National trade union law firm Thompsons Solicitors announced the launch of “The Thompson Foundation” at an event attended by eminent colleagues from across the trade union and labour movement last night (4 March).

The Thompson Foundation has been established to mark the retirement of David Thompson from the firm. It will be the first time in Thompsons’ 94 year history that no member of the Thompson family will be working for the firm, which was established by David’s grandfather W.H. Thompson.

“Since its foundation in 1921, Thompsons has been constant in its aim to be the leading legal adviser to the trade union and labour movement,” said Stephen Cavalier, chief executive.

“We have established The Thompson Foundation to maintain the firm’s links with the Thompson family and to guarantee in perpetuity our unique constitutional commitment “to assist trade unions and their members and not to earn Members the maximum income which, in general practice (including work for more affluent clients), they are capable of earning.”

“David is a close comrade and friend who has made a huge contribution to the firm’s development and success. His retirement marks an unprecedented milestone in our history and we are delighted that the Thompson Foundation will maintain his connection with the firm.”

David Thompson said: “I am proud that The Thompson Foundation will underpin the firm’s continued commitment to the trade union and labour movement, provide bursaries to support aspiring trade union lawyers and hold an annual lecture by an eminent figure on issues concerning trade unions.

“We are custodians of the great history of Thompsons and I am confident that the leadership of the firm will continue that tradition and ensure a successful future for the firm.”

The inaugural Thompson Foundation lecture was delivered by Shami Chakrabarti CBE, Director of Liberty, to an invited audience of distinguished guests at the TUC headquarters in London.


Ms Chakrabarti said: “In addition to forming Thompsons, W.H. Thompson was a founding member of the National Council for Civil Liberties. His vision of using the law to provide justice for working people lives on today in the work of David Thompson and that of the wider firm.

“I was proud to deliver the inaugural Thompson Foundation lecture and to join colleagues with shared values to pay tribute to David’s long career of fighting for injured workers and their families."