Thompsons Solicitors are Scotland’s leading law firm helping survivors of historic sexual and physical abuse. The law was recently changed in Scotland to allow survivors of abuse to pursue compensation from those responsible for that abuse . Thompsons work with the county’s leading survivors charities to provide the most comprehensive support possible. Our lawyers are highly trained and provide a completely confidential service through our dedicated historic abuse helpline.
We currently represent many survivors who suffered abuse in a variety of circumstances from in-care institutions, religious organisations and sports clubs. If this is an issue that has affect you or someone you know please call us in confidence now.
Thompsons in the News
Campaigners welcome new child abuse bill which will allow more survivors to seek justice - Evening Times 23rd June 2017
In this article Lindsay Bruce, who is a senior lawyer in Thompsons Historic Abuse Unit speaks with the evening times as she campaigns in central Glasgow to encourage more survivors of abuse to come forward. Many survivors feel very strongly that the Scottish Government and police have greatly underestimated how many victims of historic abuse have still to come forward. One of the key campaigns that Thompsons is involved with is encouraging more survivors to come forward by offering advice and contacts with other survivors and support charities.
MSPs approve scrapping of time bar on child abuse legal action - Evening Times 22nd June 2017
Lindsay Bruce a senior lawyer in Thompsons Historic Abuse Unit. Lindsay is dedicated to helping survivors with all aspects of their legal claims and regularly attends events and conferences to speak with survivors and their families. In this interview Lindsay speaks with the Evening Times as the Scottish Parliament changes the law to allow survivors to pursue civil compensation claims against their abusers. Lindsay makes clear what a landmark change this is and how long and hard people have fought for it.
Scottish child abuse inquiry hears apologises over 'deplorable' attacks - BBC News 31st May 2017
Patrick McGuire, pictured on the left, is the partner in charge of Thompsons Historic Abuse Unit. He joined survivors outside the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry in Edinburgh as they held a vigil for all survivors. Patrick had long worked with survivors to press for this inquiry and also for the change in the law to allow compensation claims to be pursued. As a firm Thompsons are committed not just to helping victims with legal claims but also with campaigning work to raise with the authorities issues that survivors face.
Thompsons on the Radio
The Partner in charge of the Thompsons Historic Sex Abuse Unit, Patrick McGuire, speaks with BBC Scotland’s John Beattie about compensation claims for survivors. Patrick is one of Scotland’s most accomplished and best known solicitors. He has an unsurpassed track record in representing victims who have been ignored by the authorities and other law firms. Patrick works with the country’s leading abuse charities and not only represents hundreds of survivors but helps campaign for greater recognition and help for victims. This interview was record shortly before the law in Scotland was changed to allow survivors to pursue compensation from those responsible for the abuse.