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Thompsons Solicitors: A Personal History of the Firm and Its Founder

ISBN13: 9780850366389
Published: January 2013
Publisher: Merlin Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £25.00

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Thompsons Solicitors have been working for the TUC and fighting for workers' rights since their inception. They are the biggest trade union law firm specialising in claims for compensation in cases involving workplace injuries and disputes. The firm has branches all over the UK and employs over 1000 people.

This book presents stories, events and campaigns: for compensation, for workers' entitlements and political cases: the Poplar Borough Council case, the Meerut Trials of 1929, and others from the 1920s and '30s, many involving members of the Labour and Communist parties.

It chronicles the development of the firm into the present and witnesses to Thompsons' involvement with the Labour Research Department and the NCCL - now Liberty.

The veins of greatness
Birth and Background
Conscience and Convictions
Joan Beauchamp
Biscuits and scary reds
The first major case - Poplar Borough Council
More scary reds
Early organisation and some family memories
Thinking has a colossal future
Mother Earth and Father Land
The Tree of Liberty
Dying for work
Harry Thompson: the man life and death
The King is dead
long live the king
People and offices in London
The opening of regional offices
Collective action - legal battles
Everyday Life in the Offices
The demise of W.H. Thompson
The New Firms
Industrial Disputes: Back to the Future
A national firm
Personal Injury campaigns and test cases
Employment Law starts to bite
Preparing for life after Robin and Brian
From 1996 - change, challenge and campaigns
More test cases
Thompsons Scotland and Northern Ireland
Robin and Brian Thompson
My story
Index of Cases
Acknowledgements. Illustrated throughout: B/w photos etc.