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Kelly Thomson
Legal Director

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.

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. 

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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Directory quotes

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

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

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


Employment Lawyers Association

Relevant work

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 

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

Advising a number of international companies on their obligations and workforce strategy relating to holiday pay and travel time for mobile workers in light of recent complex European and UK case law

Developing and delivering seminars on the new gender pay gap reporting legislation and responding to the Government consultation process on the same