UNISON provides a range of legal help to union members in the UK. We offer advice and assistance not just with work issues, but in some circumstances for you and your family outside the workplace too.
Employment problemsUNISON boasts the largest number of local union reps, branches and officers in the UK. They're your first port of call for advice and support with problems at work. Where necessary they can refer your case to the regional office or UNISON's specialist in-house lawyers and trade union solicitors.
Injury and accidents at workUNISON has won more than £350 million in personal injury compensation for members and their family members. For members involved in work-related personal injuries, this includes assaults, industrial diseases and accidents at work, on the way to or from work or on union business. Contact UNISONdirect on 0845 355 0845 for more details.
Accidents outside workUNISON's personal injury service covers any accident which happens to you and your family outside the workplace, including:
- Road traffic accidents
- Accidents in the street
- Accidents while on holiday
- Slipping and tripping accidents.
Online accident formIf you've had an accident on the job or outside work during the last three years you may be entitled to compensation. Your family may also qualify for injuries outside work. In case of accident or injury you can phone UNISONdirect on 0845 355 0845 or complete the online accident form.
Free initial legal adviceUNISON members can get free initial legal advice on any matter not related to work from UNISON's solicitors. This service entitles you to receive a 30-minute telephone interview. The service does not apply to advice on a legal action that you are already pursuing, and does not cover Inheritance Tax issues. Members are not entitled to return for advice on the same issue under this scheme. Phone UNISONdirect on 0845 355 0845 for more details.
Work tenancy problemsYou may be eligible for advice from UNISON's solicitors if you need to live in particular accommodation as part of your job or your employer has given you accommodation as part of the job.
Wills and conveyancingMembers can use our free wills service and are eligible for cut price conveyancing. Phone UNISONdirect on 0845 355 0845 for more details.
Criminal casesMembers get legal representation if they face criminal charges arising out of their work. This includes representation for members for road traffic offences only if the members job is at risk following a conviction and excludes drink driving offences.
To access this service you should complete a CR form with your branch or alternatively contact UNISONdirect on 0845 355 0845 yourself and thereafter complete the CR form with your branch to ensure assistance continues.
Additionally in an emergency outside UNISONdirect hours you can call the criminal helpline on 0800 587 7530.
ImmigrationUNISON can provide advice or represent members who experience immigration problems that threaten their employment.
Clinical negligenceUNISON offers a free initial screening service for members who have been affected by clinical negligence.
Legal information for UNISON reps
If you are a UNISON steward looking for legal briefings and other information for activists go to our Resources section.
Online solicitors' libraryThompsons solicitors' online library offers advice on all sorts of issues from problems with neighbours or goods to trade union rights, discrimination at work and clinical negligence: thompsons.law.co.uk
Legal services - a branch guide to what we offer
This branch guide outlines the legal services provided by UNISON. It is important that you are able to advise members about the extent of the legal services offered and this guide will help you do just that.download pdf