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This will be the place to find all breaking news and updates from Thompsons and personal injury litigation in general.

On Wednesday morning, we awoke to the devastating news that London has been hit with another tragedy with the horrific fire which engulfed a tower block in East Kensington.  The Grenfell Tower contained 120 households and was home to approximately 500 people when it went up in flames.

'Gig' economy sounds like finding cheap tickets to see your favourite band. In fact the 'Gig' economy is a 'labour market characterised by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work, as opposed to permanent jobs’. Depending on your point of view it is either a working environment that offers flexibility with regard to employment hours (usually an employer's point of view), or it is a form of exploitation with very little workplace protection (the exploited worker's point of view). The latter is the view of the GMB Union based on research into 'precarious employment' unveiled at its 100th annual congress in Plymouth last week.

Away from the blood and thunder courtroom law, a lot of the work undertaken by a lawyer is negotiation. Negotiation is something I do on an almost daily basis in my professional life and over the course of my career I have negotiated perhaps several hundred settlements. This variety of experience has taught me a lot about what approaches do and (just as crucially) do not work.

As part of pre-General Election coverage last week, senior Conservative and former justice minister Dominic Raab said that people who use food banks do not because they are “languished  in poverty” but because they have “cashflow problems”.

This week saw the BBC carried a story regarding the experiences of job interviewees.  It was reported that comments were made to a woman applicant, who was 37 years old, regarding her age and whether or not she was “too old” for the role.

I should begin this blog with a confession.  On Sunday I had a certain song playing on loop on Spotify for about five hours.  It did eventually drive my wife and children to the point of despair but I like to think that I did my own little bit in getting that song up the charts.

Full fry up with all the trimmings, or quick cereal bar on the way out the door? Relaxing read at the newspaper whilst sipping a freshly brewed latte or a quick slurp of tea while kids ready for school? We all have different morning routines. One thing most of us have in common is at some point we have to make our way into work.

Data released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has this week revealed that the top killer of adolescents around the world is road traffic accidents, which were responsible for 1 in 10 deaths in that age group in 2015. Perhaps unsurprisingly, most of the fatalities were males between the ages of 10-19.

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