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Tom Draper

Partner | Sheffield

"Tom Draper continues to build an outstanding employment team in Sheffield. The bench strength of the team from partner down is exceptional and evident in the development and progression from trainees through to senior positions, a responsibility for which Tom Draper takes personal ownership."
The Legal 500, 2024

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About Tom

Tom has developed detailed and in-depth experience of all areas of employment law from advice on TUPE transfers to defending employers against allegations of discrimination and whistleblowing since he qualified as a solicitor in 2008.

Tom also has experience of advising on complex company reorganisations often involving collective redundancy consultation. He specialises in negotiating the exit of senior executives and Employment Tribunal litigation. He conducts his own advocacy, appearing in person at Tribunals throughout the country.

Tom provides responsive and commercially focused employment law advice and HR support in a pragmatic and straight forward way. Tom adds value to his clients’ organisations by developing and leading tailored training sessions and seminars on a variety of topical employment law issues.

Since starting at Freeths in 2018 Tom has grown a team of dedicated, specialist, Employment lawyers. The team are pragmatic, commercially aware, astute and informed. They take the time to understand the intricacies of their clients’ organisations to deliver an informed perspective on issues, acting as a true business partner. By knowing their clients and what is important to them it allows Tom’s team to pre-empt issues and address them proactively.

Tom is listed as a Recommended Lawyer and recognised as a Next Generation Partner by The Legal 500 (2024 edition) in Employment.

Tom has been ranked as ‘Up and Coming’ in Chambers & Partners (2024 edition).


  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Industrial Law Society

Notable work & expertise


  • Tom is very approachable and has invested the time to get to know, and gain the trust of, myself, my team and importantly my business so the advice...

    Client testimonial

    UK leading, independently owned, engineering and services company

  • Tom and his team are an invaluable support to me and my business. He has an ability to balance sound legal judgement with solid commercial pragmati...

    Client testimonial

  • HA

    It was a great session. We always get lots from the webinars and the topics are super relevant every time. They are always engaging, interesting an...

    Hannah Afifi


  • Tom Draper continually gives solid advice on a range of complex employment matters.

    The Legal 500, 2024

  • Tom Draper is an expert in the field of employment law and always has the ability to see a situation through the eyes of those who are dealing with...

    The Legal 500, 2023

  • Tom Draper is a reliable source of support for us, and he understands our ways of working. He is available whenever we need him and he is always ab...

    The Legal 500, 2022

  • Tom is able to support us in all areas of employment matters and understands the commercial reality of our sector.

    Chambers & Partners, 2024

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