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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Road Traffic Claims

motorcycle accidentThe Police Federation has announced that it is calling for changes in relation to rules governing when police officers can, and cannot, pursue criminals who are fleeing via mopeds and motorcycles.

The pothole crisis in Scotland is growing and unfortunately, due to inadequate inspections or the failure to repair roads, many are at risk of sustaining an injury. What should you do if you find yourself in this situation?

Car insurance is one of life’s necessary evils. All motorists know they are under a legal obligation to take out car insurance to cover them in the event they are involved in an accident. Few drivers, however, are aware of the terms of their policy and, more importantly, what could invalidate their policy.

Regardless what weeks newspapers you are looking at there is likely to be a story about someone being convicted of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol. The vast majority of the population is well aware how serious such a conviction can be. A drink driving conviction now comes, quite rightly, with a significant taboo that would have been alien 30 years ago, and still is in other counties around the world.

Brake is a charity who campaign tirelessly to improve safety on Britain’s roads. They are a national road safety charity at the forefront of campaigning efforts to prevent deaths and serious injuries on Britain’s road. They provide education to school children across the UK to promote road safety awareness. They also provide invaluable support to families who have been affected by deaths and injuries caused by road crashes.

The Scottish Parliament has recently passed a new Bill which will mean it will be compulsory for all school buses to be fitted with seatbelts. The Seat Belts on School Transport (Scotland) Bill was supported by all MSP and was unanimously passed last week. The new law will come into effect from next year when all vehicles provided by local authorities used to transport children of primary school age will require to be fitted with a seatbelt. This will be extended further in 2021 to include vehicles being used to transport children of secondary school age.

Over the past month, the UK has seen a big change in the road safety laws. This week it was announced that the maximum sentences for drivers who cause death by speeding, racing or using a mobile phone was now increased from 14 years to life. This increase was also extended to those who cause death by careless driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Public transport has made the headlines again this week when the driver of a Lothian Bus collided with an overhead walkway at the Western General Hospital resulting in the roof of the bus being torn off.

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