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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‘Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive!’

Walter Scott

The Conservative Party, in its 2019 manifesto pledged to make it easier for all workers to work from home and said they would encourage home working as the default position unless an employer has genuine reasons to refuse a request. They also said they would consult on flexible working arrangements but made no commitment to legislate to strengthen the existing weak flexible working regulations under which only one in three requests to work flexibly are granted according to the TUC.

Food hall staff at the Princes Street branch of M&S have spoken out against plans to change their shift patterns to include a 5am start time, deemed necessary to have the food hall ready for store opening at 8am. M&S bosses have refused to reverse the changes to take account of staff concerns for their safety, providing instead, personal attack alarms to those who feel their new commute times will put them at risk.

This weekend has tragically seen the death of six people in lochs, beauty spots and rivers across Scotland. This is a heart-breaking figure which brings the dangers of open water swimming to the forefront of public concern. Four of these deaths occurred at Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, with two others occurring in Hamilton and Lanark respectively.

As Scotland has opened up, we are getting used to more freedoms than we have had in the past year, including with the travel industry. With holidays abroad remaining challenging due to the traffic light system; many are opting for ‘staycations’ and choosing to have their holiday in Scotland.

How Trade Unionists Organise around social issues:

We can’t picket the patriarchy.

This is not a moment, it’s a movement…. One of my favourite lines from the musical Hamilton – which I may have dedicated a bit too much time to over lockdown. We all have our coping mechanisms and I’ve come to realise that I found a lot of strength from that musical in the last year. The underdogs fighting for what is right, at times letting passion get the better of them in a ruthless world but maintaining strength and a sense of what is right throughout it all.

When COVID 19 hit us in March 2020 my role as a Staff Nurse and Staff Side Representative took my level of training to a whole new level. Suddenly the meaning of being One Team had never been so apparent. Staff were put under a huge amount of pressure both mentally and physically. With services stopping, staff shielding and being re-deployed to work in other areas out with their normal remit. The impact of COVID and what it meant to for key workers was enormous.

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