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Portrait of Thomas Cleeve
Areas of expertise: Employment


Thomas is an associate in the employment team based in London. He acts for individuals, corporate clients, and staff associations and their members, advising on a broad range of employment law matters. These involve both contentious and non-contentious issues, such as discrimination, whistleblowing, unfair dismissal, regulatory, and day-to-day HR matters, including handbook policies and other contractual issues. He also advises on the drafting and negotiation of employment contracts and settlement agreements and has assisted a number clients on their response to data subject access requests.

A member of the Employment Lawyers Association, Thomas has experience in the employment tribunal and the High Court. He plays an active role in the firm’s sports and entertainment sector group and has represented clients on anti-doping cases. He is also a member of the firm’s disability subcommittee.

Thomas qualified in 2019, having joined Penningtons Manches as a trainee solicitor in 2017.

Recent work highlights

  • Representing an athlete charged with an anti-doping offence and successfully reducing the length of the ban by over two years.
  • Acting for an individual in the High Court defending a springboard injunction and claims of misuse of confidential information and breach of restrictive covenants.
  • Advising a trade union and its members on the merits of bringing a whistleblowing claim.

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