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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As a number of areas of Scotland are going through their second phase of lockdown, there are many individuals that will be struggling more than most. For many survivors, abuse can be centred around the home. This year, Police Scotland and the National Domestic Abuse helpline has marked a staggering increase in the amount of calls that have been received in relation to domestic abuse.

In recent years, there has been an increasing amount of press surrounding trial shifts and whether or not people should be paid for them. Currently in the UK, unpaid trial shifts are legal and to date there is no real definition for them.

HMRC issued guidance in order to try and minimise trial shifts being unpaid. HMRC state that ultimately the decision lies with tribunals and courts to decide whether the minimum wage should be paid in specific cases. This does not provide a lot of protection for people who are being asked to come in for an unpaid trial shift. There is no uniform guidance on how long a trial shift should be and there certainly is no consistent execution of the guidance to unpaid trial shifts by employers.

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.

It’s been a while since our last episode of Talk to Thompsons and there have been a few changes.  Firstly, this episode is hosted by Hazel Berryman from our marketing team with a more open discussion between our guests.

Both the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) and the England and Wales Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), were established in 2015 following growing numbers of allegations of abuse and changing societal pressures to look into how that abuse occurred. Much of this gained momentum after the 2011 death of Jimmy Savile, however survivors had been calling for independent inquiries for at least a decade before that.

In 2019, Scotland was the first part of the United Kingdom to legally ban smacking. The smacking ban bill was first introduced by MSP John Finnie. With the support of other MSPs, and many child protection charities, he argued that smacking teaches children that ‘might is right.’ The intention was to send a strong message that violence was never acceptable at any time or place.

It has recently been reported that there is a lack of gender inequality within courts in Scotland, and across the UK, with those sitting in the benches lacking in diversity.

BBC News reported recently on the story of Jonathan Taylor who was a whistle-blower in 2012, when he revealed corruption within SBM Offshore, a Dutch multinational company, for whom he worked for a period of nine years in Monaco. The information he released led to SBM Offshore paying a £186 million settlement to Dutch authorities, with a similar settlement in the USA. After returning to Southampton and family life, he recently travelled to Croatia for a holiday when he was held on an Interpol “red notice” extradition request to Monaco, based on allegations of “bribery and corruption”. The extradition request has now been quashed by the Supreme Court of Croatia however he remains stranded in Croatia whilst a request for a European arrest warrant is made.

Love them or hate them, the most popular time of year for fireworks has come around again. With the cancellation of organised displays this year, and with restrictions on gatherings, it was anticipated that there would be a higher than normal number of private Bonfire Night celebrations. At the same time, calls are being made, by the Scottish Government’s Fireworks Review Group, for the regulations surrounding the supply and use of fireworks to be tightened. What can be done to prevent something intended to bring colour and fun to a winter’s night from becoming a dangerous nuisance?

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