Thompsons Solicitors - Our Accident Lawyers

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Thompsons Solicitors and Solicitor Advocates is an award-winning firm of solicitors and accident lawyers with a passion for justice. 

We are best known for our expertise in personal injury claims and are one of the leading firms of accident injury lawyers in the country. 

Our teams of accident lawyers cover the full range of compensation claims, large or small, straightforward or of the utmost complexity. We win more than 90% of our court cases and obtain over £1 million compensation weekly for our clients.  

We have offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Peebles, Galashiels and Dumfries and, through our sister company, branches throughout England and Wales. 

Broad expertise

But our expertise extends beyond accident claims. We also specialise in employment law, and our solicitors and solicitor advocates have extensive experience in resolving employment disputes of all types. 

We never represent insurers or big business: we always act for the underdog – the accident victim or worker. Nor do we limit ourselves to dealing with the law as it is - we actively campaign to make the law better, seeking reforms that will help workers, accident victims and their families.  


We bring a client-focused approach to our legal work. This means that we take the time to listen in order to get to know you, the circumstances of your accident, and your most pressing needs.

When necessary, we will make home visits for your convenience and when appropriate will seek to obtain interim compensation payments to meet your most pressing rehabilitation, treatment, equipment and financial needs.    

Find out more

You can find out more about Thompsons’ accident lawyers as well as our other services by clicking on the links below:

Laura Blane - Lung Disease Team

Laura BlaneAsbestos-related Disease

Laura is a solicitor and Partner with Thompsons Scotland and is one of Scotland’s leading specialists in complex claims for asbestos-related lung disease. Laura played a key role in changing Scottish law so that mesothelioma victims could reach a compensation settlement in life while also preserving the right of family to claim further damages after their death.

Laura was one of the key advisers to Bill Butler MSP in the progression of his members’ Bill on damages through the Scottish Parliament. Her efforts were publicly recognised at stage three of the Bill which went on to become the Damages (Scotland) Act 2011.

The Act will greatly improve the levels of compensation available to victims in fatal cases as well as clarifying the legal process.

Bruce Shields - Industrial Disease

Bruce ShieldsIndustrial Injury and Diseases

Bruce has been with Thompsons since 1996 and works exclusively in the field of personal injury and health and safety and is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland.

Bruce specialises in claims for industrial accidents and disease and has represented miners, and the families of deceased miners, suffering from occupational respiratory disease and vibration white finger.

He acts for clients claiming for hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), vibration white finger (VWF), carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), industrial deafness and miner’s knee. He also works in the firm's Lung Disease Department where he represents, as Solicitor Advocate, workers and their families who suffer as a consequence of their exposure to asbestos.

Wendy Durie - Accident Team

Wendy DurieWorkplace Accidents

Wendy joined Thompsons in 1993 shortly after qualifying as a solicitor and has been a Partner with the firm since 1998. Her main expertise is in reparation claims for parties injured in work accidents.

She is a longstanding member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and has been accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in personal injury law for the last 10 years.

Wendy works on claims for workplace accidents as well as claims for industrial diseases and has wide ranging experience in representing worker claims for slips, trips, and falls through to complex fatal accident claims Wendy regularly makes applications to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

Patrick McGuire

Patrick McGuireHistoric Child Abuse

Patrick is a Partner at Thompsons Solicitors. He has worked for many years representing claims for personal injury and campaigning in respect of health and safety law advances.

Patrick has recently been well-publicised for his work, alongside an experienced and dedicated Survivor Team, in representing survivors of historic child abuse.

Patrick is a leading expert in the field of Public Inquiries and he has served as the Recognised Legal Representative in three Public Inquiries in Scotland: the ICL/Stockline Public Inquiry; the Vale of Leven Hospital Public Inquiry (C-difficile); and the Penrose Inquiry (infected blood products causing Hepatitis C and HIV).

Patrick also serves on the Law Society of Scotland’s Access to Justice Committee.

Derek McLean - Road Traffic Accident Team

Derek McLeanRoad Traffic Accidents

Derek is based in Thompsons' Edinburgh Office and specialises in road traffic accident claims. He has worked in personal injury litigation since joining Thompsons as a trainee in 2003, and has a wealth of experience representing clients at the Court of Session and Sheriff Court.

He frequently handles higher-value, complex cases and also provides guidance and support to the solicitors and legal executives within the team.

Derek is Thompsons' representative for the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL), a not-for-profit network of European lawyers dedicated to improving and promoting judicial co-operation and mutual knowledge of legal and judicial systems throughout Europe in the field of personal injury law, and has particular expertise in relation to RTA work involving foreign and travel claims.

David Martyn - Employment Law

David MartynEmployment Law

David has been a specialist Employment Lawyer since 2009. He decided to pursue a career in employment law after having worked in Human Resources during which time he realised “Human Resources departments usually don’t understand the legal protections in place for their employees; and secondly, that they rarely have the employee’s interests at heart".

David represents trade unions and their members in many areas, including disputed TUPE transfers, Working Time Regulations cases, and cases of unfair dismissal.

David comments, "To effectively fight for people’s rights in these areas, our clients need expert advice from dedicated professionals with a detailed understanding of fast-moving case law. That is what they get with Thompsons."

Get in touch today

Thompsons Solicitors is one of the leading firms in Scotland. Our dedicated professionals work in their respective area of specialism to ensure that clients benefit from experience, expertise, first-class communication and a detailed understanding of fast-moving case law.

If you have any questions about making a claim and what it might mean for you, give our team a call today on 0800 0891 331 and talk it through.

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