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 BennettMany people think Asbestos related risks are a thing of the past and effect only labourers who worked with Asbestos when it was widely used pre-war. The reality however is very different and asbestos exposure and the risks related to this continue to be an issue that affects everyone in society including the Royals and leaders of our country!

A recent report identified that the Palace of Westminster is in a state of disrepair and is in fact full of asbestos. The Palace of Westminster is 150 years old and it is thought that many of the electrics are pre-war. 

It has been reported that the House of Commons Commission has been assessing plans to carry out refurbishments of the palace. If refurbishments were carried out this may result in Parliament having to sit elsewhere. The Commission is due to publish a report looking into the various refurbishment plans this week and is expected to make a number of recommendations. These are expected to include proposals for a long-term refurbishment plan with minimal disruption to the palace’s business, a partial refurbishment plan with MPs or Lords moving out for a time and a total refurbishment plan with everyone moving out.

What must be seriously considered are the health and safety issues surrounding the refurbishment and the operations involving the removal of asbestos. With figures suggesting 20 tradesmen in the UK a week, die from Asbestos related diseases. It brings it home to all of, including the Royal family, how important the regulations for removal of asbestos are.  

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