"..an instinctive focus on the human side of Enterprise."

Charles Russell Speechlys is pleased to be a much-valued supporter of Devonshire House.

About Charles Russell Speechlys

Charles Russell Speechlys is a law firm headquartered in London with offices in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Hong Kong. The firm was formed by a merger in 2014 between Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham.  Both firms had a rich and varied history stretching back over 150 years.

Nick Hurley Partner and Head of Employment, Pensions and Immigration Group, says:-

“Today, we have 168 partners, and a total of 500 lawyers. With our headquarters in London, our office network stretches from the South of England to the Middle East, and our relationships and networks extend further – throughout the United States and the Caribbean to Africa and beyond.

We have an unusually broad range of skills and experience across the full spectrum of business and personal needs. This gives us a wider perspective, clear insight and a strongly commercial long-term view. We use this approach to secure the growth of our clients as they move confidently into the future.  It has made us a leader in the world of dynamic growth and family businesses, and among the world’s leading creators and owners of private wealth and their families. Major corporates and institutions find our more considered and personal approach a refreshing alternative to conventional business law firms.”

Nick Hurley has been a keen Supporter of Devonshire House for many years and their financial support since the revised format was introduced in 2014 has been much appreciated.  You can read more about Nick here:-

https://www.charlesrussellspeechlys.com/en/people/n/nick-hurley/ – and on his LinkedIn profile


Today, Robert Thomas, a Partner in the Employment Group handles the ongoing liaison with Devonshire House and we are most grateful, in particular, for the courtesy use of some of their space for Devonshire House Events.

In particular, we – and many others – recall with gratitude CRS Co-Hosting the Summer Debate on 12.7.17 when about 80 attendees listened to a spirited debate about how the Financial Services sector in the UK would likely fare in the upcoming Brexit negotiations.  Many will remember the post-debate party against a lovely summer evening sunset – and with sections of the debate still going on!  No doubt, many enduring contacts were made at that time.

Read more about the debate on the home page video – www.DevonshireHouseNetwork.co.uk  –

CRS also hosted the Devonshire House Pensions Talk with Sir Steve Webb Event – helping us to appreciate that there is much more certainty about Pensions than with Brexit – although some reported that there was probably nearly as much to worry about.

You can read about Robert Thomas here –

https://www.charlesrussellspeechlys.com/en/people/r/robert-thomas/ – and on his LinkedIn profile.


Charles Russell Speechlys
5 Fleet Place, London, EC4M 7RD, United Kingdom, 020 7203 5000, enquiries@crsblaw.com, www.charlesrussellspeechlys.com

Nick Hurley


Nick is Head of the Employment, Pensions and Immigration Group.

His own practice is in respect of both contentious and non-contentious employment law issues. He has broad experience both in the Employment Tribunals and in the Civil Courts and has conducted cases involving discrimination, whistle blowing and TUPE to name but a few. Nick’s non-contentious experience covers a wide spectrum of work ranging from advising on complex employment documentation, giving strategic advice on reorganisation programmes and business transfers. Nick is a prolific contributor to newspapers and journals, regularly lectures on employment law issues and has contributed chapters to a number of books. He is a non-executive Director of the City HR Association and is on the Management Board of Devonshire House Network.

Robert Thomas



Robert Thomas is a Partner at law firm, Charles Russell Speechlys and is the firm’s representative on the DHN Management Committee.

Robert specialises in all areas of employment law and has particular experience and interest in advocacy. He has dealt with almost every type of case in the employment tribunal and has appeared on numerous occasions in county court, the High Court, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal. Robert has several reported cases. He has acted for clients (several of which are household names) in a variety of industries and sectors, including finance, construction, local government, education, food and drink, electronics, sport and transport.

Ben Smith


Ben advises on a wide range of employment matters, both contentious and non-contentious. He has particular expertise in providing practical commercial advice to corporate clients on the whole range of HR issues, including disciplinary and grievance processes, redundancy and re-structuring programmes, TUPE, discrimination and dismissals.

Ben has substantial experience in dealing with Employment Tribunal litigation, assessing risks and engaging in commercial settlement negotiations on behalf of clients. He also drafts employment policies, consultancy and service agreements and advises on settlement agreements (on behalf of the individual or the employer). Ben regularly speaks at seminars and conducts internal client training sessions.

As a long-standing member of Devonshire House, Charles Russell Speechlys is delighted to be partnering with Devonshire House Network and looks forward to developing strong relationships with the Network and its members. We anticipate playing an active part in supporting the Network as it evolves and grows in the years to come.


Charles Russell Speechlys
5 Fleet Place, London, EC4M 7RD, United Kingdom, 020 7203 5000, enquiries@crsblaw.com, www.charlesrussellspeechlys.com