Carol Hamlet is a highly experienced litigation assistant working in Thompsons Solicitors’ personal injury team in Manchester and covering the North West of England.

Carol has worked at Thompsons for 34 years, starting in 1985 when the firm was Brian Thompson & Partners of Quay Street in Manchester.

 She has spent most of her time in the employment rights unit and latterly the equal pay unit. She was redeployed to the personal injury disease team in November 2018.

Carol currently works on cases which are largely dealt with on-line through the so-called “claims portal”.


Carol has assisted with highly complex, long-running multi-claimant equal pay cases against employers across the country. She has also been involved in pursuing significant sex discrimination claims on behalf of trade union members. She has assisted with the day-to-day running and case management of multi-million pound settlements involving councils across the North-West and West Midlands for tens of thousands of mainly low paid women public sector workers.  

Carol has been closely involved with the huge equal pay case against Birmingham City Council involving 9,000 UNISON, GMB and Unite members which secured more than £50 million in compensation. She has also assisted with an equal pay claim on behalf of 1,500 UNISON members against Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council which resulted in £15 million in compensation. She has assisted with successful significant equal pay claims against Trafford, Bury, St. Helens, Bolton, Manchester, Liverpool, Sefton, Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd and Wrexham Councils and various regional NHS trusts for many thousands of trade unionists.

Since then she has been responsible for portal claims involving personal injury.