As a supplier or user of workers within agriculture, horticulture, shellfish gathering, and associated processing and packaging activities, compliance with the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority’s (GLAA) licensing regulations is key to your livelihood. Our experienced Disputes Team provides tailored legal advice to help you obtain, retain or recover a GLAA licence, or to defend you against prosecution or investigation by the GLAA.

Key Contacts

Robert James

Partner 0117 374 9614


We understand how important your GLAA licence is to your business. Whether you are applying for your first GLAA licence and need advice on compliance, or you need to appeal a licensing decision or are subject to an investigation by the GLAA, our team will support you from beginning to end.

From attending dawn raids to supervising interviews under caution and defending GLAA prosecutions, our litigation expertise and experience working on high-profile cases ensures you receive the best legal support.

We also advise on civil claims brought by workers, drawing on alternative dispute resolution measures to achieve the right outcome. Taking time to understand your case, our robust team will provide you with comprehensive support to meet your needs, whatever the circumstances.

Our Disputes Team has been involved in a number of high-profile matters. Highlights include:

  • Advising an employment agency accused in a Channel 4 documentary of exploiting workers, which included writing to Channel 4 in defence of the client
  • Defending a gangmaster couple in a high-profile case in which they were accused of modern slavery. Thrings helped the couple reach a settlement with the claimants, with a value of around £1 million
  • Advising a recruitment company found guilty of not possessing the necessary gangmaster license for its services
  • Appealing the GLAA licensing decision for a specialist agricultural recruitment company in the employment tribunal

Our expertise in this area encompasses:

  • Advising on civil claims brought by workers
  • Advising on obtaining and retaining a GLAA licence
  • Appealing against licensing revocations
  • Attending dawn raids
  • Defending GLAA prosecutions and investigations
  • Interviews under caution