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Kelly Thomson
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Kelly Thomson is an experienced employment lawyer who works with clients on complex international and national employment matters, with particular focus on outsourcing, restructuring and the people aspects of organisational change. Kelly is regularly called on by organisations grappling with their inclusion and diversity strategies and has real depth of knowledge on gender equality

With particular expertise in TUPE, Kelly has a wealth of experience in advising on the employment aspects of outsourcing, M&A activity and complex restructuring arrangements. Kelly also advises regularly on significant organisational change programmes including large-scale redundancies and changes to employment arrangements. Her many years of hands on project experience enable her to work as an effective extension of her clients' HR, Legal and Executive teams in delivering business critical projects.

Kelly works alongside clients' HR and Legal teams in developing and implementing strategies for the recruitment, retention and motivation of employees. She has a focus on 'employee engagement' and is passionate about issues of diversity and inclusion.

Kelly develops and provides training and seminars for clients' HR, legal and business teams and co-delivers our regular seminars and roundtables on a variety of topics. She is a regular contributor to practitioner and academic publications. Most recently she has written the Xpert HR Line Manager's Guide on TUPE and edits the Tolley's chapter on Whistleblowing.

She has also contributed to Xpert HR podcasts:

  • #MeToo - sexual harassment in the workplace - listen here.
  • TUPE mythbusters (part 1) - listen here.
  • TUPE mythbusters (part 2) - listen here

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Biggest hurdle to overcome in achieving gender equality

Directory quotes

 Finalist for Solicitor of the Year - Inspirational Women of the Year Awards, First 100 Years, 2019

 "outstanding - approachable and easy to work with” - Legal 500 UK, 2019 edition

“very personable” - Legal 500 UK, 2019 edition

“always gives very thoughtful and practical advice” and “[with] a passion for getting to know your business and to give advice with full context". - Legal 500 UK, 2019 edition

 "Provides consistently reliable and practical advice". - Legal 500 UK, 2018 edition

"Technically brilliant legal director" Kelly Thomson is also recommended - The Legal 500 UK, 2016 edition

 "Excellent communicator" - The Legal 500 UK, 2015 edition

Memberships

Employment Lawyers Association

Relevant work

Advising a multinational employer on the UK and (co-ordinating with specialists) European HR aspects of a multi-billion dollar global merger and restructuring process

Advising on the employment aspects of the restructuring of a major UK payment system and the re-negotiation of an outsourcing agreement for key services

Advising numerous clients, both customer and supplier side, on the TUPE and broader HR aspects of outsourcing of services including IT, HR and FM in both the private and public sector 

Working with a variety organisations on their gender pay gap reporting obligations, on equal pay reviews and in developing and implementing various measures to close the gender pay gap and achieve greater gender equality in the workplace

Assisting clients in a variety of sectors, including retail, telecommunications and manufacturing, responding to the myriad workforce issues arising from COVID-19

Successfully resisting an application for statutory trade union recognition on behalf of our client: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cac-outcome-unite-the-union-triumph-integrated-systems-actuation-control-2

Part of the RPC team which succeeded for our client in the Supreme Court case of Egon Zehnder v Tilman: https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/uksc-2017-0182.html. The case was the first time in over 100 years that the highest court has considered restrictive covenants and has changed the law.