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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Employment Law

Last week, in what has been labelled as a “David and Goliath victory” Glasgow bar workers were successful in an Employment Tribunal claim against Scottish hospitality giants, the G1 Group.

Following their dismissal from the Grosvenor Café on Ashton Lane in September 2017, five Unite members, represented by Michael Briggs of Thompsons Solicitors, won their Employment Tribunal claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal.

Times are changing. The traditional 9am to 5pm is now becoming outdated, not just for parents or carers but for EVERYONE. Just 6% of people in the UK now work such hours. Yet people are still requesting flexible working hours and being denied this right. Many people are not even aware this right exists. A balance must be struck between employer and employee and there is a plethora of research which shows working flexibly is better for one’s mental health and productivity. Employers would benefit from offering flexible working hours and would attract a higher number of applicants, said Peter Cheese, chief executive of HR industry body of the CIPD.

Lord Sugar has always been recognised as an active and controversial character in the world of Twitter. Piers Morgan referred to him as a ‘Halfwit’ when he fell for a fake Trump tweet. He posted a picture of Jeremy Corbyn sat next to Adolf Hitler. He has been in a Twitter war with Donald Trump. Some find his tweets humorous. The issue becomes when tweets cross lines and why some people do not face the same consequences that befall others.

Every August thousands of performers, comedians, workers and tourists flock to Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival. With over 50,000 performances in over 300 venues across the city, the Fringe markets itself as the single biggest celebration of arts and culture on the planet, welcoming an explosion of creative energy from around the globe.

The question “Why does she not just leave?” is often asked by people trying to understand domestic abuse. Although such a question may be asked innocently, it is loaded with connotations of blaming the victim and individualising the societal problem of domestic abuse.

There’s a protest planned tonight in Glasgow against a mass eviction of 300 asylum seekers from their accommodation. Activists, lawyers, politicians and members of the public are absolutely appalled at the prospect of such a humanitarian crisis in our own city.

Elon Musk, the self-styled tech visionary who designed a mini sub to help with the rescue of the 12 Thai boys stuck in a cave, wrote an ill-advised tweet in response to a British member of the Thai diving team’s comment to a journalist that he could “stick his submarine where it hurts”. Elon’s bizarre tweet referred to the diver as that “pedo guy”, apparently because he is a Brit living in Thailand, and a follow up insisted “bet ya a signed dollar it’s true”. Mr Unsworth is currently considering suing for defamation.

While New Labour’s erstwhile tenure on the government benches produced a shamefully modest amount of initiatives aimed at redressing the legislative imbalance it inherited from the Thatcher/Major years in industrial relations law, one lasting change was the creation of a statutory right for workers to be accompanied at disciplinary and grievance hearings by a trade union representative.

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