Employment Law - Unions

Legal advice for trade unions and their members

Simpson Millar LLP has a long history of acting for trade unions and similar membership organisations. We recognise the strength and value of the collective in achieving improvements in working terms and conditions. If you are a trade union - no matter how big or small - looking for legal services provider for you and your members Simpson Millar LLP can help you.

Our specialist Employment Law Team has extensive experience of advising and acting for trade unions. We are recommended in both the Legal 500 and in Chambers & Partners’ “Best of the UK”.

Our expertise in employment covers all areas of employment litigation including:

Our services

We are regularly instructed in cases that set precedent in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the Court of Appeal and House of Lords.

Away from the Courts and Tribunals, our services include advising on:

  • settlements agreements and negotiated severances
  • contracts of employment, policies and staff handbooks
  • grievances and disciplinary and dismissal procedures
  • all aspects of trade union law
  • TUPE
  • redundancies
  • pensions
  • maternity and other family friendly rights

Our aim

Our aim is always to understand and respond to our clients’ needs and objectives and to give swift, practical and relevant advice. We work hard to avoid litigation for our clients wherever possible, and where it cannot be avoided to achieve the best results at the minimum cost.

We work hard with our Trade Union clients to help them develop services that will enhance the value of union membership generally with a view to improving Union recruitment and retention.


We offer:

  • highly competitive charge-out rates, without any compromise in the quality of our work, and
  • a range of funding arrangements including conditional or contingency fee agreements in suitable cases
The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

The Legal 500 2016

"Led by Linda Stewart, the practice at Simpson Millar LLP has notable experience representing trade unions, particularly in the aviation sector, with clients including the British Airline Pilots’ Association, the Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association and the Aircrew Officers Association Europe. The firm also has expertise in equal opportunities and discrimination mandates, and leads in holiday pay claims. Key names include Joy Drummond and Aneil Balgobin; Balgobin joined the firm in 2016 from Rollingsons."

Chambers and Partners 2017 - Top Ranked Law Firm Simpson Millar LLP

Chambers and Partners 2017

"Nationwide firm with a well-regarded London team representing trade unions and employees. Areas of specialism include severance negotiations, wrongful dismissal and equal pay disputes."

"Described by sources as 'polite, friendly, and an excellent lawyer,' Joy Drummond specialises in equal opportunities employment law, including indirect discrimination and equal pay. A client reports: 'She kept me in the loop and was fighting my corner. She gave me fantastic support and confidence that I was getting the best outcome.'"

Contact us now to discuss how we can help you by completing our, no obligation, online enquiry form and we will call you back or you can call us directly on freephone: 0808 129 3320.

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