Emergency numbers

NUJ MEMBERS needing emergency legal help - for example if you've been arrested or face an imminent police interview - should call 0800 587 7530.

This number will refer you to an appropriate solicitor in the relevant nation of the UK.

For less dramatic advice, NUJ members (only) should read read this advice before contacting the Freelance Office.

Thompsons Solicitors are operating a 24-hour emergency number for NUJ members who have work-related criminal law issues during the COP26 summit from 31 October to 12 November 2021. Members should call 07 718 416 08. Police Scotland also offer a number for journalists who have difficulties with police officers, such as being "kettled" along with protestors: 01786 896000 (also NewsDesk@scotland.pnn.police.uk).

  • 8 August 2021 The emergency number is now the general Thompsons number, with an out-of-hours service, and covers the whole of the UK.