Thompsons Solicitors has deep-rooted links with the trade union and labour movement. Since the firm’s foundation in 1921 it has fought for social justice with a commitment throughout to only acting for the injured or mistreated in society – never for employers or insurance companies. A belief in challenging injustice and promoting fairness and equality flows throughout a firm committed to acting for people who need legal representation the most, not those who can pay the most. The firm is representing the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster of June 2017.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK:
The firm specialises in claimant personal injury cases advising thousands of people and securing in excess of £100 million damages each year. Claims are dealt with by lawyers who specialise in specific case types from a slip in the street to a claim of the upmost severity.
Thompsons was instrumental in establishing the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and continues to campaign for enhanced workplace protections today. It established important precedents in the Court of Appeal cases of Dugmore v Swansea NHS Trust (2002) and Allison v LUL (2008) and in the Supreme Court case of Cox v MoJ (2016). The firm secured more than £72 million for injured workers during 2018.
The firm was responsible for the first-ever successful asbestos disease claim before the House of Lords in 1972 and has led the field in asbestos litigation ever since. In the three years to 2018, it secured over £126 million for asbestos disease victims. Recent successes include claims against Cape Asbestos Company and ensuring insurance companies fund treatment for clients on a private basis.
The 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 almost 300 mesh-injured patients and undertakes a range of clinical negligence work including of the upmost severity, birth injury and cerebral palsy claims.
The firm has an unparalleled history of working with trade unions to defend workers’ rights and plays a central role across the union movement. 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.
The criminal litigation unit provides work-related criminal law and professional misconduct advice to trade union members. 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 acts for thousands of individual claimants each year, and is the legal provider of choice to the majority of the UK’s major trade unions.
A specialist foreign jurisdiction team regularly manages complex cross-border claims and secured more than £3 million in damages in 2018.
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.
Equity Members (partners): 25
Salaried Members: 20
Other fees earners: 222
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