Thompsons Solicitors is more than just a personal injury and trade union law firm. Throughout our history, we have actively campaigned for positive change for the benefit of injured and working people. That campaigning tradition lives on today.

Standing with Unions

For almost 100 years, Thompsons Solicitors has stood shoulder to shoulder with the trade union movement, working with unions for improved workers’ rights, campaigning for justice and equality. Find out how we're standing with unions here.

The Standing With Unions Logo, showing people standing together in solidarity

Under the COSHH

Thousands of workers die each year from illnesses caused by overexposure to hazardous substances at work. Employers have a legal duty to protect their employees in the workplace. This includes preventing or reducing workers’ exposure to hazardous substances at work and complying with the COSHH. However, this isn't always the case.

That's why we're doing all we can do to equip employees to know whether their employer is complying with the law, with the aim of reducing the number of injured workers we see.

Asbestos: Past, but present

Asbestos is the biggest single cause of work-related deaths in the UK.

Our 'Asbestos: Past, but present' campaign highlights issues around asbestos exposure and supporting those who are suffering. We are giving a voice to those with asbestos-related illnesses, their families, and communities. We want them to tell their stories - past and present.

Feeding Fat Cats

We are against government plans to increase the small claims limit from £1,000 to £5,000 for road accident compensation claim.

See some of the facts about personal injury claims and why the government announcement will prevent hundreds of thousands of union members from accessing justice.

Focus on safety at work

Health and safety is critical in the workplace, yet thousands of workers are still seriously injured in accidents or develop life-threatening illnesses as a result of their working conditions every year. Thompsons Solicitors is promoting awareness of this issue by encouraging trade union members to submit their depiction of health and safety in a new photography competition.

Hasthag for Thompsons Solicitors' Focus Safety campaign.

Small claims big impact

The government wants to raise the small claims limit from £1,000 to £5,000, leaving road crash victims without access to free legal representation.

We say road traffic accidents are not ‘small' claims - they have a big impact on people’s lives and these changes will price people out of justice. Learn more about our Small Claims, Big Impact campaign.

Patients Before Profits - Justice for Paterson Victims

In May 2017, Ian Paterson, a former breast surgeon who unnecessarily operated on hundreds of patients across a number of private healthcare institutions, was sentenced to 15 years in prison at Nottingham Crown Court. Thompsons Solicitors uncovered his negligence and, during our investigations, we discovered multiple issues surrounding the private healthcare sector and how they can, and do, shift responsibility when things go wrong.

Thompsons Solicitors launched #PatientsBeforeProfits to campaign to ensure that people across the UK no longer fall victim to these issues. Show your support - click to read more.

The logo for Thompsons Solicitors' Patients Before Profits campaign to support victims of surgeon Ian Paterson.

Palestine Solidarity Campaign

We work with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign to raise awareness of the human rights abuses taking place in occupied territories in Palestine.

Learn more about how we use our international reputation to show solidarity to the people of Palestine.

South African Miners

Thompsons was responsible for a landmark £45million settlement on behalf of South African miners and their families exposed to asbestos.

Read how we held the companies who ruthlessly exploited their labour during the apartheid years to account.

A South African miner underground.

Venezuela Solidarity Campaign

Thompsons works with partners from across the trade union movement to promote democracy and social progress in Venezuela.

Read how the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign is defending the Venezuelan people’s rights to determine their own future free from oppression.

Show Racism the Red Card

We are committed to stamping out racism and promoting equality in all parts of society.

Learn more about the work we do to support anti-racism education charity Show Racism the Red Card.

A team of people at Thompsons Solicitors law firm with celebrities wearing 'Show Racism the Red Card' red T-shirts.

Union Solidarity International

Union Solidarity International uses new and emerging technologies to help trade unionists to build grassroots links.

Find out more about how we support their activists and campaigners here.

Cuba Solidarity Campaign

We work with the Cuba Solidarity Campaign to raise awareness of trade union victimisation and human rights abuses taking place in Cuba.

Read how we work with the TUC and trade union partners to build international solidarity and demonstrate global opposition.

A march to represent Unite the Union and the Cuba solidarity campaign.

Justice for Colombia

Justice for Colombia was established to campaign for peace and social justice in Colombia in 2002.

Learn more about our work alongside Justice for Colombia, campaigning for the release of political prisoners and the strengthening of human rights.

The Thompson Foundation

The Thompson Foundation was established in 2015 to mark the retirement of the final member of the Thompson family from the firm.

Learn more about the Thompson Foundation and the commitments it underpins here.

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The Ethnic Penalty

Research by analysts Webber Phillips estimate more than one in five UK residents - 12 million people - are being affected by an “Ethnic Penalty” when purchasing car insurance.

Read the report in full.

Blacklisting Victory Campaign

Thompsons Solicitors is proud to have supported Unite the Union in securing over £10 million in compensation for families who have suffered the consequences of illegal blacklisting.

Learn more here.

People protesting to stop victimisation of union members to end the blacklist.

The Miners’ Strike 1984/85

1984 saw a year-long strike by the National Union of Mineworkers, following the closure of 20 coal pits and the loss of 20,000 mining jobs by a newly elected Conservative Government. Thompsons stood alongside the NUM during the strike and not only attempted to look after the interests of the union as a whole, but also represented many individual workers who faced serious criminal charges.

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