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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Health and Safety

A fire at the luxury Cameron House Hotel and Spa in December 2017 led to the death of two men, Richard Dyson and Simon Midgley, who were guests at the hotel at the time of the blaze. The source of the blaze was identified as having started due to a night porter placing a bag of ashes from a fire into a cupboard containing kindling and newspapers.

Love them or hate them, the most popular time of year for fireworks has come around again. With the cancellation of organised displays this year, and with restrictions on gatherings, it was anticipated that there would be a higher than normal number of private Bonfire Night celebrations. At the same time, calls are being made, by the Scottish Government’s Fireworks Review Group, for the regulations surrounding the supply and use of fireworks to be tightened. What can be done to prevent something intended to bring colour and fun to a winter’s night from becoming a dangerous nuisance?

When the ongoing Grenfell Inquiry was last covered as part of Thompsons’ blog series back in February 2020 (The Grenfell Tower Inquiry: who will take responsibility?), Phase 2 hearings had only recently begun. The Phase 1 report had been published in October 2019 and contained a description of the events of 14th June 2017, including a detailed account of that night, conclusions regarding how the fire broke out, and the actions of emergency responders.

The Leicestershire area has the second highest concentration of textile manufacturing in the UK, with 1,500 businesses employing around 10,000 people.

However, big retailers have been reluctant to increase production in the UK due to concerns about the exploitation of workers through unsafe working practices and ‘sweatshop wages’.

The coronavirus pandemic continues to see more and more frontline workers at risk due to the ongoing lack of personal protective equipment (PPE). There is no more important time for everyone to know, understand and exercise their rights to PPE. So, what, then, are workers’ legal rights?

The advice from the government is simple. Those who can work from home, should work from home. We know that is not possible for everyone, particularly our key workers.

So if you do still have to go to work, what should your employers be doing for you to ensure your health and safety? There are specific responsibilities placed upon your employer to ensure your safety at work amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fire at the 23-floor Grenfell tower broke out in the early hours of the morning of 14th June 2017, in the kitchen of a 4th floor flat. Within 2 hours the fire had spread to all 4 sides of the tower and to most of the upper floors.  72 people died and a further 70 were injured.

Health and Safety report imageA recent review of statistics from the Health and Safety Executive has found that in the past 10 years, more workers in Scotland have died during their course of their employment than any other part of Great Britain. In the past decade 1,540 people have died at work, 231 of those have been in Scotland. This works out, on average, of one workplace fatality every two week in Scotland. These figures demonstrate that employers continue to fail to protect the safety of their employees while at work.

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