Employment law specialist Ben is based at Thompsons Solicitors’ Manchester office and handles cases across the north west of England and north Wales.

Ben trained as a solicitor whilst working at Thompsons and has been an executive on the firm’s Employment Matters Team for more than a decade.

Focusing primarily on unlawful discrimination claims, Ben provides employment advice and representation to trade unions and their members, including during employment tribunal claims.

Ben is driven by a passion for standing up for trade union members who have experienced poor treatment at work and seeking the best possible outcome on their behalf.

Working at Thompsons is rewarding for Ben because of the firm’s unique position of acting only for trade union members during employment cases and never for employers.

Ben is an active member of his local running club and enjoys running half marathons.


Discrimination claim: Ben represented a care worker in her disability discrimination claim which was successful at the employment tribunal. A job offer that had been made to the client was withdrawn on the basis that she was not mentally and physically fit, despite advice from Occupational Health that she was medically fit for the role. Ben also represented the client in successfully defending the appeal against the judgement to the employment appeal tribunal. The client was awarded over £30,000 as a result of her successful claim.

Unfair dismissal claim: Ben represented a union member in her successful employment tribunal claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination arising from disability and a failure to comply with the duty to make reasonable adjustments. The claimant received an award of over £100,000 from the employment tribunal as a result of her successful claim.


A former client of Ben’s said: “As always I received excellent service from Thompsons Solicitors - in particular from Ben Stredder.”

Another of Ben’s former clients said: “I received an excellent service from a Mr Ben Stredder, providing a very professional and efficient service during a very stressful time for me. He gave sound advice about the claim, he was excellent in keeping me fully informed and he always followed up verbal communication with a letter confirming advice and decisions agreed, very efficient service. I would highly recommend Thompsons to family friends and colleagues based on the service given by Mr Stredder.”