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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have this month issued a safety alert regarding the risk of exposure to harmful fumes from welding. This is in light of new scientific evidence from the International Agency for Research on Cancer that exposure to all welding fumes can cause lung cancer. It has also been indicated that there could be a link with kidney cancer.  

At Court of Session this week an employer, Peebles Media Group, are bringing a case against their former employee, Patricia Reilly.

The claim, brought before one of Scotland’s highest court, claims that Ms Reilly was at fault when she paid invoices, which turned out to be fraudulent, leading to the company losing around £200,000.

A landmark decision in the Court of Session has confirmed that community councils can be sued for their negligent misdeeds.  A community council is a voluntary organisation set up by statute passed by the Local Authority and run by local residents to act on behalf of its area. They promote the well-being of their communities and local people are encouraged to become members of their community council.  Lord Woolman recently decided that a case, advanced by Thompsons Solicitors, against Connel Community Council could proceed to a full evidential hearing.

Today Friday 31 January 2019, marks the centenary of the Battle of George Square, one of the most significant moments in Scottish working class and trade union history. The Battle of George Square, otherwise known as “Bloody Friday” started with a strike called by the Clyde Worker’s Committee (CWC). CWC and their members sought to agitate for the 40 hour week. The industrial action was well supported on Clydeside, and by 31 January 1919, estimates of 90,000 striking workers and their families flooded to Glasgow’s George Square.  The Red Flag was raised in the crowd.  The British state, concerned that such well supported agitation would turn to a Bolshevik style revolution, violently suppressed the rising, sending tanks, soldiers and machine guns to Glasgow. Over 50 people were injured as a consequence.

The Financial Conduct Authority has fined Santander almost £33 million for failing to transfer over £183 million of deceased customer’s funds when they should have. This directly affected 40,428 customers.

It has been reported that two patients at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow have recently died after contracting fungal infections caused by pigeon droppings.  Both patients developed cryptococcosis, which is caused by fungus from soil or bird droppings. 

As temperatures drops in the winter months, the number of people who are injured as a result of slipping on ice and snow increases. When a person falls on ice, they can sustain serious orthopaedic injuries, such as broken bones or pulled ligaments which can have a massive impact on their day to day life.

We regularly advise our clients to have three documents: a Will, a Power of Attorney and an Advance Medical Directive. All three are essential documents for estate planning.

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