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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March 2020, we were on an emergency footing and bracing ourselves for the worst, so my role as a Pain Nurse Specialist was no longer a priority. Supporting people’s failing organs, namely their lungs was everyone’s priority. Almost two years after my last shift as a Staff Nurse in a High Dependency Unit I found myself rapidly up-skilling to work in a Covid Intensive Care Unit. The normal rules no longer applied, the onus to be deemed as competent at providing intensive care was on me not the clinical educator nor education coordinator. There was a sense of urgency and a sense of uncertainty for sure!

Family fall outs are nothing new. However, when a child is cut out of a Will, this can lead to untold family frustration. This was recently the case when the son of Bedazzled star Liz Hurley found he had been disinherited by his father in his Will.

On privatisation of the nationalised UK coal mining industry in 1994, the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme (“MPS”) was closed to further contributions and privatised. The UK Government became guarantor to the Scheme, and guaranteed that pension members would always receive the benefits they had earned up to privatisation, and that these benefits would increase in line with inflation. In return, it was agreed that the Government would be entitled to a 50% share of any surpluses in the Scheme’s value at future valuations. The other 50% would be distributed to members through bonuses.

This week saw the first set of changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

From yesterday (Thursday 1 July) the level of grant given to employers for employees on furlough is reducing and will continue to gradually reduce through July through to September as per the following table from the Government website

Last week Victoria Weldon at the Herald reported that plans to devolve the administration of Employment Tribunals has been further delayed and is not expected until at least 2024.

To most people (other than a select few like me who need their head checked) the topic of pension advice is not the most captivating. However, the fact that it is not a particularly sexy subject should not detract from the impact that it can have on someone’s life.

Victims of negligent pensions advice can see their life savings wiped out in an instant after years of hard work and planning.

The recent case of Linda McCall - the Borders teacher found guilty of assault and aggressive and abusive behaviour towards young children in her care in a primary school raises some important questions.

It is indubitably horrifying that a teacher can do such things, and as a society, we all have a collective gasp at such crimes in the modern age. Look beyond the conviction and the individual concerned, and just as disturbing, on a different level however, is the actions of the public body with statutory responsibilities to the children involved. Scottish Borders Council.

The association between brain injuries and contact sports is now irrefutable. A recent study by the Institute of Biomedical Engineering found that far from being solely concussions which cause brain damage, repeated blows to head can cause lasting trauma in the absence of concussion[1]. That is to say, concussions need not occur for there to be lasting damage to the brain where repeated blows are sustained.

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