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 affected you or someone you know please call us in confidence now on 0800 0891331.

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Victim of ex-Celtic Boys Club coach Frank Cairney speaks out – 8 February 2019

As the former football coach is jailed for sex offences committed between 1965 and 1986, one survivor speaks out.
Patrick MCGuire, partner at Thompsons Solicitors and legal representative of a number of claimants against Celtic Football Club and Celtic Boys Club, says, “Celtic think they can hide from their moral and legal responsibilities by claiming they were a separate organisation.
"This is a shabby, immoral and insulting position for an organisation like Celtic Football Club to take.”

Listen to Patrick McGuire on BBC Radio Scotland below.

As Frank Cairney, former football coach at Celtic Boys Club, is jailed for sex offences committed between 1965 and 1986, Patrick McGuire speaks to BBC Radio Scotland about the survivors’ fight for justice.


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'Rape victim' mum to fight Catholic Church in court over disgraced priest Father Gerry Nugent - 16th December 2018

Survivor who received counselling paid by the Church and received an apology from Archbishop Philip Tartaglia told to prove she was abused in Court.

Alan Rodgers, Partner at Thompsons Solicitors Scotland says “This deeply cynical stance by the Church flies in the face of their public statements about their belief in, & support of, survivors.


Celtic Boys Club beast Jim Torbett 'convinced Celtic to sign victim so abuse could continue' - 10th December 2018

Former youth player and Thompsons' client speaks of abuser's "huge influence" at Celtic Park.  Laura Connor partner, says: “The idea that Celtic Boys Club and Celtic FC were not connected is clearly nonsense.


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Celtic Boys' Club sex abuse victim says torment carried on when he signed for Parkhead club - 7th December 2018

Thompsons' client, Kenny Campbell talks to the Daily Record on abuse suffered as a youth player at Celtic Football Club. Laura Connor, partner says Celtic Football Club must face up to its responsibilities for those abused under their care. 


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Mark Daly speaks to Patrick McGuire, partner at Thompsons as he investigates allegations of sexual and physical abuse across four decades at a Christian children's home in Argyll. Mark hears the untold stories of former residents who say they were systematically raped and abused throughout their childhoods by adults who were meant to care for them. Daly challenges the Sailors' Society charity that ran the home on whether it has done enough for those who continue to suffer through the legacy of abuse.  BBC One Disclosure - Suffer the Children

Watch Patrick McGuire, partner and Janine Rennie, chief executive of Wellbeing Scotland speak to STV News on legal action against the Scottish Football Association over historic abuse claims.


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Victim claims abuse on Manchester United trip- 10th November 2017

BBC Scotland's Reevel Alderson talked to James, a 61-year-old man from Glasgow who wishes to remain anonymous.  Jame told the BBC he was sexually abused on a football trip to Manchester United in the late 1960s.


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Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is 'barely scratching the surface - 7th November 2017

Janie Rennie, chief executive of Falkirk-based counselling charity Wellbeing Scotland (formerly Open Secret) advises they are trying to get as many people as possible to come forward, but survivors lack trust in the Scottish Government.


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Child sex abuse survivors hold Glasgow rally to highlight atrocities they endured - 7th November 2017

Thompsons attended this event showing support and offering legal advice to survivors about how to get justice through compensation.  Lindsay Bruce solicitor in our Historic Abuse Team says “It is important for survivors to get acknowledgement. You tend to find that people are looking for an apology and acceptance for what had happened.” 

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Legal time bar lifted for childhood abuse survivors - 4th October 2017

Janie Rennie, chief executive of Wellbeing Scotland comments on time bar that stopped survivours of historic childhood abuse in Scotland being able to pursue civil damages after three years being abolished. 


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'I was raped, beaten and hung by the neck' Christian Brothers abuse survivor wins five-figure payout after 40-year fight for justice - 24th August 2017

Dave Sharp, wins a 40 year fight to secure compensation for historic abuse from the notorious Christian Brothers monks.  Dave is the first person in Scotland to win a payout from the Catholic order, who ran residential schools for children across the world.  Patrick McGuire, partner welcomes the decision to move the time bar to allow survivor’s access to justice.


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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.


Glasgow Evening Times Child Abuse

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.


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Child abuse 'cover-up' claims after Barnardo's admits systematically destroying files - 4th June 2017

Dave Sharp survivor of child abuse speaks to The Herald on Children's charity Barnardo's destroying records at its residential care homes where child sex abuse occurred over three decades.


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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.


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Just 100 in 15,000 sex abuse tip offs lead to conviction in Scotland - 16th April 2017

Chief executive of Wellbeing Scotland, Janine Rennie speaks to the Daily Record on lack of police action over child abuse claims.  Janine advises that information and names were passed to police, there were several witnesses but no convictions.


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Charity sets up helpline for child abuse survivors - 12th April 2017

Wellbeing Scotland sets up helpline to give survivors a chance to confidentially name the person or people who abused them.  The helpline is for anyone who has suffered historic abuse.

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Details of three child sex abuse rings handed to police in wake of football scandal - 11th December 2016

Scottish child abuse charity met with police and told officers about three paedophile rings operating in central Scotland in the 1970s.  The charity uncovered some 367 people who suffered multiple abuse mainly in the Falkirk area.


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Police to investigate claims of Scottish paedophile ring - 4th December 2016

Janine Rennie from Open Secret speaks to The Times with regards to evidence on a paedophile ring in central Scotland during the 1970s.  350 men and women in Falkirk have reported that they had been sexually abused by different people when they were children.


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Survivors ‘lose faith’ in sex abuse inquiry - 1st December 2016

Charities that support survivors of historic abuse say "you have to think about the human impact on everybody who's involved in abuse"


Radio Interviews

Tommy Harley from Voice Within speaks to BBC Radio on historic abuse at football clubs

Tommy Harley from Voice Within tells his story to senior Journalist Laura Maciver on the BBC radio lunchtime programme.

Tommy responded to a report about historic abuse at football clubs where a Thompsons client was also involved.


Patrick McGuire speaks to BBC Radio Scotland on time bar lifted for abuse survivors in Scotland

On Wednesday 4th October 2017 the time bar preventing survivors of historic abuse taking civil legal action was finally lifted. Patrick McGuire speaks to BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland programme to discuss the implications for survivors.


Patrick McGuire, Partner interview on historical abuse

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.



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