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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Thomas Player

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Eversheds Sutherland

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Tom is a partner in the Human Resources Practice Group having worked for Eversheds for over 17 years. He has a particular specialism in International Labour law, Industrial relations and business and human rights and is listed as a recommended individual in Chambers and Partners Legal Directory. Tom acts in an advisory capacity for many companies operating European Works Councils to ensure appropriate engagement with representatives to reduce the legal risk of breaches of the agreement and he has successfully led the company negotiations for companies in their discussions with global unions and representatives when drafting and amending their European Works Council (EWC) agreements.

Tom's client base is predominately private sector multi-national corporations and he also acts as lead HR client partner for a number of FTSE 250 companies and US based organisations. His work is largely international in nature and he regularly coordinates and manages large scale international employment law projects over multiple jurisdictions. Tom also leads for the Practice Group on Business and Human Rights and has recently acted as an expert advisor to Shift the leading non-governmental human rights organisation, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Financial Reporting Council in their production of a Director's guidance on business and human rights reporting obligations. He also has extensive experience of the new Modern Slavery Act and is advising a large number of companies on the practical steps required to comply with their obligation to produce a slavery and trafficking statement.




Wales: Human resources

Employment: Cardiff

Within: Employment: Cardiff

The ‘responsive and pragmatic’ 20-strong team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides 'tactically astute’ and ‘very commercial advice’ across both contentious and non-contentious matters to public and private sector clients including Welsh Water, Wolverine Worldwide, Neilsen Group and British Broadcasting Corporation. The sheer size of the team enables practitioners within it to have significant pockets of expertise. For example, Thomas Player excels at handling industrial relations work and recently represented SPX Flow on its negotiation of a European Works Council in accordance with the EU directive and the Transnational Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations. Many of Tom Bray’s clients are major global entities including Heathrow Airport, which he continues to represent on all its employment tribunals and industrial relations needs. ‘Outstanding’ team head Anthony Rees provides ‘responsive and solution-focused advice’ across a range of contentious and non-contentious work for both private and public sector clients; he recently successfully defended global motor manufacturing company Toyoda Gosei against claims of victimisation, race discrimination and breach of contract. Other recommended practitioners include Huw Rolant Jones, who leads on all the public sector mandates handled by the group; ‘impressive’ senior associate Richard Woodhead , who provides ‘sensitive and sensible advice’ on complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims; and legal director Helen Mortlock , who handles employment work for the firm’s higher education clients.

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