Media Release: Thompsons Solicitors win Law Firm of the Year title

THOMPSONS Solicitors won recognition as Scotland’s top legal firm in the prestigious Law Awards of Scotland 2009, organised by The Firm legal magazine.

Thompsons won the Law Firm of the Year title, in the face of intense competition from other practices across Scotland.

Senior partner, Frank Maguire, accepted the award at a glittering ceremony attended by the cream of the legal profession at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow.

The Law Firm of the Year award recognise the wide scope and range of Thompsons’ services including representing the victims of car crashes, industrial and personal accidents.

Thompsons wins more than nine out of ten personal injury court cases, obtaining the maximum compensation in the shortest possible time.

Last year, Thompsons recovered over £1m a week in compensation for its clients.

Thompsons also:

* Set up a business initiation group within the company

* Launched an internet brand ‘Redress’ for clients who prefer to deal online

* Launched a highly-successful TV advertising campaign featuring Thom, an animated plasticine figure

* Secured contracts with two major car insurance companies

* Demonstrated commitment to staff development

* Opened an office in Aberdeen and expanded its premises in Glasgow and Edinburgh

* Continued to recruit additional staff.

Mr Maguire said: “I am delighted to accept this award which recognises the expertise, dedication and sheer hard work of our team of 60 solicitor advocates and lawyers, and their skill in achieving the best possible result for our clients.

“Our clients are at the heart of everything we do, and I thank them for putting their faith in Thompsons.

“These are challenging times for the legal profession generally and for legal practices which specialise in personal injury cases in particular.

“There are various reviews of the Scottish legal system underway, some of which we believe threaten to undermine the principle that access to the law and the courts is a basic human right, and should not be dependent on the ability to pay.

“The threats include proposals to turn the Scottish Court of Session into an international centre for commercial dispute resolution, and/or allocating resources to a case in accordance with its value, importance and complexity as against cost.

“At the moment, ordinary people who suffer injustice can reasonably expect to have their case heard in the Court of Session regardless of any consideration of the monetary value involved.

“But some of these moves would effectively deny ordinary people and trade union members the access to justice which is their right.”

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