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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Hannah BennettDespite the dangers of exposure to asbestos being well known, some firms are continuing to ignore the risks and are continuing to put their staff and others at significant risk.

I was shocked and angry to read that a decorating company has been fined because they exposed their employees, agency staff and members of the public to asbestos.

The company named MJC Decorating and Refurbishing Ltd was working on a refurbishment project at offices in Poole. The company began removing ceilings within the offices without assessing the risks and carrying out a suitable survey to check whether asbestos was present.

The ceilings were covered with asbestos insulation board. When removing the insulation board the company took no precautions. The Health and Safety Executive found widespread contamination and spread of dangerous asbestos fibres inside and outside the building.

MJC not only put at risk the health of their employees and agency workers on the site they also put at risk members of the public who may have come into close contact with the building or the contaminated clothes of those working within the building.

Innocent employees and members of the public have been put at risk needlessly Regulations dealing with asbestos safety have existed for many years and should be one of the first considerations for employers working in areas where there could be a risk of exposure to asbestos.  

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