Thompsons Solicitors has received special recognition from brain injury charity Headway for its work on the Justice Project.

The project was established to help ensure survivors of brain injuries are identified at the earliest opportunity if they come into contact with the criminal justice system.

Survivors carry a Headway Brain Injury Identity Card, so they can explain the effects of their brain injury and request support, if they need it. The card also includes a 24-hour legal helpline, meaning people can contact Thompsons at any time for legal advice. From January to October this year alone, almost 200 people used the service.

Thompsons was awarded a Trustees’ Special Award for its involvement in the project, an accolade created to mark Headway’s 40th anniversary.

Clare Mellor, operations director at Thompsons Solicitors, said: “We are proud to have campaigned alongside Headway for decades to reduce workplace risks, raise awareness of the issues facing those with a brain injury, and ensure survivors are linked-up with the best people who can provide the help they need.

“Our role in the Justice Project is to ensure that those who come into contact with the criminal justice system, often through no fault of their own, are treated fairly and with respect, and we are honoured to receive the Trustees’ Special Award in recognition of our work.”

Andrew Green, chairman of Headway, said he was delighted to award Thompsons Solicitors the prize and thanked the firm for its commitment in helping Headway provide vital services to brain injury survivors.

He said: “Thompsons has been a key partner in the Justice Project since 2016 and has helped us support hundreds of brain injury survivors who have come into contact with the criminal justice system.

“Thompsons has been an excellent partner in the Justice Project and we are pleased to acknowledge its significant contribution.”