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Emma L. Thomas

Senior Associate
Fax +44.(0)20.7648.9001

Ms Thomas is an associate in the firm's London office. She provides advice on all aspects of employment law and HR issues, including Employment Tribunal and High Court litigation, the preparation of employment documentation, redundancies, discrimination and TUPE.

Ms Thomas also advises on business immigration law, providing advice and assistance with the preparation of visa applications, Sponsorship licenses, as well as general advice to employers on complying with UK immigration requirements.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms Thomas worked for a leading regional firm, gaining extensive experience with dealing with day-to-day HR issues and Employment Tribunal litigation, acting for a number of high profile clients.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Employment Lawyers Association

Speaking Engagements

Ms Thomas, along with the other members of the Employment Group, provides seminars and training sessions to clients on all aspects of employment law. Recent sessions have covered topics such as:
  • General Employment Law Update; 
  • TUPE; 
  • The Use of Social Media in the Workplace; and 
  • Discrimination in the Workplace.
Recent contentious work includes:
  • Acting for a well known charity in a high-profile, nationally and internationally reported, Employment Tribunal claim. Issues included allegations of defamation, sex discrimination and unfair dismissal 
  • Advising a FTSE 100 company on a highly sensitive unfair dismissal and discrimination claim 
  • Obtaining a strike out of an Employment Tribunal claim brought by 32 ex-employees against an well known UK company 
  • Advising a listed company on a range of contentious issues including breach of restrictive covenants, use of confidential information, whistleblowing and discrimination 
  • Representing one of the largest international listed oil and gas companies in an Employment Tribunal claim for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination

Ms Thomas also recently advised on the employment law aspects of the following corporate transactions:
  • Advised LKQ Corporation on its acquisition of Euro Car Parts for an initial consideration of £225 million. 
  • Advised Brightstar Corp., a world leader in the provision of wireless distribution and services for the wireless industry, on its acquisition of Mobile Phone Xchange Limited, a leading device buy-back and trade business. 
  • Advised Teledyne Limited, a subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. on its acquisition of the parent company of PDM Neptec Limited, a provider of underwater cables, fibre optic and electrical subsea connections and custom engineering solutions.