UNISON: legal protection for those who protect

Every day, public service workers go above and beyond to support and protect our communities, but who makes sure when they need it that they are protected too?

UNISON - the public service union, and Thompsons Solicitors - the UK's leading trade union law firm. 

At Thompsons, we're proud to provide legal protection for UNISON members, for those who play such a valuable role in our society. 

We understand the impact austerity, pay-cuts, long working-hours and poor working conditions is having on public service workers who despite all that are - day in, and day out - keeping us safe, educated, healthy and cared for. 

Those workers who give so much, deserve only the very best legal backing. 

That's why we provide free legal advice and protection to more than 1.3 million UNISON members across England, Scotland and Wales.

We provide protection for those who protect working in:

  • NHS and social care roles
  • Local and regional councils
  • Colleges and schools
  • The electricity, gas and water industries
  • Transport
  • Police and justice
  • Community and voluntary roles.


If you've been injured and need advice - get in touch to access free, no obligation expert advice today on 0808 252 2783.

Watch this video which explains more about the process of making a personal injury claim.

Legal protection for you, and your family

As a UNISON member, if you are injured or involved in an accident, at or outside of work, on the roads or on holiday*, we're here to protect you, providing the legal expertise you need to secure compensation for your injuries. But our expert lawyers are also on hand to offer free legal advice and representation to your family members too for any accidents they have away from work including on the roads or on holiday.*

Unlike other lawyers, we only ever act for the injured or mistreated worker - never for employers, and never for insurance companies. That means we use our almost hundred years' of expertise to stand up for those who protect, not defend those who cause injury. 

The process of making a personal injury claim with UNISON

After having an initial conversation with our friendly and knowledgeable legal enquiry team, if we think you have a case your claim will be assigned to an appropriate legal specialist. A lawyer will provide support and advice at every step of your claim, and will have a track record of helping other union members too.

UNISON’s promise to you: you or your family member will keep 100 per cent of the compensation you secure from your claim. We won’t make any deductions from your settlement and you won’t pay a penny in legal fees whether you win, or lose – it’s all part of your UNISON membership.


A total package of free legal protection for UNISON members

UNISON members get a total package of free legal advice and representation in:*

  • Personal injury claims
  • Accident at work claims
  • Claims of the upmost severity including brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation and fatalities
  • Industrial disease or illness claims including asbestos.

Your membership also includes:

  • Employment law advice accessed via your UNISON rep’
  • Settlement agreements
  • Work-related criminal law advice
  • A free initial assessment in clinical negligence cases and then special funding terms
  • A free online standard wills service. If you are a union member in Scotland, please use Thompsons Scotland's separate facility to start your free will
  • Reduced rates for conveyancing
  • Free initial legal advice on the telephone of up to 30 minutes.

*Within the union scheme. Terms and conditions apply. 

UNISON member, David Coggill, 58, was exposed to asbestos while working as a boiler maintenance man

“I'm grateful to UNISON and Thompsons Solicitors, as this compensation gives me the financial security I wouldn't have had before. I can't recommend them enough."

UNISON member

"I cannot praise UNISON and Thompsons enough. They helped me throughout my battle and forced my employer to eventually accept that it had not done enough to protect me from the risks of wet work."

Wendy, UNISON member

Free legal advice whenever you need it

Ready to make a claim or just looking for some initial advice? Call UNISON on 0800 0 857 857 to access free legal advice. Alternatively, visit www.unison.org.uk/legalservices for more information about the legal services you can access as a UNISON member.

*Holiday claims cover accidents outside the UK too where the case can be pursued in the UK courts.