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Tom McLaughlin

Managing Associate

Tom is an experienced employment lawyer who helps clients achieve their commercial objectives by providing practical advice on all aspects of employment law. 

Clients value his pragmatic approach to providing advice that is sector specific and reflective of their appetite for risk.

“Tom McLaughlin – enormously pragmatic, commercial and responsive.” – Legal 500 2024. 

Tom McLaughlin is a well-rounded, experienced employment lawyer. His advice is thoughtful, careful and on point.”’ – Legal 500 2022. 

Tom’s particular specialism is employee competition and disputes involving the protection of confidential information, post-termination restrictions and team moves.  Where litigation in these disputes cannot be avoided, Tom acts for clients in High Court proceedings, including in applications for urgent injunctions to restrain unlawful competitive activity. 

Tom advises on severance issues for senior individuals and c-suite employees, ensuring that financial terms are maximised and reputational exposure is managed.

In the Employment Tribunal, Tom has successfully represented clients in relation to the entire range of claims, including discrimination and whistleblowing claims.

Tom also advises on the employment aspects of corporate transactions and outsourcing situations. He has particular experience in advising on private equity investments, and the ongoing management of investee companies.

Much of Tom’s work has a cross-border element and he has particular experience of advising overseas clients wishing to establish a market presence in the UK.

Tom is listed as a Key Lawyer in Legal 500 2022, with one referee saying:

Print and broadcast media regularly turn to Tom for comment on employment law issues and he has appeared on Sky News and BBC Radio, among others. 

Tom is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and is on the editorial committee of the Tech Disputes Network.

Tom enjoys hiking and cycling and spends as much of his free time as possible in the outdoors, usually with his young family in tow.

Tom was admitted as a solicitor in September 2009.