Nick Ralph


Nick is a highly experienced employment lawyer with an exceptionally strong reputation in the City of London and beyond. He advises both employers and senior executives on a wide range of employment and related issues including board-room disputes, partnership issues, dismissals, discrimination, redundancy, contract drafting and interpretation, post-termination restrictions, whistleblowing, and “City” and bonus claims.

He has particular expertise in dealing with complex issues involving any combinations of employment rights, share or other ownership-related rights and the rights and obligations of directors, officers and/or partners/LLP members.

Whenever necessary, he is a tenacious litigator and a tough negotiator.

Nick particularly enjoys the variety of matters and personalities that he deals with and finding solutions to clients’ problems.

Examples of recent work:

Nick acted for the Chief Investment Officer of a leading investment bank whose employment had been terminated, purportedly on grounds of redundancy. Nick argued forcefully that the real reason for termination was that the CIO had expressed concerns about conflicts of interest and risk management in the context of risky products being inappropriately marketed to existing retail clients ie. whistleblowing. The matter was favourably settled, shortly after legal proceedings were issued.

Nick acted for a firm of Lloyd’s insurance brokers defending a High Court action brought by a competitor broker. The competitor claimed that two employees of our client had been recruited (and were acting) in breach of contractual post-termination restrictions as former employees of the competitor. The arguments Nick deployed included that the restrictions were unenforceable because they were unreasonably wide and because the competitor had effectively withdrawn from the relevant market. As a result, Nick secured a deal under which the two employees were able to continue their employment with our client company and successfully migrate their portfolio of business.

Notable cases:

Rock Refrigeration v Jones: a leading Court of Appeal case relating to the enforceability of post-termination restrictions

Comments from directories:

“Very user-friendly and very strong technically”

“A real eye for detail” and “a personable and sensitive approach”

“Incredibly determined to get good results for his clients”

from Chambers UK Guide to the Legal profession


Education: Exeter University, LLB (Hons). Nick qualified as a solicitor in 1988. He joined Archon in 1997 from Ashursts.

Nick is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and the Association of Partnership Practitioners. He is also a contributor to Sweet & Maxwell’s Company Directors: Law and Liability and an editor of Sweet & Maxwell’s Practical Commercial Precedents.

Nick is a Governor of a Special School for pupils with learning difficulties.

In his free time, Nick is an occasional cyclist and runner and engaged in entertaining (and providing a taxi service for) his children.