A real sense of justice has been the making of Thompsons Solicitors, and it could be the making of you too.
We’re the most experienced trade union and personal injury law firm. We have teams of specialists focused on personal injury and employment law, based in our 17 offices across the UK.
We’re a different kind of law firm because we only work on behalf of injured or mistreated people and never for employers or insurance firms. You will also see the difference in Thompsons Solicitors as an employer.
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Working at Thompsons Solicitors
We’re pioneers in our field, acting as a key driver behind historic decisions, and we encourage our people to share our principles and strive to continue developing professionally during their employment at Thompsons.
We challenge our employees as professionals and provide them with the opportunity to make a personal difference and work on high-profile cases that make history.
While we expect you to work hard, we believe in being fair with our employees, and their wellbeing is at the centre of our priorities. In our offices, the emphasis is very much on team working. Our culture encourages collaboration, openness and honesty. We empower our people across Thompsons to take the decisions they need to keep our business moving forward, ultimately helping those who have suffered an injury or injustice.
Roles at Thompsons
Most of our work is in personal injury, employment and criminal and professional misconduct law. These are exciting opportunities for dynamic, enthusiastic and innovative lawyers. You must be sensitive to the needs of our clients and have empathy with the trade union movement. An ability to make decisions, work with minimum supervision and exercise judgement are essential as is self-motivation and confidence. For most posts we would require a solicitor with between one and two years’ PQE or a legal executive/assistant with two or more years’ experience, within the appropriate specialism. We do have senior roles, which would require considerably more legal and management experience.
There are a range of jobs that fall into this category. In the main, you would be assisting our various specialist teams in day-to-day activities, which might include taking witness statements, preparation of special damage calculations, attending case conferences and court hearings etc. In some positions, you would be allocated a number of cases under the supervision of a senior member of staff.
Excellent communication skills, computer literacy and good keyboard skills are essential. Legal experience is often an advantage and in some posts a law degree, or similar, as well as previous experience would be required.
Litigation experience is essential, together with good organisational and communication skills, and experience of using Microsoft Word. Fast and accurate typing skills are also required, as is experience of audio typing. You must be a team player and able to work with minimum supervision to meet deadlines in a busy and fast moving environment.
We have managers who head up our Finance, IT and HR functions. In addition, we have office administrators who do not undertake legal work but support the smooth running of offices by providing a professional service and dealing with admin, personnel and accounting matters. For all posts at this level, we would require education to degree level or equivalent and significant experience in a particular specialism and/or people management.
We also have a range of posts within the support functions of HR, Finance, Payroll and IT. In addition, each office will have general administration, post room and receptionist roles. Some posts are more specialised, such as accountant or IT Developer. The person specification will be dependent upon the role, though like all our other posts we want commitment, enthusiasm and real team players. For professional level posts we would ask for an appropriate qualification and experience.
We have a network of offices across the country and each office is responsible for any work placements available. You can find details of our office locations here. Please make direct contact with the office(s) in which you would be interested in undertaking a placement.
We also work in partnership with both national and local institutions to ensure we are supporting social mobility in all of our regions.
Benefits of working at Thompsons Solicitors
For those who join us at Thompsons, we offer a range of comprehensive benefits.
We have a great reputation for training and developing our own talent, with many of our most senior staff having progressed through the firm. On top of that, there is a structured pay scale, too.
Here is a summary of some of the benefits and rewards we offer:
- Generous annual leave entitlement
- Contributory pension scheme with life assurance and permanent health insurance
- Range of family-friendly benefits
- Employee Assistance programme that's available 24/7 for you and your family
- Interest-free loans for travel
- Bike to work scheme
- A range of local branch benefits, rewards and social activities including the opportunity to join contributory sports and social club.
Thompsons’ commitments, awards and accreditations
We’re proud to have been recognised and rewarded as a law firm and employer by some of the leading industry organisations.