Employment Solicitors for Trade Unions

For free legal advice call our Trade Union Solicitors and we will help you.

Call us on 0808 258 3531

Simpson Millar recognises the strength and value of Trade Unions giving people the means to come together to achieve improvements in working terms and conditions. We have a long history of acting for Trade Unions and their members.

If you are an officer or a Trade Union and you need legal services for the union and your members, Simpson Millar can provide all necessary employment law and associated advice and assistance, as set out below.

Our specialist Employment Law team has extensive experience of advising and acting for Trade Unions. We are consistently recommended as among the top employee and trade union firms in both the Legal 500 and in Chambers & Partners' ‘Best of the UK’. We are regularly instructed in multiple and ground-breaking cases.

Call us on 0808 258 3531 or request a callback

*BALPA members should contact BALPA directly on 0208 476 4000.

** ISU members should contact our helpline directly on 0808 129 3316.

*** CWU and GMB members should call Unionline on 0300 333 0303.

Our Employment Law Services include:

  • Collective bargaining legal support
  • Terms and conditions
  • Collective agreements
  • Unfair and wrongful dismissal
  • Discrimination (race, sex, disability, age, pregnancy and maternity, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage and Civil Partnership, religion or belief)
  • Equal pay
  • Collective and trade union rights
  • Harassment, victimisation and bullying
  • Whistleblowing
  • Settlement agreements and negotiated severances
  • Contracts of employment, policies and staff handbooks
  • Grievances and disciplinary and dismissal procedures
  • Trade union constitutional issues
  • TUPE
  • Redundancies
  • Collective consultation
  • Maternity and other family rights
  • Industrial action

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

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

More Information

Our Solicitors have years of specialist experience in all areas of employment, industrial and trade union-related law, and deliver effective legal services tailored to the particular needs of our union clients.

We apply high standards rigorously and consistently, with our clients’ best interests always at the heart of what we do, and we consistently earn high rates of satisfaction for our services.

Whether you need professional employment advice or legal support, we will:

  • Fight for the best outcome for you and your members
  • Be transparent over costs with you from the outset, avoiding any nasty surprises
  • Offer a prompt, friendly and efficient service
  • Explain legal concepts in plain terms
  • Give you bespoke and structured legal guidance
  • Expertly negotiate on your behalf, without having to go through the courts where possible

Funding the work

We offer:

  • highly competitive rates for our services, without any compromise in the quality of our work, and
  • a range of funding arrangements

Testimonials/Case studies

Joy was available at every turn, from the ACAS early conciliation process, helping draft the group employment tribunal claim, providing case law when we hit sticking points in negotiations with the Government Legal Department, and ensuring any issued guidance was legally correct – as well as being an invaluable sounding board. 
Jawad Raza, National Officer, FDA


Our Solicitors have been highly ranked in the Employee & Trade Union category in both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners every year since 2004.

We’re nationally recognised for our expertise, ability to tailor our services to our clients' needs, determination to achieve results and prompt response.

A selection of the editorial and client comments over recent years:


Legal 500 - Simpson Millar LLP's 'excellent' department stands out for its trade union client base.

Chambers and Partners say that a client notes: “Approachability is a really strong point of theirs," and "We can pick up the phone any time with no issues. They're also good at using layman's terms and holding our hand when necessary."

And about Joy Drummond, one client notes: "She's very responsive and almost forensic in how she's prepared to look at different angles and really dig."


Chambers and Partners give the following quotes from clients:

"They are very professional and provide an excellent level of customer service"

"The team is extremely responsive."

About Joy Drummond: "She has a fantastic ability of getting to the core of the issue and offers invaluable and pragmatic advice, support, guidance and representation."

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.'"

Investors In People – Bronze

Simpson Millar LLP has held the Investors in People (IIP) accreditation since 2000. The standard provides straightforward, proven frameworks for delivering business improvement through people.

Lexcel Quality Mark

Like Investors in People, Lexcel is also a business improvement accreditation by the Law Society, showing that we have good policies and procedures in place.


Call us on 08002605010 or request a callback

*BALPA members should contact BALPA directly on 0208 476 4000.

** ISU members should contact our helpline directly on 0808 129 3316.

*** CWU and GMB members should call Unionline on 0300 333 0303.

Simpson Millar Solicitors are a national law firm with over 500 staff and offices in Billingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Catterick, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester.