The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

RPC

TOWER BRIDGE HOUSE, ST KATHARINE'S WAY, LONDON, E1W 1AA, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 3060 6000
Fax:
Fax 020 3060 7000
DX:
600 LONDON CITY
Email:
Web:
www.rpc.co.uk

Kelly Thomson

Tel:
Work +44 (0) 20 3060 6250
Email:
Web:
www.rpc.co.uk/people/kelly-thomson
RPC

Work Department

Employment.

Position

Legal Director. Kelly advises on complex international and national employment matters, with particular focus on outsourcing, restructuring and the people aspects of organisational change. She 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 RPC's regular seminars and roundtables on a variety of topics. She is a frequent contributor to practitioner and academic publications. 

Kelly was part of the successful RPC team in the UK's leading case on restrictive covenants -Egon Zehnder v Tillman. This 2019 case is the first time in a century that the highest UK court has considered the issue of non-compete covenants and the judgment sets the law in this area.

Career

Wragge & Co: 2002-2010 (Trainee; Solicitor; Associate); RPC: 2010-present (Senior Associate; Legal Director since 2015)

Member

Employment Lawyers Association

Education

University of Cambridge, Newnham College, 1998-2001, MA Law (Cantab): First Class (sixth highest in year); awarded 3 Verulam Buildings Prize in Banking Law; College of Law (London), 2001-2002, Legal Practice Course: Distinction


London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

RPC's 'superb' team 'punches well above its weight' with 'clear and practical advice delivered from a solid foundation of technical knowledge'. The group is highly regarded for its 'outstanding contentious expertise'; it recently acted for the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in a Supreme Court claim relating to diplomatic immunity and represented an executive search company in a case pertaining to non-compete restrictive covenants. Other non-contentious work includes advising a global mining equipment supplier on an investigation into its international business practice regarding fraud and bribery allegations and assisting a global insurer with the employment elements of establishing branch operations in another EU country. Patrick Brodie leads the group; clients praise him as 'the unsung hero of employment law' with 'an uncanny ability to make the right judgment call'. Legal director Kelly Thomson 'provides consistently reliable and practical advice'.

[back to top]


Back to index

Legal Developments by:
RPC

  • Cancelling insurance: insolvency and downgrade clauses

    One of the most common concerns for both parties to an insurance contract (including reinsurance) is that the other party might become insolvent and unable to perform its obligations under the contract. Both insurer and insured will therefore wish to have the right to cancel the insurance mid-term in the event of the other party’s insolvency, or a change in its financial circumstances that makes its insolvency a more likely prospect in the near future.
    - Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP

Legal Developments in London

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to