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.

As always, for any concerns, advice and updates on your case; Talk to Thompsons.

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Compensation Claims

Victoria Aqunio, SolicitorI read recently that a mother, who received compensation to care for her disabled son, was then asked to pay back £375,000 after her son died.  It sparked a debate amongst my friends as to whether or not asking for the money to be paid back was the right thing to do. 

Victoria Aquino, SolicitorThe daughter of formal Scotland football internationalist, Colin Hendry,  is supporting a campaign launched by the Mail on Sunday newspaper to ‘Stop Cosmetic Surgery Cowboys’.

Victoria Aquino, SolicitorA couple of years ago there were warnings in the press about a new hair trend – The Brazilian Blow Dry.  This treatment promises to tame unruly frizz and curly hair in just three hours and claims to leave you with a ‘perfect blow-dry that lasts for months’. First of all hair cuticles are opened up with a special shampoo before a product is applied to hair and then straightened at high temperature to activate the chemicals which achieve the end result.

Victoria AquinoHave you been unlucky enough to have been a victim of in-app purchasing by your offspring?  It is very easy to give a screaming a child an iphone to try and distract them for five to ten minutes but that ten minutes of peace and quiet can cost a lot more than you bargained for!  We have all read the horror stories of toddlers who have managed to spend thousands of pounds by accidentally pressing things on their parents touch sensitive iPads, iPods or iPhones.

Victoria AquinoIt has been reported that the NHS has paid out over £1 million compensation since 2009 to men who have had the wrong testicle removed by surgeons.

Victoria AquinoIt was reported on the BBC that women who have paid for faulty PIP breast implants using a Lloyds TSB credit card will receive “full, proper compensation”.

Stewart WhiteFollowing the release of the report into the extent of Jimmy Savile’s alleged abuse there is now the important issue of how his victims will be compensated.  As he is no longer with us, Savile cannot be prosecuted, nor can he be libelled. If the allegations can be proved, on the balance of probabilities that the abuse occurred at the alleged places, then a claim can be made against the employers for vicarious liability.   There is also a claim being brought in negligence which would require the victim to establish that the employer owed them a duty of care and that the employer knew and ought to have known that Savile was a risk to the victims in light of complaints they had received about his conduct and should have protected the victims against the risk that he posed. However, if the abuse took place when Mr Savile wasn’t in employment?   A claim can then be directed against his Estate which is alleged to amount to over £4 million. 

Greg WhyteThe cost of living is rising.  Even if it isn’t – it feels like it is.

With relatively less in our pockets for the next ‘rainy day’ when a dip into savings is required seems daunting for most. 
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