From Grenfell to Hillsborough; the Manchester Bombings to decades of deceit by undercover policing – Thompsons Solicitors has played a pivotal role in the public inquiries and inquests that have investigated what went wrong.

Our role has been to seek to ensure that lessons are learnt so that these tragic events don’t happen again.


Workers at Clapham Junction rail crash
Workers at Clapham Junction rail crash, 1988
Grenfell tower block
Grenfell Tower after the fire disaster
Undercover policing inquiry
Supporters of women taking legal action against undercover policing


Since 1921 we have:

  • Helped rail unions and their members involved in rail disasters, including inquiries into incidents at Kings Cross, Ladbroke Grove, Paddington and Clapham Junction
  • Provided legal guidance and support to the FBU, injured firefighters and bereaved families who have suffered death and physical and psychological injuries in fire disasters. This includes the ongoing inquiries into the Grenfell Tower disaster and the Manchester Arena bombing as well as fatal incidents at Bethnal Green Road, Harrow Court, Marlie Farm, Shirley Towers and Oldham Street
  • Advised and represented trade unions in the ongoing Undercover Policing Inquiry, described as one of the most complicated and delayed public inquiries in British legal history
  • Helped nurses and midwives facing investigation into the work practices of the trusts for whom they worked including the Morecambe Bay Investigation Report, Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry and the Independent Investigation into East Kent Maternity Services
  • Supported a number of inquests including the death of London firefighter Jaden Francois-Esprit, who took his own life following reports of bullying and harassment, and a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the death of John Townsend in an explosion at work, which led to a fine of almost £1 million for his employer.

Legal support for you

We have a proud history of fighting only for the injured and mistreated – being there for our clients day-to-day and when catastrophe strikes.

Visit our trade union hub for more information on Thompsons Solicitors’ commitment to standing with unions.