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Christmas opening hours 2020

23 December 2020

The NUJ offices – all currently operating remotely – will close 17:00 on Wednesday 23 December.

Offices in London, Dublin and Manchester reopen on Monday 4 January.
Owing to the public holiday in Scotland, the Glasgow office opens on Tuesday 5 January.

 In the event of an emergency requiring legal advice, please telephone the relevant number below. These numbers are for legal emergencies only. 
In the event of an emergency involving the police or criminal law, please telephone 0800 587 5730.  This number is for police/criminal emergencies only.  If you use either of these numbers please also email so this can be followed up in the New Year.

Thompsons Emergency Numbers


Closed from 5pm Wednesday 23 December 2020

Open at 9am on Monday 4 January 2021

Criminal and professional misconduct work:  emergency helpline staffed by a rota of Thompsons criminal lawyers

0800 587 7530


Call centre including new PI cases and Free Legal Advice queries


Will be open December: 24, 29, 30, 31


Emergency contact out of hours:

Basil Keelan 07791 021642


Rakesh Patel - 07980 644 324


Personal Injury 

24-27 Dec: Gerard Stilliard 07876 136 288

28-31 Dec: Henrietta Phillips 07815 846 193

1-3 Jan:  Janet Finney 07540 556 287

Serious Injuries

Samantha Hemsley 07791 637 766


Clinical Negligence


Linda Millband 07808 929 856

Conveyancing, wills, probate

(BBH Legal Services Ltd)

Simon Wilson 07583 911 742

In case of any other emergency contact Michelle Stanistreet, general secretary, and Seamus Dooley, assistant general secretary, by email at: