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Thompsons NI Solicitors

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Northern Ireland: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 3

Thompsons NI Solicitors

Thompsons NI Solicitors is known for its representation of more than 20 trade unions in collective litigation, as well as individual union members in tribunal claims. The team's caseload includes claims relating to unfair dismissal, minimum wage and holiday pay, and discrimination, as well as TUPE and Protective Award cases. Solicitors George Kilpatrick and Paul Upson are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):George Kilpatrick; Paul Upson


'The fact this practice is used by the majority of trade unions in Northern Ireland gives me confidence that they have similar ethics as the organisation I work in.'

'The team at Thompsons NI have a great way of personalising our members' experience with them and are very easy to talk with, in such a way that anyone that has never used any form of legal services in the past are made to feel comfortable and details explained in a thoughtful way for ease of understanding.'

'The team specialises in claimant advice and representation in the employment tribunal. It is the leader in this field in the unique jurisdiction of Northern Ireland. Its understanding of employment and discrimination is invaluable. Claimants obtain a first-class service.'

'George Kilpatrick gives every case 100% effort and attention. He will leave no stone unturned to assist a client and optimise their outcome. He is an authority on the law in this jurisdiction with a specialism in disability discrimination.'

'Paul Upson is now established as one of the leading employment and discrimination lawyers in the jurisdiction. His grasp of cases and complexities arising is second to none.'

Key Clients

Kelly Moore (BFAWU)

Darren McGavigan (Unison)

Work highlights

  • Thompsons NI settled an ill health unfair dismissal claim for Kelly Moore, a BFAWU trade union member who was dismissed from her role as a catering assistant with retail outlet Cameron’s in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.
  • The team successfully represented Darren McGavigan, a Unison trade union member in the healthcare sector, in an unauthorised deduction from wages/national minimum wage claim.

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Northern Ireland: Insurance

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant
Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Thompsons NI Solicitors

The 'efficient' and 'reliable' team at Thompsons NI Solicitors has particular strength in representing trade union clients. The firm covers a wide range of personal injury cases, with a particular focus on accidents at work and occupational disease claims, including noise-induced hearing loss and asbestos-related illnesses, as well as brain injuries. The team also has a growing clinical negligence workload. Oonagh McClure leads the practice.

Practice head(s):Oonagh McClure

Other key lawyers:Joanne Kerr


'The team is very professional and efficient and provides comprehensive updates on a regular basis.'

'The whole team has outstanding qualities. Advice and explanations in cases are delivered in easily understood language.'

'All the solicitors are ethical, professional, efficient and friendly.'

'The strength of the firm is the experience and knowledge of the solicitors in the proper investigation and preparation of personal injury claims. It is with a number of other firms on the "top rung" in this jurisdiction.'

'The solicitors and office staff are always efficient and well prepared, and seem to have a very good client rapport.'

Work highlights

  • Settled a personal injury claim for a staff nurse injured by an aggressive patient brought onto the ward from A&E.
  • Acting for a painter and decorator who was injured while at work on premises in Newry, County Down.
  • Representing a firefighter who was injured in an accident at work.
  • Representing a podiatrist who was injured in an accident at work.
  • Acting for a support worker at a centre for adults with severe intellectual disabilities who was injured by one of the service users.
Leading individuals

Oonagh McClure - Thompsons NI Solicitors

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