Sir Stuart Bell, MP for Middlesbrough, yesterday officially opened both Thompsons Solicitors' new office and the GMB union's new office on Teesside.

Picture shows, left to right: Ray Mallon, Mayor of Middlesbrough; Tom Brennan, Regional Secretary of GMB Northern Region; Sir Stuart Bell MP; Mark Berry, Regional Business Development Manager at Thompsons Solicitors; Jackie Woodall, Senior Organiser of GMB Northern Region; and Andrew McDonald, Middlesbrough Team Manager at Thompsons Solicitors.

Thompsons has been providing legal advice for the people of Middlesbrough for over 25 years, but the move to Linthorpe Road brings the law firm closer to people who need legal advice on personal injuries and industrial diseases.

Andrew McDonald, Thompsons Team Manager at Middlesbrough said, "It's a great move for us, we're now more accessible to our existing clients and more noticeable to passers by."

The GMB union has been on Teesside for over 20 years and believes its new office will be more accessible to GMB members.

Largest specialist personal injury law firm

Tom Brennan, Regional Secretary of GMB Northern Region said, "The GMB is a modern and vibrant trade union and we are now where we believe trade unions should be - among the shops, banks and solicitors."

The Middlesbrough office is the second Thompsons office in the North East to open on a high street. In April the firm opened the first of its high street branches on Fowler Street in South Shields.

Sir Stuart Bell declared the two offices open saying, "It gives me great pleasure to open both Thompsons and the GMB's new offices in Middlesbrough. Each of them has helped many of my constituents in the past and I'm sure they will help many more from this central position."

Thompsons Solicitors is the largest specialist personal injury and industrial disease law firm in the UK, with 20 offices across the country.

To contact Thompsons at Middlesbrough, telephone 08000 224 224 or call into the Linthorpe Road branch. To contact the GMB in Middlesbrough, telephone 01642 241751.