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

Yesterday the Taylor report was launched by Prime Minister, Theresa May.

The report was commissioned in October 2016 to look into “Employment Practices in the Modern Economy”.  The review was chaired by Matthew Taylor, CEO of the Royal Society of Arts and former political advisor to Tony Blair.

It’s been said money doesn’t buy happiness. Despite best efforts it’s difficult to pay for rent, food, or travel in happiness so the next step is finding money.

How is money acquired? Mostly, other money. The most hotly perpetuated myth around the rich is that their large wealth is made by “working really hard” - as opposed to the capital and connections they’re already afforded.

'Gig' economy sounds like finding cheap tickets to see your favourite band. In fact the 'Gig' economy is a 'labour market characterised by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work, as opposed to permanent jobs’. Depending on your point of view it is either a working environment that offers flexibility with regard to employment hours (usually an employer's point of view), or it is a form of exploitation with very little workplace protection (the exploited worker's point of view). The latter is the view of the GMB Union based on research into 'precarious employment' unveiled at its 100th annual congress in Plymouth last week.

This week saw the BBC carried a story regarding the experiences of job interviewees.  It was reported that comments were made to a woman applicant, who was 37 years old, regarding her age and whether or not she was “too old” for the role.

A recent article in the Guardian featured a pilot scheme being rolled out by the Ministry of Justice in South Wales which aimed at weaning young offenders away from crime by, among other things, introducing them to Eminem lyrics. Two recurring themes in Eminem’s work are the difficulties he faced in his upbringing and the insights he since gained from those experiences. The hope of the project is that the wayward youngsters will identify with the lyrics and be motivated to make positive changes in their lives which will steer them away from future brushes with the law, presumably into careers as multi-platinum rap artists.

On the eve of the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, signing the Article 50 letter – triggering the UK’s exit from the European Union - she visited Scotland. She met with Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

Two powerful women, at the highest ranks of UK politics, making decisions which will change the course of our country’s history for generations to come.

Today provides an opportunity for all of us to reflect on what has been achieved, recognise what still has to be done, and stop and think about all those women in the UK and across the world suffering today, as a result of men’s violence against women.

The glamorous worlds of non-league football and employment law collided again last week as Sutton United followed up their impressive FA Cup run and admirable performance against England’s perennial 4th best side by embroiling themselves in 2017’s most bizarre scandal to date. Sutton’s 23-stone reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw was allegedly dismissed for eating a pie in the dugout, potentially falling foul of the sport’s betting regulations in the process.

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