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Thompsons Solicitors now has an NUJ page

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Thompsons banner commemorating its founder Harry Thompson representing the Poplar Councillors. These were imprisoned in 1921 for refusing to redistribute income from local taxes to much wealthier London boroughs such as Westminster.

THOMPSONS Solicitors, lawyers to the trade union movement including the NUJ, now have a dedicated NUJ page on their website.

The page points you to emergency criminal law advice - including advice if you are arrested, detained or obstructed by police while covering public order events for work. It details free advice and representation for NUJ members on personal injury and clinical negligence cases; employment law advice and wills services and conveyancing at "competitive" rates for Union members.

Thompsons regularly advise NUJ members on employment law, on issues such as redundancy. As their NUJ page explains, members will in many cases have to go through their Organiser at the NUJ: in most cases for freelances this will be via the Freelance Office. The Thompsons page refers you to the relevant NUJ channels to go through.

NUJ members facing a legal emergency should in most cases first contact Thompsons: see the Freelance emergency contacts page. For less urgent legal issues, NUJ member freelances should read our "how to get legal assistance" page before contacting the Freelance Office.

The NUJ does not exclusively use the services of Thompsons. At its discretion, it may engage specialists - for example for actions against the police, for intellectual property cases or in defamation cases. It may choose to use the services of its own Legal Officer. For public enquiries, such as the Leveson Inquiry and the ongoing Undercover Policing Inquiry, the NUJ has engaged industrial relations specialist John Hendy QC.

The Freelance is not qualified to give legal advice, nor to recommend any legal services.