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  • Rebecca Thornley-Gibson

    Rebecca Thornley-Gibson
    Partner, London

    Employment, pensions & immigration, Employment, Aviation & travel

    T. 0207 481 0010
    D. 0207 551 8305

Rebecca is a highly experienced employment law specialist, advising on all areas of employment related issues. She joined Ince in 2016 following over 20 years at a leading regional law firm where she was Head of Employment and led the Travel Sector Team. She provides advice and support with an emphasis on a “can do” approach, whilst minimising financial, reputational and disruption risk.

Whilst Rebecca has a varied client base, she has worked extensively in the travel and aviation sectors with European airlines, global tour operators and suppliers to the sectors. Clients include membership organisations, ship management companies, travel technology companies and football clubs. Rebecca also provides support to senior executives on an individual basis, particularly in the sports, retail, media and travel and aviation industries.

Her work covers all areas of employment law, including providing support on contract and policy frameworks, tribunal representation, employee relations issues, as well as advising on company restructuring, TUPE and exit arrangements. Rebecca develops and delivers in house training to organisations on employment law topics and performance and behaviour in the workplace.

Rebecca also provides data protection advisory support to clients and is a “first responder” for cyber breach issues.

Highlight Matters

  • Providing training to over 300 individuals on a company’s Behavioural Code of Conduct
  • Speaking at ABTA’s 2 Day Travel Law workshop
  • Providing advice on the employment impacts of the merger of two travel companies 
  • Advising on the implications of the employment impacts on acquisition of a company in administration and ensuring the purchase strategy minimised risks for the purchaser
  • Advising companies and individuals in the travel and aviation sector on exit arrangements 
  • Providing National Minimum Wage advice in the travel sector in respect of overseas workers
  • GDPR audit and advisory services to overseas clients

Legal Directories

  • The Legal 500 – Listed as a Leading Individual within Travel in Legal 500 2019; Consistently Ranked in Legal 500
  • Chambers UK - Consistently Ranked in Chambers


“Hi Rebecca just wanted to add my thanks and appreciation for your prompt handling of the matter and in such an excellent manner.” MD of Travel Business
“Thank you very much, Rebecca. It is comforting to have you as our wing woman” HR Manager, Energy Company

Professional Associations & Membership

  • Member of the Employment Lawyers Association 
  • Member of the Aviation Club UK  
  • Trustee East Grinstead Sports Club

What you may not know about Rebecca

Holiday destinations are chosen on the basis of the quality of the nearby zoological gardens/safari park/aquarium/aviary : “ A bad day at the zoo is better than a good day in the office,”

Employment, pensions & immigration, Employment, Aviation & travel


Legal 500, Chambers UK

Education (University):
University of West England