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Talk To Thompsons – The Podcast

Episode 2: Survivors Team & Historical Abuse

We don’t just use the phrase ‘Talk to Thompsons’ we truly believe it is good to talk.  Which is why we have launched the Talk to Thompsons podcast and thank you for joining us in our discussion today.

In the unpredictable world we find ourselves in due to the coronavirus outbreak, many of our current, past and new clients have many questions about various topics.  Is their case still progressing?  Are Thompsons still operating as normal? What rights do they have at work?
 What can they do to protect themselves and their loved ones.  Who do I turn to should anything happen?  We aim to answer these general questions and specific questions over the coming weeks exploring a different topic in each episode.

In today’s episode our host Paul Kissen speaks to Thompsons’ Survivors Team who look after our clients in the process of Historical Abuse cases.  These cases relate to clients who suffered abuse as children whilst in the care at many different institutions including children’s homes, prestigious private schools, religious organisations and sports clubs.  We hear about how the Survivors Team started, some of the cases they are involved with and our crucial relationships with Scotland’s leading abuse charities, including Wellbeing Scotland.  And we also discuss the Scottish Child Abuse Public Inquiry.

If you feel anything discussed today is relevant to you and would like to speak to someone about this, our team are specially trained Trauma Informed solicitors who treat all enquiries with the strictest of confidence. If you require their assistance, please contact us on 0141 566 6878

Today’s guests:

Paul Kissen – Paul is a trainee lawyer within Thompsons’ employment law department and has a keen interest in understanding all the cases which the firm represents clients on and highlighting these to our listeners.

Patrick McGuire – Patrick is a senior Partner at Thompsons and is an expert in personal injury and has been regarded as an expert in public inquiries, most notably for his work in bringing about investigation in to Celtic Boys Club historic abuse claims.

Laura Connor – Laura is a Partner at Thompsons and heads up our Survivors Team.  Laura works closely with charities and has a passion for getting justice for historic abuse survivors and supporting them during the process.

Shona Cocksedge – Shona is a solicitor within the Survivors Team at Thompsons and has worked exclusively on historic abuse cases since 2018.

Daniel Canning – Daniel is a solicitor within the Survivors Team at Thompsons offering legal support to survivors and campaigning for change with the charity Take Justice.

Emma Wheelhouse – Emma is a trainee solicitor in the Survivors Team at Thompsons.  AS well as working on abuse cases, Emma works closely with the charity Wellbeing Scotland offering support and advice to childhood abuse survivors.

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All advice included in today’s podcast is correct as of time of recording, week commencing 18th May 2020.  Please be aware as the coronavirus and associated situations are quickly evolving, regulations and advice are subject to change and you should always refer to the most recent publications.

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