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Gareth Thomas

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Education

  • University College of Wales, Aberstwyth, LLB (Hons)
  • Council of Legal Education

Memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Northern Circuit

Areas of Work

  • Civil Litigation
  • Employment
  • Industrial Disease
  • Public Law

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General Profile

Gareth has had a varied career. He has worked in the insurance industry both in the UK and overseas and is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

He also served as a Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2005 and was one of the first members of the joint human rights committee. He served as a member of the Social Security Select Committee and was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Wales and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
He is a Fellow of the Industry and Parliament Trust. He has served on the board of a number of charitable trusts and a housing association.
Gareth practises in the field of general common law and has experience of most areas of common law, including crime, licensing and public enquiries.
Since returning to the Bar in 2005 he has practised mainly in personal injury and employment law. However he has retained an interest in family law particularly financial work.
Gareth is accredited by the Bar Council as being able and prepared to undertake Direct Public Access work.  This means in appropriate cases individuals or companies may be able to instruct him directly without the need to instruct a solicitor. This can often be more cost effective for clients.  For further details please contact the clerks at Chambers.
He is a fluent Welsh speaker and often conducts cases in Welsh. He undertakes pro bono work for the Northern Circuit Free Representation and Advice Service.
Employment Law

Gareth regularly appears for and advises both Claimants and Respondents in a wide range of employment matters including unfair and wrongful dismissal, age, sex and race discrimination.

Gareth has also conducted a number of whistleblowing cases at employment tribunals and is interested in developing this area of his practice.

Personal Injury

Gareth appears for both Claimants and Defendants. Has particular experience of employers liability and public liability work both fast track and multi-track.

He has experience of and an interest in occupational disease work .

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Year of call: 1977

Inn: Gray's Inn

Area: Civil Litigation
Employment
Industrial Disease
Public Law

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