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About Deirdre

Deirdre provides legal representation to trade union members in the Employment Tribunal and at Regulatory Hearings. She was the first person in Scotland to train under the Legal Education Foundation's Justice First Fellowship.

Whilst training as a solicitor at Govan Law Centre, Deidre helped set up and run the Public Interest Litigation Unit and the Glasgow Asylum Seekers Project. Deirdre has published in the International Journal of Human Rights and in the Scottish Human Rights Journal on human rights and equality in Scotland and she was formerly the outreach coordinator at the Scottish Human Rights Commission.

Deidre has worked in social justice campaigning and human rights law in Ireland, Nepal and Mexico. She is thrilled to be working in the trade union employment team  at Thomspsons and takes on a wide variety of cases to support workers’ rights and contribute meaningfully to a rights-based social justice movement. 


Deirdre acts for trade union clients who have been discriminated against, not paid properly or who have been unfairly dismissed. She also represents professional regulatory clients who are facing Fitness to Practice hearings.

With a particular expertise in the promotion and protection of economic and social rights, Deidre has a keen interest in the potential incorporation of these rights, as contained in the UN Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, into Scots Law.  

What Clients Say About Deirdre

"I am very grateful, whichever way you successfully managed to get her to ensure she helps me with reference, you have done very well. I will never forget all the time you spent in listening to me and acting for me.”

“I have been asked by our member to convey her gratitude for how helpful Deirdre Flanigan (and Alice Bowman) were yesterday when representing her at her SSSC referral.”


LLM(Hons.) in International Human Rights Law – Irish Human Rights Centre, National University of Ireland

Diploma in Legal Practice – University of Edinburgh

LLB(Hons.) in Law – University of Edinburgh

Professional Memberships

Law Society of Scotland

Contact Details

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Telephone number: 0141 221 8840


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