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Legal & Medical Services


As soon as you join the Communication Workers Union you become part of one of the best legal benefit schemes in the country. Legal Services provided by Simpson Millar.

Your worries are removed when you use the free, high quality, legal advice and assistance offered by the CWU.

  • Damages / Personal Injury - If you or your dependants are injured in an accident, in or out of work, we can take up the case if there is a claim against a third party. Either contact the Branch office 0113 2341312 or ring the Simpson Millar helpline on 0800 8046674.

  • Criminal Injury - If you are the victim of an unprovoked assault then the union can assist with a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

  • Employment Tribunals - It is your responsibility to obtain and submit an application to the office of Employment Tribunals. This is called an ET1 form. (obtainable from Job Centers) it comes complete with a booklet explaining the process. There is a strict time limit governing the submission of applications (usually 3 months)

    Should you require union assistance with your claim (strongly advised) then you need to contact your Branch Secretary:



C.W.U Leeds No.1 Amalgamated Branch,

Suite 6E

Josephs Well,

Hanover Walk,



0113 2341312

A copy of your ET1 form should be provided to the Branch.

Under no circumstances should members delay the submission of their application to the Employment Tribunal Office.


Legal Help Hotline - You are entitled to free advice using our Legal Help Hotline - 0800 8046674

  • Drivers Protection Scheme - If you are charged with a road traffic offence whilst driving an official vehicle the Union will consider legal assistance where there is a clear defence to the charges.

  • CWU Road Assist - The Road Assist Scheme provides free legal cover for members and their immediate family who are involved in road traffic accidents whilst off duty. Any members wishing to use this service can call the Freephone number: 0800 542 9927 quoting "CWU Road Assist".

  • Criminal Defence on Duty - If you are charged with a criminal offence at work, and you can't get legal aid to cover all your costs, the Union may be able to help.

  • Bandit Attack - If you are robbed on duty carrying company cash, the Union's Bandit Attack Insurance Scheme pays out a weekly sum for up to a total of 104 weeks of sick leave and a capital sum in the event of death.

  • Will Making / Conveyancing Service - A free will service and discounted conveyancing are available through our Legal Services Department. Tel. 0208 971 7444.












Branch Office, Suite 6E

Josephs Well, Hanover Walk

Leeds, LS3 1AB

Tel: 0113 2341312.