Richard Owen-Thomas

Richard Owen-Thomas

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Employment and Equalities

Richard has practised employment law since qualifying in 2000 and covers all aspects of employment law in the Tribunal, the High Court and County Court. He has represented employers, including multi-national companies, Government agencies and small businesses, in cases of alleged unfair and constructive dismissal, discrimination, TUPE and all other areas of employment law. Richard also undertakes a significant amount of work for Claimants, often under the Direct Public Access scheme.  Direct Public Access Scheme work is also undertaken for Employers, and Richard has seen many cases from start to finish, including successfully defending the dismissal of a claim in the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

In addition to contentious work, Richard has extensive experience drafting policies and procedures, compromise agreements and COT3 settlements and he regularly advises on the employment issues surrounding the sale or purchase of businesses.

Richard has a particular interest and experience in discrimination cases, having represented both employers and employees extensively in matters of sex, race, religious, age and disability discrimination.

Richard also appears in regulatory proceedings in front of professional organisations such the Health Professions Council.

Richard is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and is happy to be appointed as an arbitrator in employment, and commercial disputes.

Richard has been appointed the barrister panel of ELAAS (the Employment Lawyers Appeals Advice Scheme). ELAAS is a service offering pro bono employment law advice to appellant and respondents where there is a preliminary hearing in the EAT with no previous legal representation on record.

Reported cases include

AB v CD [2016] ORD 93, Supreme Court of Gibraltar
Claim for an injunction to restrain breach of confidentiality and legal professional privilege.

Riley v Ministry of Justice EAT [2016] ICR 172
Authority for the appropriate constitution of an Employment Tribunal considering ordering costs otherwise than immediately after the hearing.

Ottimo Property Services LTD v G Duncan & Warwick Estate Properties Limited [2015] ICR 859
Important clarification of the meaning of ‘client’ for the purposes of the TUPE regulations

Blackburn v ALDI Stores LTD [2103] IRLR 864 [2013] ICR D37 
EAT guidance on the scope of the implied term of trust and confidence and how it applies to the resolution of employee’s grievances

Zarkasi v Anindita [2012] ICR 788
Guidance as to illegality in employment contracts, particular in relation to illegal immigrant workers.

McKinson v Hackney Community College [2011] Eq. L.R. 1114
Guidance on the power of the Tribunal to require a litigant to narrow the scope of his case.

Dawes v Lidl [2006] All ER (D) 112 Mar
Appeal against finding of unfair dismissal and the interconnection between wrongful and unfair dismissal.


Richard has conducted employment law training and seminars, including for the White Paper Company.


April 13 2017:

Cricketer Marlon Samuels successfully concludes defamation case more

July 1 2016:

3PB Employment Barrister Richard Owen-Thomas addresses White Paper Conference more

June 29 2016:

Richard Owen-Thomas advises the British Amateur Gymnastics Association (BAGA) in the formal disciplinary procedure involving Louis Smith MBE more

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Professional Bodies

  • Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA)
  • Employment Lawyers Association

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • German