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Rebecca Thornley-Gibson

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Ince & Co

Work Department

Employment, Business & Finance, Aviation




Rebecca is an Employment Partner in the Business and Finance Group and joined Ince and Co in October 2016 following over 20 years with in a leading regional law firm where she was Head of Employment and led the Travel Sector Team.

Whilst Rebecca has a varied client base she has worked extensively in the travel and aviation sectors with European airlines, global tour operators and suppliers to the sectors. Clients include sector membership organisations, travel technology companies and Rebecca also provides support to senior executives on an individual basis.

Her work covers all areas of employment law including providing support on contract and policy frameworks, Tribunal representation, employee relations issues, advising on company restructuring, TUPE and exit arrangements. Rebecca develops and delivers in house training to organisations on employment law topics and performance and behaviour in the workplace.

Advice and support is provided with an emphasis on a “can do” approach whilst minimising financial, reputational and disruption risk.

Recent experience includes:

  •  Providing training to over 300 individuals on a company’s Behavioural Code of Conduct
  •  Speaking at ABTA’s 2 Day Travel Law workshop
  •  Supporting a voluntary severance programme for a large number of pilots
  •  Providing advice on the employment impacts of the merger of two travel companies 
  •  Advising on the implications of the acquisition of a company in administration and ensuring the purchase strategy minimised risks for the purchaser
  •  Advising both companies and individuals in the travel and aviation sector on exit arrangements 
  •  Providing National Minimum Wage advice, including advice on National Minimum Wage in EU countries


University of West England

London: Transport


Within: Aviation

Ince & Co’s ‘solid, approachable and personable’ team provides ‘good response times’ and is praised for the ‘technical quality of its advice.’ It regularly handles major disputes, insurance, regulatory work, commercial and competition matters, and also houses a specialist aviation employment practice. Global head of aviation Gillie Belsham is a ‘massively experienced commercial litigator who has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the industry and hugely respected’ and advised on a dispute involving a fire on an aircraft while it was parked at London Heathrow Airport. The team is noted for its strong Middle East practice and travel head Anna Anatolitou advises Emirates on a range of regulatory matters, and advises flydubai on commercial and regulatory matters. The team is also instructed by numerous airlines on uninsured UK passenger claims, particularly in relation to boarding, flight delays, and cancellations. Global Aerospace, Sri Lankan Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Vueling and Bristow Helicopters are clients. Managing associate Solange Leandro leads on competition work and Rebecca Thornley-Gibson handles employment matters for aviation-sector clients. Annabel Williamson is also a key member of the team, as is senior associate Ben Bright-Wood, who both recently joined from Clyde & Co LLP.

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Rebecca Thornley-Gibson - Ince & Co

Within: Travel

Ince & Co’s ‘solid’ team is ‘approachable and personal’ and the ‘technical quality of its advice is very good’. It focuses on regulatory, commercial contracts and travel litigation; particularly claims arising under EU Regulations. It acts for a number of aviation clients; it advised Emirates on its proposed promotional activity and potential regulatory impacts; and advises numerous airlines uninsured UK passenger claims, primarily involving denied boarding, flight delays and cancellations. Magic Rooms Accommodation, ABTA , Amadeus Marketing (UK) and Arena Travel are also clients. Anna Anatolitou, who is experienced across travel and aviation regulatory work, as well as litigation and commercial matters, heads the team with Rebecca Thornley-Gibson, who handles employment matters for a range of travel sector clients.

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