Highly regioselective synthetic methodology leading to densely functionalised C(3), C(4) and C(5) substituted pyrazoles 10a–q, 14a-i and 16a–g via thermal [3+2]-dipolar cycloaddition, of a-diazoacetates and a-thio-ß-chloroacrylamides, at the sulfide, sulfoxide and sulfone levels of oxidation, is described. This method allows access to C(4)-sulfenyl or sulfonyl pyrazoles, through migration of the sulfur substituent at the sulfide and sulfone oxidation levels, while elimination of the sulfinyl group leading to 3,5-disubstituted pyrazoles, is observed. While the sulfide migration is readily rationalised, the carbon to carbon 1,2-sulfonyl migration is unprecedented and mechanistically intriguing. The synthetically versatile generation of densely functionalised pyrazoles containing substituents amenable to further modification offers advantages over alternative synthetic routes. Isolation of the N-alkylated pyrazoles 11a and 12a as by-products from the cycloaddition through further reaction of the pyrazoles 10 with excess a-diazoacetate, proved useful in rationalising the tautomeric behaviour evident in the NMR spectra of the pyrazoles, with the position of tautomeric equilibrium influenced by solvent and substituents.