Equity Members (partners): 25
Salaried Members: 20
Other fee earners: 222
Since Thompsons' foundation 100 years ago in 1921 the firm has fought for social justice, only ever acting for the injured or mistreated — those who need legal representation the most, not those who can pay the most — and never for employers or insurance companies. A belief in challenging injustice and promoting fairness and equality is embedded in a firm that has acted for the unions throughout its history.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK:
The firm acts only for claimants advising thousands of people and securing in excess of £150 million damages each year. The firm’s strength in depth means it is organised by way of specialist units dealing with specific case types. From a slip in the street to a claim of the upmost severity clients deal with lawyers specialised in and focussed on the case type in question.
Thompsons ran the cases that made the workplace injury law framework that exists today. Since running the 1937 case that established the concept of employers’ liability to playing an instrumental role in establishing the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to the cases of Dugmore v Swansea NHS Trust (2002), Allison v LUL (2008) Cox v MoJ (2016) the firm has pushed boundaries for enhanced workplace protections. The firm secured nearly £59million for injured workers in 2019.
Thompsons has been representing victims of asbestos related disease for more than 50 years and since being responsible for the first-ever successful asbestos disease claim before the House of Lords in 1972 has lead the field in asbestos litigation ever since. In the three years to 2020, it secured just under £99million for asbestos disease victims. Recent successes include recovering damages for the costs of treatment not available on the NHS and mesothelioma cases involving low levels of exposure to asbestos.
Thompsons’ industrial disease department handles thousands of cases and regularly litigates Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome, noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus claims. It handled the test case on noise induced hearing loss, leading to the National Deafness Scheme, won the first test cases for welders’ lung and the landmark stress at work claim, John Walker v Northumberland (1995).
Thompsons’ medical negligence practice rose to national prominence after acting for more than 600 claimants pursing negligent breast surgeon Ian Paterson resulting in a High Court approved £37 million compensation package. Currently it is representing more than 400 mesh-injured patients and undertakes a range of clinical negligence work including of the upmost severity, birth injury and has particular expertise in cerebral palsy claims.
The firm acts only for claimants in employment matters and on instruction from the trade union movement. It has an unparalleled history of working with trade unions to defend workers’ rights. The employment rights department has a reputation for securing landmark victories including in 2018 Blacklisting and Lofty v Harris (t/a First Café) 2018 IRLR 512 with regard to the definition of cancer for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010.
Thompsons’ criminal litigation unit which again only acts for employees and only then for trade union members provides work-related criminal law and professional misconduct advice. It has significant experience representing professionals facing proceedings before bodies such as the NMC, the HCPC, the GDC, the GPC and the GTC.
The firm is the legal provider of choice to the majority of the UK’s major trade unions whilst also acting for thousands of individual claimants each year.
A specialist foreign jurisdiction team regularly manages complex cross-border claims and secured almost £2million in damages in 2019.
Thompsons is a pioneering firm that encourages its people to share its principles. Employees are professionally challenged, closely trained and supervised and provided with the opportunity to work on high-profile cases that make history.
Its culture encourages collaboration, openness and honesty. It has a good reputation for training and developing talent, with many of the most senior staff having progressed through the firm. Information about careers and current vacancies can be found here: https://www.thompsons.law/about/careers.
Address Details of UK offices:
23-28 Great Russell Street
5-10 St Paul’s Courtyard
The New Union House
2 Harbour Avenue
88-94 Church Street
55 King Street
15 East Parade
The Synergy Building
Etruria Valley Office Village
37 Park Row
60 Church Street
Abe Lazarus House
Unit A Bishop’s Mews
First Floor Churchill House
Tony Benn House
55 Lowlands Road
50-52 New Road Dagenham
39 Thorpe Road