs the cost implications if we do not get it right and gives us peace of mind when dealing with any employment law concerns. I can recommend Nick and his team at Thomson Snell & Passmore without a moment’s hesitation.

Sue Penman, Director, Bridge Recruitment UK

I want to thank you for the amazing job that you and the team have done for us on this ongoing project. Your expertise, clarity and wisdom is massively appreciated.

Edward G. O’Connor, St Edmund’s School Canterbury

I wanted to thank you for both an excellent presentation and for the time you had clearly spent preparing for it. I have had a number of calls since your presentation, complementing you on your delivery and content.

David Ward chair of Rochester Cathedral Business Guild

Many thanks for your diligence and time, I was impressed by your approach and the research you had done. Having a structured interactive dialogue on this was extremely helpful. Overall we felt reassured by this experience.

Chair of the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity
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Jargon Buster