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Author Allen, Steve (Solicitor), author.

Title Thompsons : a personal history of the firm and its founder / Steve Allen.

Published Pontypool, Wales : Merlin Press, 2012.
 Law Library - First Floor  KD630 .A434 2012     AVAILABLE
Descript xvi, 470 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [463]-464) and index.
Summary "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"--Provided by publisher.
Contents Thompsons today -- 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.
Subject Thompsons Solicitors.
Thompson, W. H. (William Henry) -- Biography.
Law firms -- Great Britain -- History.
Labor lawyers -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Practice of law -- Great Britain.
Other Title Thompsons Solicitors
ISBN 9780850366389 (Paper)
0850366380 (Paper)