Richard Thomas > Capital Law Limited > Cardiff, Wales > Lawyer Profile

Capital Law Limited
CF10 4AZ

Work Department

Employment and Immigration


Richard is a Partner in our Employment and Immigration team. He specialises in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law, advising clients in the public and private sectors.

Richard provides strategic advice on collective employee consultation duties and obligations arising out of company restructures, acquisitions, mergers, collective redundancies and outsourcing. This work includes informing, consulting and negotiating with Trade Unions to avoid legal claims and industrial action, as well as the application of TUPE. He also advises on wrongful, constructive and unfair dismissal and, all aspects of discrimination.

Richard has extensive Employment Tribunal advocacy experience across the UK and has successfully undertaken judicial and commercial mediation cases.

He deals with all employment law aspects of Corporate Insolvency including acting for Administrators, Liquidators and Companies facing insolvency situations including Pre Pack Administration situations. Richard advises on all the individual and collective employment law obligations arising out of Insolvency situations and any subsequent restructures and/or business transfers including employee rights; the legal obligations concerning individual and collective consultation and the application of UK law relating to Collective Redundancies and the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations.

Richard undertakes a significant amount of training on all aspects of employment law and is the course tutor for the Diploma in Employment Law for HR Professionals, runs in conjunction with Cardiff University.

“We use Richard Thomas for employment law advice and support because he is always responsive, reliable and give us sound advice. He understands our business and his guidance is always practical, commercial and clear. It’s refreshing to deal with a law firm that doesn’t hide behind jargon and isn’t afraid to give a pragmatic, definite view instead of just telling us what the law states.”

Amanda Canterbury, Head of HR, Cardiff City Transport Services


Qualified 1996; 

  • Partner, Capital Law Limited (2007 – present)
  • Associate, Eversheds LLP (1999 – 2007)
  • In House Employment Counsel, GlaxoSmithKline (2006 – 2007 16-month secondment)
  • In House Employment Lawyer for NHS Wales, Welsh Health Legal Services (1996 – 1999)


The Law Society of England and Wales
Employment Lawyers’ Association


  • College of Law Guilford: CPE and Law Society Finals, Law (1991 – 1993)
  • The London School of Economics: BSc (1987 – 1990)

Lawyer Rankings

Wales > Employment > Employment: Recommended Firms

(Leading individuals)

Richard ThomasCapital Law Limited

Headed by the ‘brilliant’ Richard Thomas, Capital Law Limited is best known for its employment litigation credentials, and regularly represents respondent employers, as well as a small but growing number of claimant executives, in disputes relating to, inter alia, unfair dismissals, discrimination and whistle blowing. Thomas himself has particular acclaim in the market for his trade union and labour relations expertise; he continues to oversee the firm’s litigation for the BMA and its members as claimants in a high-profile age discrimination class action regarding the NHS Pension Scheme 2015. Although he is primarily focused on contentious work, the ‘highly responsive‘ David Lewis  also has a niche advising rugby players/coaches on contract/exit negotiations, as well as being adept at drafting restrictive covenants for businesses to ensure that they are effectively protected against data theft or the poaching of clients by former employees. Sarah Austin handles much of the work on the non-contentious front, including a significant amount of employment support work for private equity and corporate clients of the firm pursuant to their M&A activity.

Wales > Employment > Immigration

Overseen by employment head Richard Thomas but run on a day-to-day basis by associates Alex Christen and Angharad AspinallCapital Law Limited provides ‘responsive and service-minded’ advice to corporate clients across a range of immigration matters, including as it relates to Tier 2 points-based system visa applications. In addition, the team regularly provides immigration due diligence pursuant to M&A transactions handled by the firm’s growing roster of private equity clients, and has also been active providing updates and training sessions on the implications of Brexit with regard to UK-bound migration of EU workers.