James King Managing Associate

Contact Information

+44 20 3321 6796

Personal Profile

James is a Managing Associate in the Firm's Employment Department. He advises employers and employees on contentious and non-contentious aspects of the law, with particular expertise in advising on terminations, settlement agreements, redundancies and bonus disputes, as well as restrictive covenants, discrimination, whistleblowing and other contractual issues. James's practice is drawn from a range of sectors, with a particular focus on sport but also on the financial and media sectors. He has experience of both Employment Tribunal and High Court litigation.

James is also a member of the Firm's Sports Group. He has experience across a wide range of sports providing litigious, regulatory and commercial advice. James advises sporting organisations, including governing bodies and clubs, and individuals in the sporting world (often in conjunction with their agents). He has represented clients in High Court and Employment Tribunal disputes as well as arbitral and disciplinary proceedings, including before the Premier League's Managers' Arbitration Tribunal and The Football Association. He also advises on domestic and international football transfers, both for club and player. He regularly advises football clubs, players and managers on day-to-day employment matters including player negotiations; dismissal and appointment of managerial staff; transfers of players; contractual disputes and drafting documentation including settlement agreements, service agreements, employment contracts, transfer documentation, bonus terms and image rights agreements.

key experience


  • Regularly acting for senior employees and directors, particularly in the financial and media sectors, in negotiating contracts of employment, team moves, remuneration and termination packages.
  • Providing day-to-day strategic and general employment advice to companies of all sizes, from entrepreneurial businesses to multinational PLCs.
  • Regularly acting in relation to the enforcement of post-termination covenants and duties of confidentiality, including successfully obtaining and defending injunctions.
  • Extensive experience litigating in the Employment Tribunal and High Court, having acted in a number of complex and high value cases for breach of contract, unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing.


  • Successfully representing Cardiff City FC in its highly publicised dispute with their former Manager, Malky Mackay, and Director of Football, Iain Moody. The dispute covered proceedings in the High Court, Employment Tribunal and the Premier League Managers' Arbitration Tribunal.
  • Acting for Premier League, Championship and Football League Clubs providing day-to-day advice on issues relating to all employees, including First Team players. This includes advising on the dismissal and appointment of managerial staff, drafting documentation including settlement agreements, service agreements, employment contracts, transfer documentation, bonus terms and image rights agreements.
  • Performing the role of effective in-house solicitor for a Championship Club dealing with player negotiations in relation to terminating contracts of employment; completing documentation for transfers of players; providing ad hoc advice on employment issues in relation to footballing and administrative staff; dealing with contractual disputes and advising on FA Rule K Arbitrations and an FA investigation into discrimination.
  • Advising a Championship Club in relation to a mass redundancy exercise as well as the incoming and outgoing managerial and assistant team.
  • Advising high-profile Managers/Head Coaches, back-room staff and players in relation to a range of employment law issues and disputes, including negotiating contracts of employment, Employment Tribunal proceedings and disciplinary issues.

career history

Managing Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Solicitor, Mishcon de Reya
Solicitor, Linklaters LLP
LPC, College of Law
GDL, BPP Professional Education
MA, The University of Oxford