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Legal Services

UNISON provides its members with a range of legal services and has entered into arrangements with Thompsons Solicitors to give branches access through the UNISONScotland office to local high quality employment advice. UNISON's Legal department, with an officer in Scotland, concentrates on issues which affect large numbers of members.

For employment matters you MUST contact the branch directly on 0131 558 7488. For all other matters, click here.

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Who qualifies?

To qualify for legal help, members will have to show that they were a member at least 13 weeks before they knew they needed legal help and their subscriptions are up to date (they must continue to pay subscriptions while the case is going ahead). Special rules apply to industrial diseases

Acting on solicitor's advice

The National Executive Council may withdraw legal help if members do not follow the advice of our solicitors or if they fail to reply to letters or phone calls from them.

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How to apply

All services except Employment Law: Click here

Employment Law: Members who want legal help should contact their branch, who can refer the matter to the regional officer or legal department. Members should not instruct solicitors, as UNISON will not be liable for any costs you have to pay. Contact the branch or see the UK legal site for full details and advice on which forms to use.

In difficult cases the legal department has made special arrangements for black members. They plan similar consideration for lesbian and gay members.

0800 0 857 857

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See also...

Legal Services Directory

Who qualifies?

How to apply

Legal Services Directory website

0800 0 857 857