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Robert Thomas, Partner

Robert is a partner in the employment team and also holds responsibility for Data Protection.

Summary

Robert is a partner in the employment team and also holds responsibility for Data Protection. He specialises in all areas of contentious and non-contentious employment law, often with an international dimension. Robert advises on numerous issues in relation to TUPE, complex redundancies and restructuring, contractual change, senior executive appointments and terminations, sickness management, whistleblowing, equal pay, disciplinarians and grievances. Robert has previously drafted various employment and related contracts and policies, advised on many trade union recognition claims and on strike action. He has also dealt with almost every type of case in the employment tribunal and appeared as advocate on numerous occasions in County Court, the High Court, the EAT and the Court of Appeal. Robert has had several reported cases and has acted for clients (many household names) across all sectors giving practical, focused, commercial advice, particularly enjoying negotiations.



Robert advises businesses (multinationals to growth companies) on domestic and global data privacy issues, cybercrime, freedom of information and data protection compliance programmes, including the GDPR. He also advises in relation to international data transfers and the collection, retention, destruction, monitoring and accessing of data. Robert drafts data, information management, internet and whistleblowing policies and data clauses for commercial contracts including for data processors and data controllers. He has previously advised on and dealt with several DSARs and is the firm's Data Protection Officer and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Robert is a former barrister and is admitted as a solicitor to practise in England and Wales.

Experience highlights

  • A number of major reorganisations/collective redundancies (involving several hundred employees)
  • A large pension change exercise affecting over 700 employees
  • The successful defence of a whistleblowing and discrimination claim where a costs order of over £300,000 was secured against the claimant
  • Resisting a trade union recognition claim for major employers in the leisure and manufacturing sectors
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