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  • Overview

    Our specialist lawyers provides bsuiness clients with strategic, commercial and practical advice throughout the dispute, ensuring the best possible outcome.

    We have experience in fighting claims in the Employment Tribunal and the High Court, resolving claims through mediation and negotiating commercial settlements.

    Our employment dispute lawyers at Thomson Snell & Passmore have significant experience and an excellent success rate in dealing with employment tribunal claims. We act for both employer and employee clients and provide commercially driven, strategic and practical advice. To showcase our expertise we and our strategic partner barristers from 3 Pump Court Chambers recently hosted a mock employment tribunal to share insight into how cases are conducted and how decisions are reached.

    We assist clients with all types of employment claims, including those relating to:

    For further information please contact one of the team further down the page.


  • Related Client Stories

    Acting for an employer in response to a religious discrimination claim

    An employee of our client unsuccessfully applied for a vacancy in January 2016, which would have been a promotion for him.  In response he, a long standing employee, raised a number of complaints alleging that over a number of years he and other employees had been denied a promotion and workplace opportunities because of religion.

    When is it appropriate to settle an employment tribunal claim?

    There are times when an employer needs to, and should, take a stand when facing a claim in the employment tribunal and there are times when it makes commercial sense to settle.

    Compliance with employment tribunal time limits

    Strict time limits are in place for issuing claims in the employment tribunal and if these are not complied with, there are only rare occasions when a claim will be allowed to continue to proceed.

    Turning a negative employment situation into something positive

    Susanna Gilmartin, Partner, represented a senior director in relation to the abrupt termination of his employment, successfully assisting him in obtaining funding for High Court proceedings and negotiating a six figure compensation package for him.

    Defending employment tribunal proceedings for unfair dismissal

    There are times when an employer needs to take a stand which is exactly what Berry Gardens Limited the UK's largest berry supplier, with an annual turnover of £193 million did in respect of defending unfair dismissal proceedings issued against it by a former employee which it felt was a ‘try on’.

    Winning an employment tribunal claim – a senior executive’s success story

    Susanna Gilmartin, Partner in the employment team recently represented a senior executive against his former employers and assisted him in winning his claim for constructive unfair dismissal and breach of contract in the employment tribunal.

    Striking out frivolous employment tribunal claims and recovering costs

    Crowhurst Park, a holiday and leisure park on the outskirts of the historic town of Battle in East Sussex which lets luxury pine lodges and holiday homes on its 120 acre country estate, successfully got claims for constructive unfair dismissal struck out and costs awarded against the employees.

    Minority shareholder - unfair prejudice

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Corporate, Commercial, Employment and Dispute Resolution teams who worked closely together to secure a successful outcome for our client, seamlessly managing unfair dismissal and unfair prejudice claims side-by-side and offering the client a single point of contact in relation to both claims.

    Protecting confidential information

    Dole Fresh (UK) Limited, a large producer, distributor and seller of fresh fruit and vegetables, successfully defended a direct attack to its business by taking High Court injunctive relief action to protect it and recover its confidential information.

    Dismissing a difficult and obstructive employee

    The conduct of an employee in certain circumstances can result in the irretrievable breakdown of the working relationship entitling an employer to terminate the contract of employment.

  • Latest Updates

    Collaborative Mediation

    Susanna Gilmartin advised a large FE College on a difficult matter that arose involving a fraud and safeguarding investigation against a senior member of staff.

    Employment mock tribunal

    The employment lawyers at Thomson Snell & Passmore have significant experience and an excellent success rate in dealing with employment tribunal claims.

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At every stage in instructing TS&P (and I have used them for Residential Conveyancing, Family Law and Employment Law) I have always been very impressed with the quality of the people I have dealt with. Keep doing what they are doing and they will keep my business as well as be warmly recommended by me.

Client

Susanna was the first employment lawyer I've ever had to use. She was great and exceeded my expectations at every stage.

Client

Susanna was clear and efficient in explaining my options when dealing with my employer. At no point was I left confused or unsure of my options. Exactly what I want in a lawyer!

Client

Congratulations on your 10 years of success, with the quality of service you and your team provide I am sure the next 10 years will see more deserved success for you.

Client

Thomson Snell & Passmore's particular strengths are customer care and the speed at which they respond. Often when you are dealing with complicated issues speed is of the essence. I have not seen any weaknesses.

Client

Clear, high quality communication and guidance.

Client

Quick response to questions and successful outcomes due to good advice.

Client

I have worked with Susanna on two separate matters, and I find her to be thorough, considered, practical and extremely professional. She takes time to thoroughly understand the issues and gives carefully considered advice. During what was often a very stressful time, Susanna gave me great confidence and appropriate support, helping to ensure we achieved the best solution.

Client

A huge thank you for helping to resolve such a difficult situation.

Client

Nick Hobden is noted by clients for his 'insight into business needs and strategy'.

Chambers UK 2015

Susanna Gilmartin she is praised for her ability to 'understand background without needing to be briefed in detail'.

Chambers UK 2015

Realistic, pragmatic, good speed of response. They have built a relationship with us.

Chambers UK 2015

I feel confident in the way forward after speaking or meeting with the firm. They're very open and easy to talk to, with great expertise.

Chambers UK 2015

Thomson Snell & Passmore is 'very professional, and values its clients'. Department head Nick Hobden is praised for his 'professionalism and attention to detail'.

The Legal 500 2014

Thomson Snell & Passmore in my experience can meet expectation when dealing with employment matters and I would not recommend another practice before them. A highly professional service for a fair price.

Commercial client

Thank you so much to Thomson Snell & Passmore for the excellent mock tribunal‚ I found the experience extremely useful.

Client

I am delighted that we work with Thomson Snell & Passmore and look forward to continuing the partnership.

Commercial client

Demonstrated they are a local company who offers a first class professional service to their clients.

Commercial client

Very personable partners, vast experience in most areas of lawyer business.

Corporate intermediary

Thanks for your advice and support. I would never have had the confidence to go through this to get this outcome without becoming a nervous wreck so thank you.

Private client

I would just like to thank you and your team so much for all the hard work, long hours and weekend working that you have put in over the last weeks and months on this case. We have definitely got a great result for our business.

Client

Well-thought out and realistic advice.

Chambers UK

The advice I got was first class from start to finish.

Private client

Impressive case management and responsiveness...extremely intelligent and commercially astute.

Chambers UK

Pragmatic, commercially focused and responsive

Client

Susanna was extremely competent in her approach and guided me through the process with clarity and professionalism at all times, she was a pleasure to have as my adviser

Client

Susanna was very professional, full of knowledge but mostly assuring and listened to her client and made sure I understood all the aspects of the process.    

Client

Clearly understood the issues, explained to me what I was not really familiar with and confirmed that my understanding of certain aspects was indeed correct.

Client

Clear concise advice and the negotiated removal of a number of unpleasant clauses to my benefit.

Client

I have used TSP’s Workplace Law updates for number of years in my leadership roles with NCG, Royal British Legion Industries and now with Franksson David Consultancy Services.  In terms of up to the minute content, simple to understand language and ease of use they are by far the best quality updates I have come across as a HR practitioner.  I would strongly recommend them as an essential read to any HR professional.

David Jessop

Provided high quality advice!

Client

I was able to meet and discuss my situation very soon after contacting TSP, Susanna was easy to contact and turned round review and responses to my employer swiftly, and the matter was dealt with within a relatively short timescale, minimising stress to me.

Client

All the advice given was structured toward the type of business that we are.

Client

Very prompt and responsive both during and after business hours, to successfully progress the case to agreement within a short time period and to schedule

Client

Thank you to Nick Hobden, for the support and advice offered to me during a rather difficult period in my life.

Client

I appreciate the responsiveness of Susanna with regards to my last minute request for help, and believe the advice given was very sound. I also recognise and appreciate the professionalism I have seen at all stages of our engagement

Client

I came away understanding the background to the advice given, and I am happy that this takes into account my best interests

Client

I appreciate the responsiveness of Susanna with regards to my last minute request for help, and believe the advice given was very sound. I also recognise and appreciate the professionalism I have seen at all stages of our engagement.

Client

I came away understanding the background to the advice given, and I am happy that this takes into account my best interests

Client

Quick response, talked me through the process as this situation was new to me. Discussed options throughout and gave good advice

Client

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