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For the last 10 years Thomas has been ranked in the top group for employment law in both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. He has particular experience of high value, complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims acting for large corporate employers in financial services, professional services as well as international corporations, public bodies, local authorities, individual and trade union clients. Thomas’ practice also includes all other aspects of employment law including equal pay, industrial action and trade union recognition claims.

Thomas has been involved in a number of formal investigations into local authorities, internal investigations into organisations such as the fire service and educational establishments and pre-emptive investigations in high profile cases concerning historical child abuse inquiries.

Thomas also has a well-established and regarded High Court employment law practice acting for both employers and employees in obtaining and resisting injunctions and claims for wrongful dismissal.

At the appellate court level, Thomas has been involved in a number of the leading judgments of the appeal courts particularly in the discrimination field.

Notable Cases

House of Lords and Supreme Court

Jones v 3M Healthcare (post-termination discrimination)
Anyanwu and Ebuzoeme v South Bank University (scope of knowingly aiding in discrimination claims)
Delaney v Staples (unauthorised deductions from wages)

Court of Appeal

Hill v Clapton Family Trust Ltd (definition of mental impairment)
Williams v J. Walter Thompson (reasonable adjustments and disability)
Stansbury v Dataplus Plc (conduct of tribunal members)
Jones v Tower Boots (liability of employers in discrimination)
Smith v Gardner Merchant (discrimination claim involving a gay couple)

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Thomas Kibling is recommended in Band 1 for Employment law in Chambers & Partners 2017, and is described as “Adept at handling difficult discrimination claims with reputational consequences.” “He is excellent with clients, builds a very strong rapport with them and puts them at ease – he is a reassuring barrister.”

Legal 500 2016 also recommends Thomas in Band 1 for Employment law; “A brilliant tactician, who knows what will work and when.”

Chambers & Partners 2014, 2015 and 2016 also rank Thomas as a leading junior in Employment law;  “A superb advocate with an excellent grasp of the law.”

Legal 500 2013, 2014 and 2015 recommend Thomas as a leading junior in Employment law; “He is consistently hugely impressive as an advocate, and invaluable as a litigation partner.”

Top Employment junior, Thomas produces “first rate written work”, is “fantastic on his feet” and is well known for his sensitive handling of discrimination cases (Chambers and Partners 2009).

Leading Employment junior, Thomas lays claim to “an amazing set of reported cases” (Legal 2008).