At Thompson’s we would like to reassure all our clients that as far as possible we are operating as normal. The health and safety of our staff and clients is our primary concern during this outbreak and as such we are reviewing the situation on a regular basis and will be adapting our working practices following government guidelines. However, we have had to make some minor changes to how we are doing things.

Following Government guidelines, we have temporarily closed all of our offices and our staff are now all working from home using secure technologies to ensure they are able to continue to progress with existing and new cases as normal. All face to face meetings have been cancelled, however we are continuing to hold these meetings via phone and video calls. All the team are contactable on their direct dial numbers and email should you need to speak with your solicitor, please do not hesitate to talk to us about anything during this time.

We know these are uncertain and unsettling times for many of our clients, and the wider population, and things might look a little different for the foreseeable future. But our focus remains on our dedication, knowledge and strength that we provide to all our clients. We will continue to provide updates over the coming days and weeks in accordance with official guidelines and to keep everyone informed of the situation.

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When I Started Working On The QE2 Asbestos Was One Of The Main Materials We Worked With

To the world the ocean-going liner the QE2 is a symbol of the heyday of shipbuilding on Clyde.

To John Ferguson, one of the legions of men who worked on her construction, she is a grim reminder of how he acquired the pleural plaques infecting his lungs.

John, 71, of Dumbarton Road, Dalmuir Clydebank was a joiner working on the iconic vessel unaware, of the deadly legacy of the asbestos boards he and his mates cut and trimmed daily.

John is one of Thompsons Solicitors’ pleural plaques respondents in the judicial review at the Court of Session which rejected the insurance companies attempts to block the Scottish Government’s pleural plaques legislation.

John said: “When I started working on the QE2 in 1965 asbestos was one of the main materials we worked with.

“It was used extensively as a fire retardant in the corridors and cabins.

“Before we could fit the decorative panels we had to put in an asbestos lining, and that involved taking large sheets of asbestos and sawing and trimming them to size.

“Needless to say that meant that we were breathing in air that was full of asbestos dust.

“We were totally unaware of how deadly the asbestos was at that time, but the Government knew and kept bringing it into the country without saying a word about the risks it posed”.

John a widower with two sons and four grandchildren only discovered he had pleural plaques in June 2007, although doctors had spotted the condition ten years earlier when he went through heart surgery.

“It was only when I went to the doctor because I was becoming increasingly breathlessness that I learned I had pleural plaques although the condition was recorded in the notes from my heart operation all those years earlier.

“Now I just have to live with the condition and hope it doesn’t get any worse. Now I am retired I go to somewhere hot like Turkey for four months over the winter because I find it easier to breathe in a warmer climate.”

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