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It’s hard to believe, but this week marks the First Anniversary of Thompsons Solicitors opening the doors of our office in Galashiels. It seems like only yesterday that our first year of bringing our Specialist Personal Injury Service to Galashiels and the Scottish Borders began with cold weather and a warm welcome. But what a year it’s been!

Since we celebrated our opening, attended by Scotland and British Lions legend John Beattie, we’ve followed up with plenty of hard work! We’ve worked with long established local lawyers to assist them and their clients with our knowledge and expertise in compensation law.

We also worked to set up law clinics at the Citizens Advice Bureau in Gala and Peebles to try help the Bureau’s clients with any legal issues where they would benefit from our advice. Radio Borders have been our partners getting out the message that we’re here for the local community, to listen and to help them obtain justice.

Of course, there’s much more to life in Gala than work. And our first year has taught us a thing or two about what life in the Borders is.

The summer months saw Gala’s Braw Lads and Lasses ride out through the town, as well as each of our neighbouring towns celebrating their own local traditions with common ridings and festivals.

And September brought a real buzz about the town with the arrival of the new Borders Railway. As proud as we are of the work we do for victims in Gala and beyond, the most important service to arrive in the Borders this year has certainly been the railway. People were dead keen to try it, and the town centre streets seemed busier than ever - although, not as busy as some of the carriages heading up the line from Tweedbank, it would seem!

And now, as we look forward to Christmas again, the rugby season is in full swing. At Thompsons we are proud to renew our support and sponsorship of Gala RFC for the 2015 – 2016 season by providing training kit and advertising pitch side and in the match programme.

So our most important message this Christmas, as well as giving all our greetings of the season, is that if you think we can help you, come and Talk to Thompsons. We’ll listen, then we’ll work as hard as we can to help you.

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