Meet the team: Introducing Tom Watkins
Meet Tom, our fantastic consultant employment law solicitor and our resident education expert.
1. What is your elevator speech?
I have specialised in employment law for over 20 years and joined the team a year ago as a consultant solicitor. Prior to joining Torque Law, I was a partner at a large Leeds practice, acting for clients throughout the UK. I act primarily for employer clients, with particular expertise in the independent school sector.
2. Who/what inspired you to pursue the career you have today?
On completing an International History and Politics degree at the University of Leeds, my focus was upon travel which I funded through a variety of jobs to include labourer, binman, (a particular favourite), and short order chef. After a couple of very fun years, my focus shifted to starting a career, with the law being top of my list given the focus on critical analysis, problem solving and negotiating skills.
A law conversion course followed, and it was during my training contract that I was inspired to focus on employment law. No one day is ever the same and it remains a rapidly evolving and often emotive area of the law where you can make a tangible impact by helping ensure the smooth operation of a client’s HR function.
3. What energises you at work?
Helping a client successfully chart a path through situations which, at the outset, may appear impossible to navigate through.
4. What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend?
Pre-lockdown, it would be long walks with the family in the Dales or taking my young children to activities or parties. Post lockdown, you will find me doing what can only be loosely termed as ‘gardening’. It is an understatement to say I am looking forward to a return to pre-lockdown days, (and will be reminding myself of that when ferrying a car full of screaming under 10-year olds’ to various events).
5. Do you have a favourite quote?
Not really a quote but if you follow the golden rule of: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ and you can’t go far wrong.