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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Thompsons Solicitors Scotland
Thompsons Solicitors Scotland

Greg Whyte, SolicitorThe closure of two schools, one in Northern Ireland and the other in Wales, earlier this week due to the discovery of deadly asbestos unfortunately comes as little surprise.

As expert Scottish compensation Solicitors, Thompsons is well aware that asbestos is still rife in schools the length and breadth of the country with an estimated 75 per cent of schools in Britain thought to contain asbestos. The revelations that almost 900 schools in Northern Ireland and a similar number in Wales contain asbestos are no surprise given the age of these schools and the prevalence of asbestos as a building material in the right up until the 1980s.

The more worrying aspect is that school boards, restricted by tight budgets, are unable to do anything about the asbestos – instead forced to toe the party line; by insisting that asbestos is only harmful if disturbed. It is commonly believed that if asbestos is left undisturbed it can be managed to prevent it causing any harm to health.

From dealing with hundreds of asbestos compensation claims every year Thompsons Solicitors in Scotland realise that asbestos in schools is indeed a ‘ticking time bomb’. In many cases it is only a matter of time before it is disturbed and causes asbestosis, asbestos related lung cancer, pleural thickening or mesothelioma in an innocent pupil or teacher.

Campaigners in Wales are calling for a central register to identify where asbestos is present so it can be effectively monitored.

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