Tom Clarke


Tom advises employer clients on a full range of HR and employment law matters.

Tom Clarke, Solicitor
Specialises in:
Employment Law & HR
Newcastle office
0191 227 6728

Tom advises a range of client across multiple sectors and industries on all employment and HR matters, including disciplinaries and grievances, strategic planning, employment documentation, TUPE and equality and diversity issues. He regularly provides in-house training to clients and their management teams on numerous HR topics and practises.

Tom has a particular specialism in contentious matters, representing clients in employment tribunal proceedings as well as advising on post-termination restrictions, their enforceability and enforcement. Tom has also acted for numerous senior executives in complex matters and managed departures.

Tom is recognised as a Recommended Lawyer in the Legal 500 2023


  • Advising on all contentious and non-contentious employment matters across a range of sectors and industries
  • Drafting and advising on the enforcement of post-termination restrictions
  • Providing training to managers on subjects such as equal opportunities, conducting disciplinaries and mental health
  • Advising directors and executives on settlement agreements
  • Assisting the Corporate team with transactions

Outside of the office
Tom is a season ticket holder at St James’ Park and a very keen cook.

Tom qualified as a solicitor in 2018.

Tom Clarke is such a joy to deal with. He always goes above and beyond and will keep in good and constant communication throughout the project. No situation is outside his ability and he makes any case or issue accessible and easy to understand. Tom is a true asset of the firm.

Client via Legal 500

Tom was proactive, swift and dealt with my case timely and effectively, getting the best outcome possible whilst always being on standby with excellent communication skills. Overall a very professional experience, thank you.

Rachel Mcloughlin

Tom Clarke is the main person we deal with and has been great to work with over the last few years. Tom fully understands our business and any issues we have had, which have been a few and varied. Tom has acted quickly and his advice has been spot on in all the varying issues we have had to deal with within the business. Very professional and gives us more than one option to look at in a situation, as well as explaining the implications behind each option.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your time and effort put in to this case to date. You picked this up at the eleventh hour, the preparation and work you have put in truly shows your passion for your role and the professionalism to provide a platinum service to your clients. I would have no hesitation to appoint you in all our HR matters.


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‘Hay & Kilner’ and ‘Hay & Kilner Law Firm’ are both trading names of Hay & Kilner LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales with registered number OC418767. Our registered office is at The Lumen, St James' Boulevard, Newcastle Helix, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 5BZ and we are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (Authorisation number 643191). We use the word ‘partner’ to refer to a member of Hay & Kilner LLP. A list of the members is available at our registered office.