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Thompsons - Legal help

Thompsons Solicitors are the most experienced national specialist personal injury practice in the country with over 800 staff in a network of offices nationwide. Thompsons will only work for an injured member of the public and unlike some other solicitors, will never work for insurance companies or employers.

At Thompsons Solicitors, we are also proud to help members of Trade Unions with not only personal injury compensation claims but also with matters relating to employment rights such as pensions, dismissals, discriminations, equal pay and transfer of undertaking (TUPE). We are unable to help non-union members with employment rights cases and if you are not a Union member, see why you should join a Trade Union link to or union’s own membership page.

Thompsons Solicitors has a reputation for taking aggressive legal action to ensure we secure the maximum amount of compensation in the shortest possible time and secure, over 150 million as personal injury compensation every year for our clients who have been injured in accidents for which they were not at fault. One of the highest personal injury compensation awards ever made in the UK was secured by Thompsons Solicitors and was 3.4 million for a client injured in a road traffic accident.

If Thompsons Solicitors deals with your personal injury compensation claim, they will do so on a completely cost-free basis to you, their client. In England and Wales all legal fees will be recovered from the person responsible for your personal injury, ensuring that the service is entirely cost-free for you. The legal regime in Northern Ireland is different to England and Wales, however you are still entitled to a free consultation with Thompsons Solicitors. The most common personal injury compensation claims we deal with are as a result of:

Thompsons' History of recovering Compensation for Injured People Speaks for Itself

  • Asbestos Related Illnesses - Thompsons helped to establish the legal liability of employers and also recovered the first personal injury compensation for an asbestos related disease contracted by a bystander.
  • Road Traffic Accidents - Thompsons Solicitors have recovered one of the highest ever awards of personal injury compensation in the UK for a victim of a Road Traffic Accident - 3.4 million.
  • Industrial Deafness - Thompsons has recovered 289 million so far for people suffering from Industrial Deafness and brought the original test cases to have to right to compensation recognised.
  • Stress - Thompsons won the first ever award of compensation for a client suffering from Stress at Work.
  • Passive Smoking - Thompsons Solicitors brought the first ever successful cases of clients injured by passive smoking.
  • Major Public Disasters - Thompsons have represented victims of disasters such as Piper Alpha, Zeebrugge, Hillsborough, The King's Cross Fire and the Clapham and Paddington rail crashes.

Proud to Work with Trade Unions

At Thompsons Solicitors, we strongly believe, based on 80 years of experience that it is in employees' best interests to become a member of a Trade Union. For more information, read about the benefits of union membership. As a member of a Union you will then have access to a wide range of legal services, support and advice. Thompsons Solicitors has an Employments Rights Unit with expert staff in each of their offices to assist Trade Union members exclusively. The Units specialise in:

  • Pensions including cases of mis-selling
  • European Law including transfer of undertakings
  • Equal pay
  • Sex discrimination
  • Race discrimination
  • Disability discrimination
  • Dismissals including redundancy

Thompsons Solicitors have also helped thousands of Trade Union members to protect their rights at work including the following test cases and headline-making victories:

  • Equal Pay - Thompsons successfully pursued a case on behalf of North Yorkshire school meals staff to the House of Lords securing a total award of 10 million.
  • Sex Discrimination - Thompsons Solicitors have won many headline cases against employers including one case for a female fire-fighter who secured 200,000 compensation against her employers against her employers.
  • Transfer of Undertakings (TUPE) - Thompsons won the leading UK case, have taken judicial reviews and have given expert evidence to the European Parliament to help protect the interests of thousands of workers.
  • Redundancy - Useful downloads (March 2010)
    Powerpoint Presentation
    Redundancy Checklist
    Redundancy Training stock letters
    Redundancy Case Studies

If you are a Trade Union member, Thompsons Solicitors can offer you free legal assistance with any personal injury, clinical negligence or industrial disease claim as well as:

  • Fixed fee wills by post
  • Low-cost conveyancing
  • Free legal advice regarding an employment rights issue
  • Free legal advice regarding a non-employment issue

Union officials

We have produced a range of publications to assist union members and officials. Our library has links to the following publications:

Who to Contact

To request copies of any of our publications or to join our mailing list for Labour and European Law Review please email [email protected]

• To find out more about membership benefits contact our helpline, UNISONdirect on 0845 355 0845. Lines are open 6am-midnight Mon to Fri and 9am-4pm Sat.

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