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Partner  with Thompsons Patrick McGuire is interviewed by BBC Scotland’s John Beattie on where the civil law stands in Scotland for victims of historic abuse.

Patrick explains how a civil claim for compensation can be launched and why a new piece of legislation being introduced by the Scottish Parliament removing time-bar restrictions is so important.

The Frank Maguire Memorial Award gives students at law schools across Scotland the chance to win a prize of £1,000 and an internship at Thompsons Solicitors.

The award was set up in 2014 in memory of Frank Maguire, who was senior partner at Thompsons and one of Scotland’s foremost campaigning lawyers, working throughout his career to improve the rights of the sick, injured and vulnerable. In his honour, the award aims to encourage the next generation of lawyers campaigning for law reform.

Thompsons solicitors have committed to helping Ryan Williamson, whose son Ciaran was killed in a Glasgow cemetery, at  the Fatal Accident Inquiry into his death.

Ryan’s application for legal aid was turned down, and he was very upset at the prospect of never finding answers about what happened to his eight-year-old son.

The 3rd Annual Thompsons Charity Christmas Card Competition is open to children from Primary 1-7 and gives you the chance to win £250 for your school or group, while raising money for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, which helps care for children from across Scotland, as well as a charity of your choice!

Lawyers ScotlandThompsons Solicitors is proud to announce two new partners along with the promotion of three new associates. Peter O’Donnell and David Martyn who jointly manage the firm’s award winning employment law team are appointed partner and will continue to build on their enormous success with trade union clients across Scotland. Peter who joined Thompsons in 2007 and David who joined in 2009 have grown the number of trade union clients represented by the firm and are regularly involved in some of the country’s most high profile employment cases. The most notable recently being the securing of a financial deal for Tullis Russell workers in Fife and a similar settlement for workers in Ayrshire made redundant with 15 minutes notice by one of Mike Ashley’s companies.

Patrick McGuire, a partner with Thompsons Solicitors and Scotland’s leading mass litigation lawyer, has condemned car giants VW and their treatment of Scottish customers. Thousands of Scottish car owners who bought VW cars and other related makes such as Skoda and Audi discovered they had been victims of a deliberate fraud by VW who used sophisticated software to cheat exhaust emissions tests.

A leading member of The Scottish Parliament today called for immediate action to tackle the scandal of counterfeit material being used in the manufacture of surgical mesh. Neil Findlay who is also chair of Holyrood's influential health committee was speaking at a press conference with high profile American Lawyer Steve Mostyn who first highlighted the issue of counterfeit material in surgical mesh and is pursuing the makers, Boston Scientific, through the US courts and Scotland's top mass litigation lawyer Patrick McGuire.

Thompsons Solicitors are currently representing hundreds of people across Scotland who have been affected by the metal on metal hip implant scandal.

If you or a member of your family are a victim of faulty metal on metal hips please call our specialist legal team now on 0800 089 1616.

Thompsons client Tracey Rae from Falkirk suffered  long-term health problems after contracting food poisoning at a restaurant. Thompsons secured her compensation of £263,534.

Mrs Rae developed severe symptoms after eating a meal at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Leith.

Mr Watts who works at HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane sustained injuries to his back and legs which forced him to be absent from work for over three months. Mr Watts required to manually open and close a large heavy gate as part of his duties. Whilst closing the large gate during adverse weather conditions a strong gust of wind caught the gate and blew it out of his hands.  The wind changed direction and Mr Watts was then trapped between this gate and the adjacent gate.  He sustained serious injuries to his back and legs.   Mr Watts’ colleagues confirmed that there had been previous problems with this gate and other similar gates on the Base.

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