Claire Thompson

Claire Thompson

Partner

Direct Dial: +44 (0)1905 746462
Mobile: +44 (0)7824 622 474
Email: cthompson@hcrlaw.com


Claire qualified as a solicitor in 1998. Over many years as a practising lawyer Claire has built a strong reputation as an approachable, professional and accessible specialist. She heads our Worcester employment team and our Immigration Services team.

What clients say about Claire

Group Operations Director: ‘My association with Claire goes back many years and during that time we have worked together on several very large employment projects. Claire’s subject knowledge is exceptional and her delivery always in plain English and tailored with an understanding of my business and it’s requirements. Claire always provides a fair, honest and considered appraisal of every situation which is both refreshing and challenging but always absolutely necessary. It’s always a real pleasure working with Claire.’

Managing Director: ‘Claire is personable, helpful and has assisted me with a variety of issues and she has always found a solution! I would have no hesitation in recommending Claire for any Employment Law work.’

Individual: ‘From the moment we first called, the team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys worked tirelessly on finding us the right information and advice. We encountered so much conflicting information from the Home Office – including changes in the law that rendered a lot of our effort pointless. Therefore the advice they gave us resulted in a water-tight application and we just sailed through the immigration process.’

Employment

In relation to her employment case load, Claire advises employers of all sizes on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious issues and has a loyal client following, including corporate clients for whom she has acted for over 15 years.

Claire has particular expertise in advising on large scale business reorganisations and redundancies and tailoring solutions to align customer requirements to clients’ resources. Claire also advises on:

• The implication of TUPE in business sales, acquisitions and outsourcing arrangements.
• Executive severances
• Restrictive covenants
• Disciplinary and grievance disputes
• Discrimination
• Contract and policy drafting

She is an experienced Employment Tribunal advocate and delivers training and seminars on a wide range of employment and HR topics.

Immigration

Claire’s thriving immigration practice includes advising businesses, educational establishments and businesses on the recruitment of overseas workers and the requirements of sponsoring employees and applying for the necessary visas. This is a complex and frequently changing area of law and Claire and her immigration team are extremely proud of their successes on behalf of their clients in obtaining and maintaining the relevant permissions for migrant workers to work in the UK.

Claire holds Level 1 User Status for a number of clients which enables her to manage her clients sponsor licenses and prepare and submit applications on their behalf.

The immigration team regularly advises on both Points Based and Non-Points Based visa applications, applications under European Law, citizenship and indefinite leave to remain applications. The team works diligently to provide the right solutions to their clients in a timely, cost-efficient and professional manner.

Frequent changes to immigration law render it essential that the immigration team has a thorough and up to date grasp of current requirements. The team has an excellent track record of successful applications and satisfied clients who can confidently leave their immigration requirements in safe hands.

More information about these particular services can be found on our Immigration pages.

For further details of our immigration services please click here.

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Testimonials

Claire Thompson – Immigration

We have worked closely with Patricia and Claire in the HCR Employment and Immigration team over the last three years and they have always been highly approachable and able to give us immediate detailed and practical advice. This has allowed us to achieve the outcomes we wanted within the timescales and legal frameworks required and with minimum stress both for us and our future employees. They have been essential partners in enabling our small team to understand the processes of the Home Office and deal with all the issues involved more confidently

Muddy Boots

Claire Thompson – Immigration

In accordance with the international expansion of Gtech a sponsorship licence was required from the Home Office to relocate an overseas employee.  With the guidance and support provided by the team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys the application process was seamless.  The timely response to queries and clear step by step instruction, in addition to on-site visits to complete the application far exceeded our expectation and without the support from Claire and Patricia, we would never have submitted the application in the timeframe achieved.  A highly experienced, professional and efficient team that I would have no hesitation in recommending to any firm seeking advice in this sector.

Client

Claire Thompson – Immigration Law

Patricia and Claire have assisted and guided me in obtaining my teenage daughter’s visa to join me in the UK from Brazil. It was a tough and complex case with the need to prove my sole parental responsibility for my daughter. Without their help it could have been a very different outcome. They advised and supported me every step of the way, through hugely stressful and anxious periods. They were always available to me (even late at night) and worked so hard on my behalf. Their expertise, knowledge and professionalism are second to none. I cannot recommend their work highly enough.

Carolina Gagliano

Claire Thompson – Immigration

Patricia and Claire have assisted and guided me in obtaining my teenage daughter’s visa to join me in the UK from Brazil. It was a tough and complex case with the need to prove my sole parental responsibility for my daughter. Without their help it could have been a very different outcome. They advised and supported me every step of the way, through hugely stressful and anxious periods. They were always available to me (even late at night) and worked so hard on my behalf. Their expertise, knowledge and professionalism are second to none. I cannot recommend their work highly enough.

 Carolina Gagliano

Claire Thompson – Immigration Law

I had the pleasure of participating in a complex child dependent UK visa application where it was necessary to show that the main applicant had “sole responsibility” for the dependent child. The case was prepared by Claire Thompson and Patricia Marleau. Patricia’s preparation of the evidence and documents was of the highest order. I look forward to working with them in the future. Barry Wolfe, Solicitor, Brazilian based UK immigration lawyer – BMW Visas.

Employment – Legal 500 Rankings 2016

Harrison Clark Rickerbys recruited Simon Gilmour from Shakespeare Martineau LLP, and he now heads the department jointly with Claire Thompson and Jenny Jones. The team has acted for Red Bull, Worcester Warriors Rugby Club, Mizuno Corporation and Morgan Motor Company.

Immigration

The service we received from Patricia and Claire was second to none. They provided excellent advice to ensure we complied with our reporting obligations as a sponsor licence holder and in dealing with the Home Office. We had some challenging situations to tackle during the way and they helped make the process smooth and easy to understand. They were professional, helpful and a pleasure to work with. We would certainly highly recommend their services and we will be forever grateful for their help.

Immigration – Andrew Marston, BBC

From the moment we first called, the team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys worked tirelessly on finding us the right information and advice. We encountered so much conflicting information from the Home Office – including changes in the law that rendered a lot of our effort pointless. Therefore the advice they gave us resulted in a water-tight application and we just sailed though the immigration process.

Andrew Marston, BBC

Claire Thompson – Employment & HR

Many thanks for your advice, support and guidance throughout my recent HR issues. You made all the difference and helped me come through a very challenging time with the best possible outcome.

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