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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Personal injury

A landmark decision in the Court of Session has confirmed that community councils can be sued for their negligent misdeeds.  A community council is a voluntary organisation set up by statute passed by the Local Authority and run by local residents to act on behalf of its area. They promote the well-being of their communities and local people are encouraged to become members of their community council.  Lord Woolman recently decided that a case, advanced by Thompsons Solicitors, against Connel Community Council could proceed to a full evidential hearing.

As temperatures drops in the winter months, the number of people who are injured as a result of slipping on ice and snow increases. When a person falls on ice, they can sustain serious orthopaedic injuries, such as broken bones or pulled ligaments which can have a massive impact on their day to day life.

Watching your child grow into becoming a toddler should be a happy and exciting time for parents.  However, there are difficult decisions to be made such as choosing the right nursery.  Choosing the right nursery for your child can take time; parents want to feel comfortable that when they drop their child off that they will be cared for, looked after and waiting to be collected at the end of the day unharmed.  Unfortunately, this did not happen for a family in Edinburgh.  They received a telephone call that no parent wants to receive, advising that their child had been involved in an accident whilst in the care of his nursery.

When a person sustained a serious head injury, such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI), this can have a devastating impact on the person themselves and those around them. They impact can go way beyond the physical injuries as the injured party is likely to suffer psychologically as a result of their injuries with symptoms of low mood, anxiety and depression. Experts have also found that TBI can cause emotional problems, difficulties in forming and keeping memories, and controlling impulses. The individual can often become aggressive.

Sandwich chain Pret A Manger has come under fire recently following the deaths of two customers who suffered allergic reactions to products purchased from their stores. Fifteen year-old Natasha Ednan-Laperouse collapsed on board a flight to France in July of 2016 and subsequently died after eating an artichoke, olive and tapenade baguette that she had bought at a Pret outlet within Heathrow Airport. She died as a result of anaphylaxis after eating the sandwich, which contained sesame. 

This week marks the start of a campaign by the Royal Mail and Communication Workers Union to raise awareness of the risk to postal workers from dog bites and attacks. This is an annual awareness event which takes place in the summer months to raise public awareness of the issue of dog attacks on postal workers and to encourage responsible dog ownership.

Celtic’s John Hartson was involved in an unusual accident when playing golf near his home in Peebles. The golf buggy which he was a passenger in ploughed into a tree whilst going downhill at 25 miles per hour. The driver had reportedly hit the accelerator and not the brake.

Following the accident John, who feared for his life and almost lost an eye, required 48 stitches to his head and was told that he would require follow up plastic surgery.

World cup fever is once again upon us with the action kicking off in Russia yesterday afternoon. All eyes were on the line up for the Egypt team ahead of their game today against Uruguay.

One of Egypt’s star player, Mo Salah, was recently injured in the Champions League final while playing for Liverpool. Salah was the victim of a brutal tackle from Sergio Ramos resulting in a dislocated shoulder. It has been suggested that the tackle from Ramos was a deliberate attempt to injury Salah. Others have suggested it was all in the spirit of the game. I have been asked, more than once now(!), whether Ramos could be sued by Salah for the injury sustained?

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