John Hobson

Year of Call

John Hobson

John Hobson was called to the Bar in 1999 having previously worked as a lecturer in environmental economics in Higher Education and later within the trade union movement. John is a Manchester-based practitioner who undertakes work nationwide. An experienced trainer, John regularly delivers seminars/in-house training across all areas of his practice. He also provides training for the Northern Circuit on Equality & Diversity and Fair Recruitment.

Housing and Social Welfare

Undertakes all aspects of housing law including possession proceedings, homelessness appeals, public law challenges under the Housing Act 1996 (including interim relief), unlawful eviction, injunctions/committals, disrepair, tenancy deposits and claims brought under the Mobile Homes Act 1983. He has extensive experience of matters involving anti-social behaviour including those raising issues under the Equality Act 2010. John represented the tenant in Manchester City Council v Higgins [2006] 1 All ER 841, a leading case concerning anti-social behaviour in social housing.

Recommended for Social Housing (Northern) in Chambers and Partners 2012 -2016.‘He is very able, very fair and has a great reputation[2016], ‘Exceptionally good, he is very empathetic with clients and very thorough in his preparation[2015]Particularly noted for his handling of disrepair cases and has an impressive track record in cases involving anti-social behaviour’, ‘very helpful, approachable and straight-forward to work with[2014].

Inquiries and Inquests

John has extensive experience of the representation of families of those who have died in police and prison custody and has also acted for other interested parties such as employees and witnesses to unlawful killing. He represented the family of a victim of Raoul Moat in the North East and is familiar with issues of anonymity/press interest.

Actively interested in developments in the inquest and prison system, particularly the making of reports to prevent future deaths, such as at the conclusion of the inquests into the deaths of Kellie Hutchinson at HMP New Hall (Casenote, Inquest Law, April 2009), Ronnie Richards at HMP Full Sutton, William Shepherd at HMP Manchester and Kimberley Lindfield at Wythenshawe Hospital where John represented family members. Experience of advising as to the reach of Article 2 post-Rabone. John has delivered training on behalf of the Inquest Lawyers’ Group of which he is a long-standing member.

In July 2014 John was appointed as an Assistant Coroner for the West Yorkshire (Eastern) District.

Professional Discipline and Regulation

John Hobson has experience of representing individuals at interim and final professional disciplinary hearings for example before the General Teaching Council and the General Social Care Council before their abolition and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. He also has experience of the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003. Whilst employed as a lecturer in Higher Education John acted as a trade union workplace representative and subsequently worked as a regional officer for NATFHE, which became part of the University and College Lecturers’ Union and where he represented individuals in disciplinary proceedings.

Employment Law and Industrial Relations

Undertakes work in all areas including unfair dismissal, redundancy, Working Time Regulations 1998, National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 and all aspects of discrimination pertaining to the workplace. Involved in a number of successful women's part-time pensions claims. Representation in the EAT and in professional discipline proceedings.

Notable cases:

  • Wray v JW Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd UKEAT/0102/11/CEA (consideration of applicability of r.16 NMWR 1999 within the brewery industry)
  • Betts and others v The Boots Company Plc [2006] ET/2600121/96 & others reported on Employment Tribunals Service Key judicial decisions (part time worker pensions - significance of lengthy delay before opting into pension scheme - evidential problems arising from claimant's assertion that they joined scheme as soon as they became aware of eligibility)


BA (Hons) (Sheffield)
MSc (Econ) (LSE)


French (conversational)


Housing Law Practitioner’s Association

Inquest Lawyers’ Group

Haldane Society (Executive Committee)


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