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About Team Torque

Meet The Team

We are a sharp-witted and friendly bunch trusted by business owners, HR professionals and senior executives to handle sensitive and critical employment issues with professionalism and care. 

Providing strength at every turn, our innovative firm puts the needs of our clients first. With over 75 years’ combined employment law experience, we pride ourselves on delivering high quality results on complex and challenging issues for clients across Yorkshire and the UK. Loyalty, integrity and respect defines our client relationships.

Firm partners, Tiggy Clifford and Emma Whiting who originally met at university, founded Torque Law in 2016 with a vision to ‘do things differently’. The firm has since grown to be the largest employment law specialist in North Yorkshire winning numerous accolades including firm listings in The Legal 500 2021, Chambers & Partners 2021 and Niche Law Firm of the Year at the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2019.


“Torque Law are very professional who will endeavour to meet the needs of any business with honest advice and service.” Director, Automotive Business

"Torque Law are the complete package for advice, response and pragmatism. Providing a high calibre service more efficiently and cost effectively than larger, more high profile firms, we value their knowledge, clarity and personal approach. Also with the ability to helpfully frame advice for non-lawyers combined with well paced and effective HR training, Torque Law are fast becoming the first call we make."

General Counsel

Tiggy Clifford

Partner & Specialist Employment Law Solicitor

Chambers Top Ranked UK 2022Admitted as a Solicitor: September 2002

Tiggy’s expertise is in providing business owners and managers with practical and commercially aware advice to help them deal with tricky employment issues as swiftly and painlessly as possible.

Tiggy also has extensive experience working with directors and executives on issues relating to their own employment circumstances, often involving a negotiated exit from their current work situations to achieve the best possible package for them.

Her clients say that “she is utterly fantastic – professional yet personable, and able to explain difficult concepts quite simply” and that “she has an excellent knowledge of the law but is also able to give a commercial view of the situation” (Chambers UK Guide 2021).

Find out more about Tiggy's interests and what inspired her to become an employment law specialist here.

Emma Whiting

Partner & Specialist Employment Law Solicitor

Chambers Top Ranked UK 2022Admitted as a Solicitor: March 2001

Emma has a wealth of knowledge across the full spectrum of employment law issues, with a particular emphasis on providing strategic employment advice on complex and reputationally significant matters for employers and senior executives.

Emma has successfully defended high profile discrimination and whistleblowing claims for employers , in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal. She is also recognised as an accomplished negotiator, securing favourable outcomes for some of the region’s most senior executives.

According to clients, Emma is “amazingly knowledgeable and experienced” “outstanding, proactive and quick to respond” (Chambers UK Guide 2021)

Best known in Team Torque for her vast array of faux sportswear and being the Strictly Come Dancing guru, learn what made Emma decide employment law was for her and much more here.

Emma Cousins

Associate & Specialist Employment and Business Immigration Law Solicitor

Admitted as a Solicitor: September 2011

Memberships: Employment Lawyers Association (UK), Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association.

Emma is experienced in providing pragmatic and commercial employment and business immigration advice to employers, executives and employees.

Her knowledge and experience cover a wide range of employment related matters and business immigration matters, including:

Employment: advising employers in unfair dismissal and complex discrimination claims, the negotiation of exit packages and settlement agreements, redundancy situations, disciplinary matters, the drafting of contracts of employment / service agreements and policy documents, and other general HR matters. Emma is also skilled at advising clients in relation to TUPE issues, and the employment aspects of commercial property and corporate matters.

Business Immigration: guiding companies through the process of becoming a licenced sponsor and issuing certificates of sponsorship to migrant workers sponsors, advice and training about the duties of licensed sponsors and the requirements of compliant HR systems, audits of HR systems and ‘key personnel’ practices to ensure compliance, including mock UKVI audits, and advice regarding business visitors and other immigration routes. Emma is also experienced in advising employers about the prevention of illegal working in the UK including in relation to the right to work check regime, the provision of right to work check audits, and lawful dismissals by reason of illegal working.

Clients describe Emma as a "highly recommendable" employment law solicitor who is “the consummate professional” and who "acts thoroughly and efficiently" with "extensive knowledge and understanding".

Discover what inspired Emma to pursue a career in law and why she is known as 'Bob' within the team here.

Tori Jackson

Consultant Employment Law Solicitor

Admitted as a Solicitor: September 2010

Tori is a knowledgeable solicitor in both contentious and non-contentious employment matters with experience of working for both larger corporates and SME businesses.

Tori advises employers on grievance and disciplinary matters, employment disputes and Employment Tribunal claims and the termination of employment, including the negotiation and drafting of settlement agreements. Tori also drafts effective employment contracts and service agreements, policies and handbooks for employers.

Her clients say that "she does a fantastic job" is "clear and supportive" and that they "would recommend her".

Find out who inspired Tori to pursue a career in Law and how her role allows for work/life balance here.

Ellie Addinall


Ellie graduated from the University of Leeds in 2020 with a first class LLB Law degree and has her sights set on qualification in the future.

Ellie assists the fee earners to draft employment contracts, settlement agreements, staff handbooks and policies as well as employee settlement agreement advice notes. Ellie also undertakes high level legal research and is often involved in the preparation ahead of Employment Tribunals.

Ellie assists with marketing and event preparation as well as providing the team with day-to-day administrative support.

Find out more about Ellie’s interests and what inspired her to pursue a career in law here.

Susan Burnett

Practice Manager

Susan helps the team with day-to-day administration and support. Susan’s background in law provides her with a hugely useful understanding of compliance and client matters.

Find out about Susan's journey north via Cambridge University here.

Michelle Smith

Business Development Manager

Michelle's role is to develop client relationships and facilitate the growth of the business aligned with the firm’s purpose to do work we enjoy with clients we like. Michelle has a background in Office Management and has worked as a PA across many sectors.

Discover what inspires Michelle and why Torque Law allows her to flourish here.

Alison Hodgson

Finance Manager

Alison handles all of our invoicing, accounts and credit control matters and keeps our books balanced.

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