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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The Covid pandemic has seen an abrupt halt to the criminal justice system. The UK has tried, in many ways, to be creative in their approach towards how best to get criminal trials moving, but unfortunately it falls short of justice in a number of ways. In January 2021, there were 54,000 unheard Crown Court cases in England and the number of criminal trials held in Scotland dropped by 75%.

Over the last few weeks, the #MeToo movement has once again become prominent.  Notably, the reports have come from the sports world with Olympians sharing their experiences, along with allegations against musician, Marilyn Manson.

Since it began in 2017, the #MeToo Movement has effected real change. It has the power to change both the civil and criminal courts as we know it across the world, as it changes our understanding of collective evidence.

As we approach a year since the Covid-19 outbreak was declared a pandemic, the rollout of vaccines is largely being celebrated as a way out of repeated lockdowns. But while uptake is currently high and many have indicated they would queue through the night for the jag, the Government has been clear that vaccination will not be mandatory. Such a decision is likely the correct one from a legal perspective, given that a blanket rule that all citizens must receive a vaccine would raise serious questions relating to consent and disproportionate interference with fundamental rights.

Recent developments have seen UK based Security Firm G4S accused of taking fees from workers in exchange for securing roles within their Middle East operations1. The practice, which is said to operate via recruitment agencies targeting migrant workers in the region, has been described as reaching into the millions in fees paid. The conduct described of course amounts to modern slavery. G4S have stated previously that “Any human rights abuse is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated under any circumstances… G4S is committed to the highest standards to ensure that migrant workers are treated with respect and dignity. We are working to raise global standards across the industry with all our partners.”2

The UK left the European Union on the 31st December 2020 creating an even more uncertain future ahead while we are still on the road to recovery from the pandemic.

The pandemic highlighted the need to have strong employment rights in the UK and while in the European Union we benefitted from legislation such as the Working Time Directive, the future of employment rights in a post-Brexit Britain are now uncertain.

For hundreds of trainees across Scotland, they have had to adapt to an entirely new way of working. In March 2020, I was in the same position. With six months left until the end of my training contract, the way I worked completely changed. It will be a month that I will never forget. At the start, I was in the office at my desk and by the end, I was navigating an entirely new way of working by ‘working from home’.

2020 was filled with novel challenges and dangers across the world and, even as events continued to unfold throughout the year, there was always a focus on getting back to some kind of normality. Now that 2021 has arrived it’s clear that a lot of the changes so many of us have had to make are not temporary, and that 2020 was not a short departure from normal life but a clear dividing line between Before Covid-19 and After Covid-19.

Social media use in last 15 years has increased in both volume and the types of content shared, leading to a norm of many users saying and sharing what they want, when they want. Misinformation, disinformation and fake news have become part of the content we view daily and largely accepted as one of the downsides of online communication.

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