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Legal Information

With effect from 1 July 2012, Thompsons Solicitors became incorporated pursuant to the Solicitors’ (Incorporated Practice) Regulations 2007 (‘the Regulations’) of the Law Society of Northern Ireland.

As a result the previous partnership of Thompsons Solicitors transferred to Thompsons (Northern Ireland) Limited (“the Company”).  The Company is registered in Northern Ireland (company number NI 612574) and continues to use the name ‘Thompsons Solicitors’ as the trading name of the business.   The Company is regulated by the Law Society of Northern Ireland who approved the change in status by issuing a Certificate of Recognition pursuant to the Regulations.

By accessing and continuing to use this website you agree and acknowledge that you do so upon these terms. In these terms, references to “Thompsons”, “the firm”, “we”, “us”, “our” and “ours” means Thompsons (Northern Ireland) Limited trading as Thompsons Solicitors (hereafter “Thompsons Solicitors”).


The legal commentary and information contained on this website are for illustrative purposes. Their provision does not create a business or professional services relationship. They are not exhaustive and do not attempt to address every issue relevant to any particular situation and therefore specific advice should be obtained from us before acting upon them. For further information please see our Disclaimer page.

Furthermore, laws and regulations vary with jurisdiction and time. Compliance will always depend upon particular circumstances. Published material is correct as at the date of first publication but may not be updated. This material should not be taken as providing legal advice and should not be acted on or relied upon as doing so. Any reliance on the information is therefore solely at the user’s own risk.


This website contains links to servers maintained by other organisations. Thompsons Solicitors excludes all liability for the content of any third party website which links to its website.

Intellectual property

All trade marks referred to on this website are the properties of their respective owners.

Unless otherwise stated, all rights in any content which appears on this website (including, without limitation, the publications displayed on the website, the screen displays, the text, graphics, and look and feel of the website) belong to Thompsons Solicitors or our licensors.

Unless specifically prohibited by a notice published on any page, you may download, temporarily store and/or print a copy of one or more pages of the website for the purposes of viewing them, provided that any copy is unamended and complete and has attached to it the relevant proprietary notices and terms and conditions and it is for use only within your organisation. You may also re-copy downloaded extracts to others on an occasional basis provided that you do not do so for profit.

Any other storage, copying or use of any of the contents of this website is prohibited without Thompsons Solicitors’ consent.

Professional indemnity insurance

We maintain compulsory professional indemnity insurance through the Master Policy maintained by the Law Society of Northern Ireland and/or their Brokers.

Anti money laundering/anti financial crime

The Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds Regulations (Information on the Payer) 2017 require independent legal professionals to verify the identity of all their clients and, where the client is an entity, to identify, and in some cases to verify, the natural person/s who is/are its ultimate beneficial owner/s. This means we may ask a client (or persons or organisations who instruct us on a client’s behalf) for passport and other identification documents and about our client’s wealth and source of funds.

We may also obtain relevant information from external organisations, including credit reference agencies, who may keep a record of the search. Where our client is an entity (or where a person or organisation instructs us on behalf of an entity which is our client) we may ask for a structure chart and for confirmation of who the natural person/s is/are who ultimately beneficially own more than 25 per cent of our client. We will seek this information at the outset of our business relationships, although we may need to update it during the course of our ongoing business relationships.

We may either decline or not be permitted to proceed to act or to handle funds until our client due diligence checks are complete. Where we instruct other professionals, such as counsel or overseas law firms, on a client’s behalf, we may provide the other professional with copies of our client due diligence, unless specifically instructed not to do so.


Thompsons Solicitors respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal data. This privacy notice will inform you how we look after your personal data when you visit our website and tell you about your privacy rights and how the law protects you.