Nick Humphreys > Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Work Department

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 re-organisations.

His client base includes airlines, telecommunications companies, insurers, commercial marine sector businesses, yacht sector clients, as well as senior executive clients and clients in the employment aspects of sport. Nick provides a full range of advice for his clients which includes document reviews; general employment; employment litigation in the High Court and employment tribunal; 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.

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. He is recognised by The Legal 500 as being ‘hugely experienced’ and ‘great to have in your corner’.


Nick qualified in 1999 and became a partner at Thomas Cooper in 2015.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Employment > Employers

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is known for its representation in board level disputes and high value discrimination claims, as well as providing assistance with the employment aspects of restructurings. The firm is also notable for its specialisms in the sports and technology sectors. Practice head Paul Mander is recommended for restructuring and collective redundancy advice as well as support on contentious dismissals. Sports specialist Andrew Haywood and maritime expert Nick Humphreys are also integral.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

Advising football teams and athletes across a range of sports – notably including sailing and yacht races – on brand protection, employment, reputational and commercial disputes and issues are routine instructions for Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s sports team. Practice head Andrew Haywood focuses on employment and disciplinary issues, while Richard Marshall regularly works on contentious and contractual matters in football – often with a multijurisdictional aspect. Nick Humphreys is a key contact for managers, coaches and backroom staff in the football industry, undertaking matters pertaining to high court and employment tribunal litigations. James Severn and Jeremy Clarke-Williams are key names to note for agent-player disputes and defamation claims, respectively.