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A cradle to grave service for Equity members and their families

We are proud to launch a renewed and expanded set of legal services with P&B.

One of Equity's longest standing professional relationships has been with law firm Pattinson & Brewer (often referred to as 'P&B'). P&B have worked to protect Equity members since our founding in 1930, and we are proud to launch a renewed and expanded set of legal services with P&B, which for the first time means Equity will provide a fully 'cradle to grave' set of legal services and benefits for members and their families.

Matters relating to employment, contracts, agents, or other work related issues should be referred to Equity directly through the relevant department or national/regional office, with P&B continuing to be an integral part of providing us with legal support where necessary.

In addition, from 1st January 2023, as well as the support they have always provided, P&B have significantly expanded their services for Equity members.

The following legal services and benefits are now available to all Equity members, and can be accessed by calling our new 24/7 legal line on 0800 808 5510 or by emailing

  • Personal Injury claims at no cost to you, whether you win or lose (whether they happen at work or elsewhere – and this service also covers your close family members).
  • Road Traffic Accident claims (whether you are a driver, passenger or pedestrian — and this service also covers your close family members).
  • Medical Negligence claims at no cost to you in most cases (and this service also covers your close family members).
  • A free of charge 'simple will', as well as advice and significantly reduced costs for more complex arrangements.
  • Substantially discounted rates for property related matters, including conveyancing.
  • Substantially discounted rates for probate services.
  • Substantially discounted rates for family related matters including divorce and child care issues.
  • Substantial reductions on other services, including defamation, and criminal matters.
  • Initial free legal advice about any other matter; all members can speak to one of P&B's lawyers for free (limited to a 30 minute call), and P&B will do all they can to offer a discounted service with any support they offer.

Commenting on the launch of this new service General Secretary, Paul Fleming, said:

Trade union law firms like Pattinson & Brewer are cornerstones of our movement, and having been our solicitors almost continuously since 1930, it’s long overdue that Equity members are able to benefit from a comprehensive package for themselves and their families to navigate not just our industries but a wider world often stacked against working people.

At the start of another challenging year for Equity members, our renewed partnership with P&B is keystone of our mission to build a movement not of mere resilience but resistance to injustice.

Jamie Hanley, partner at P&B said:

Equity holds a very special place in the heart of P&B. We are thrilled to be extending the range of services offered to members and their families. We look forward to helping Paul, his senior team, and all Equity officers and staff ensure that members receive the very best legal advice and representation.

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