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Portrait of Nick Humphreys
Areas of expertise: Employment, Sports and entertainment


Nick is a partner in the London office specialising in both contentious and non-contentious employment work. He has particular expertise in the international aspects of employment law, industrial relations law and in the employment aspects of sport – particularly professional football. He advises on a wide range of HR problems, policies and strategy including the management of large-scale business reorganisations.

Nick’s client base includes airlines, telecommunications companies, insurers, commercial shipping clients, cruise companies, yacht sector clients, as well as senior executives and clients in sport. He provides a full range of advice that includes document reviews; general employment advice; employment litigation in the High Court, employment tribunal and specialist arbitral tribunals in sport; industrial relations law advice for employers; the employment law aspects of company sales and business transfers; private international law aspects of employment law; and aviation and maritime employment law.

Recognised by The Legal 500 as being ‘a really excellent partner’, ‘tactically astute’, ‘hugely experienced’, ‘highly recommended’ and ‘great to have in your corner’, Nick qualified in 1999 and became a partner at Thomas Cooper, one of the Penningtons Manches Cooper legacy firms, in 2015. He is the author of Trade Union Law and Collective Employment Rights (Jordan); an editor of the Sweet & Maxwell Employment Law Encyclopedia; and a contributor to Tolley’s Employment Law Service and Tolley’s Health and Safety Handbook.

Recent work highlights

  • Acting for a private equity firm in relation to the high value dismissal of its former head of acquisitions, including undertaking the subsequent litigation, managing a subject access request, dealing with an appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal and managing the necessary reputation management for the client.
  • Advising a Premier League football manager in a successful arbitration against his former club.
  • Advising the former chief executive of a Championship football club on his whistleblowing-related dismissal.
  • Acting for an airline in grounding and placing its entire UK workforce on a two year leave without pay arrangement due to Covid-19.
  • Advising maritime clients in relation to discrimination claims from their customers arising from necessary Covid-19 restrictions at the recommencement of cruising operations and in relation to the UK territorial jurisdiction of employment tribunals in collective redundancy cases.
  • Acting for a UK top 30 tennis player on a representation agreement with a new agent.

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