About Tom

Tom has over 20 years of employment law experience acting for a wide range of clients on all aspects of employment law. In addition to advice on “day to day” matters such as disciplinaries and grievances, management of absenteeism, performance management and settlement agreements he also regularly advises on major strategic projects including restructuring of the workforce, collective consultation, changes to terms and conditions, TUPE and complex discrimination and whistleblowing issues.

Whilst he acts for clients across all sectors he has particular expertise in the independent school sector.

Tom is a skilled advocate and regularly appears in the Employment Tribunals.


  • Independent School Sector/Education
  • Charities
  • Manufacturing

Professional Societies

Law Society

When not at work

Tom enjoys spending time with his family, hill walking, (slowly ticking off the Munros), and cycling. When time and body allows it, he also occasionally completes triathlons and has misplaced aspirations to one day complete an Ironman.

Tom is also a Trustee of Emmaus Hull and East Riding, (a charity supporting people out of homelessness)

Contact Staff Member

“His advice is always well considered, timely and detailed. I strongly recommend Tom Watkins to any employer who is seeking consistent and enlightened legal advice on employment matters”

Paul Bennett

Bursar of Pocklington School

 Tom is “…an outstandingly good employment solicitor and I couldn’t rate him highly enough. Not only does he provide clear and very understandable advice but he is never far from his phone which has been an enormous comfort”. 

Mark Taylor

Bursar of The King’s School, Canterbury

Listed by Legal 500 as a “Next Generation Partner”, being a lawyer who is defined as having significant recognition from clients and peers in the market and having a leading role on multiple matters.

Legal 500


Qualified as a Solicitor

Director at Bond Dickinson LLP

Partner at Shulmans LLP

Joined Lupton Fawcett LLP

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