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

Longannet Power Station has been the source of much discussion and media coverage over recent weeks and months.

Opening in 1970, Longannet was the largest coal-fired power station in Europe. It’s generating capacity was the highest of all power stations in Scotland. Originally the station was operated by the South of Scotland Electricity Board until 1990 when it was handed to Scottish Power (a subsidiary of Iberdrola) post the Conservative Government’s privatisation of the electricity industry.

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We are saddened to hear of yet another employee killed as a result of a fall from height. Allied Vehicles Limited, a large vehicle manufacturer based in Glasgow were fined for failing to adequately protect the Health and Safety of their employee who fell whilst cleaning a roof.   The Sheriff found that the fall was caused by the failure to provide appropriate safety equipment.

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This week has seen continued strike action by members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (“PCS”) employed by the National Museums of Scotland.

The action is the latest escalation in a standoff dating back to 2011 between PCS and the Scottish government over a change to terms and conditions. The change does not affect staff employed before 2011, but will remove weekend allowances for staff who joined after this date.

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A week after Chelsea Manager, Jose Mourinho’s, public criticism of Team Doctor, Eva Cairnerio, the story very much rumbles on. And the longer it runs the more extreme, sexist and concerning it becomes.

So how did this all start?

During Chelsea’s match last Saturday against Swansea referee, Michael Oliver, signalled to Dr Carneiro to attend to midfielder, Eden Hazard, who was down on the pitch apparently injured.

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A silent crowd gazed upwards to the top of, what seemed like, a 30 foot pole leading all the way to the top of the tent. The pole was held in place by nothing but 3 small wires. It was thin, shaking and at the top was a very chilled out performer dangling horizontally with one arm. The audience gasped as he plummeted to the ground faster than a piano from a top floor flat. He stopped. Thankfully!  Just three inches from the ground. Three inches from certain death.

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Now that I am two months into my traineeship, and by way of introducing myself to Twitter and to blogging, I have decided to write my first blog on the experience of being a trainee in the Thompsons Road Traffic team.

It has certainly been a thrilling and busy introduction to life as a trainee solicitor. Over the course of the last two months, I have attended various meetings, including with police officers to take statements and with Advocates in Scotland’s supreme court, the Court of Session. I therefore feel like my experience is being attained at the epicentre of this country’s legal world and it’s only just begun!  In addition, I have had many other interesting tasks such as drafting papers, taking instructions from clients and taking a variety of statements, from witnesses about circumstances to those from family members who have provided care and assistance to our clients who have fallen victim to injury.

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Somewhat surprisingly, the glamorous worlds of espionage and employment law—despite having so much in common (the sharply dressed practitioners; the exotic locations; the weaknesses for strong cocktails and beautiful people)—rarely meet.
 
Upon reflection, the reason for this comes down to good common sense: by the nature of their role, spies tend to know an awful lot of bad things about their employers; they know where the bodies are buried, in a figurative and quite often literal sense. This provides the average spy with a degree of leverage most employees simply don’t have over their employers. The burnt-out or misbehaving spy isn’t the sort of individual an employer is in a hurry to get on the wrong side of.

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In a move described by the Living Wage Foundation as “historic”, Ikea have become the first national retailer to sign up to the scheme.

Foundation Director Rhys Moore said:

“We are delighted with the news that Ikea… has announced its intention to accredit as a Living Wage employer. This is a huge step in the life of the Living Wage movement and sends out a clear marker to the sector that businesses that can, should pay the voluntary rate, which is calculated according to the cost of living.

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