Kelly Thomson is a partner in the employment, engagement and equality practice at international law firm RPC, based in London. She has over 15 years’ experience working hand in hand with organisations devising and delivering a vast array of people projects with a particular focus on organisational change, restructuring and equality work. Her legal work has taken her to the Supreme Court in the UK and resulted in changes to the law.
Kelly’s own experiences as a woman from a working-class background with caring responsibilities and a direct understanding of the workforce barriers facing the disability community have fuelled her passion for equality law and practice. She relishes the opportunity to work with businesses and leaders who are grappling with inclusion and diversity challenges and to help them make positive changes for the benefit of their organisation and its people. Her equality work embraces everything from pay gap reporting and strategies, designing remuneration and reward to drive the right cultures to investigation of workplace harassment. Kelly also leads her own firm’s activities to improve gender equality outcomes so she truly understands the practicalities of implementing change. Kelly co-hosts acclaimed weekly equality podcast The Fix with Michelle King where they interview inspirational guests who are innovating and taking action to advance equality in the workplace and beyond.
With a first-class Law degree from Cambridge University, Kelly is a regular contributor to both academic and practitioner publications on a diverse range of topics. She mentors a number of women at different stages of their career and is a trained mental health first aider for her organisation. Kelly recently collaborated with the Social Book Club on the development of a series of books on equality law for children. Her commitment to positive change earned her a shortlisting as a finalist for Solicitor of the Year in the 2019 First 100 Years’ Inspirational Women awards in recognition of her work in the field of gender equality. She is also listed in the Class of 2021 in Law.com/Legal Week’s 2021 Women, Influence & Power in Law Awards as an “Innovative Leader”. The awards honour top female lawyers who have made a remarkable difference in the legal profession