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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Miscellaneous

No Win No Fee Solicitors get on their bikes to help cyclistsStaff at Thompsons Solicitors are getting on their bikes to ensure they offer better legal services to injured cyclists.

 

Aidan West, Employment LawyerThompsons Solicitors have added an Employment Law Solicitor, Aidan West, to their team in Aberdeen.

Staff at Thompsons Solicitors are getting on their bikes to ensure they offer a better service to victims of cycling accidents.

Half a dozen of the firm’s lawyers and support staff have signed up for an 8-hour Cycle Commuter Course run by Cycle Scotland.

Hundreds of members of the public are to receive compensation payments after being burned by a defective batch of sofas. The sofas had been manufactured by the Chinese companies Linkwise and Eurosofa and were sold in Argos, Land of Leather and Walmsleys.

Thompsons Solicitors’ Aberdeen Partner Chris Gordon has welcomed news that scientists at Aberdeen University have been awarded £1.5m for research into deadly bacteria like E.coli, salmonella and Legionella which cause Legionnaires disease.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has put the cost to the UK of accidents in the home at £45 billion a year, in hospital bills, time off work and benefits, in a report to their home safety congress in Glasgow.

The figure has almost doubled since RoSPA last reported on home accidents in 1996.

Thompsons Solicitors and Solicitor Advocates are pleased to announce the assumption of Derek McLean into the partnership and the appointment of Victoria Aquino, Jayne Crawford and Jennifer St. Clair as associates.

Coalfields Trust Midnight legal winners

Thompsons Solicitors won praise for their sponsorship of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust Midnight League finals at the Toryglen Regional Football Centre on Sunday.

Over 200 youngsters from former mining communities all over central Scotland took part in the finals, with Alloa’s Jackson Five winning the boys 14 and over section, Penicuik Stars taking the boys 12/13 title and Burnbank girls beating their near neighbours Blantyre in the final of the girls event.

Nicky Wilson, Scottish Trustee of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust said: “We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Thompsons Solicitors for their sponsorship of the finals and to the Scottish FA for running the leagues and the finals.

“The Coalfields Regeneration Trust supports midnight leagues in 21 former coalfield communities to the tune of £50,000 a year, giving over 1,100 youngsters something positive to do at weekends.
“Events like the finals really bring home how much good that does and how much enjoyment it gives to those taking part.”

Bruce Shields, Solicitor-Advocate and Partner at Thompsons Solicitors said: ‘We were delighted to contribute to the success of the CRT’s midnight league finals.

“Thompsons Solicitors has a long and proud tradition as trade union lawyers. We have always supported miners, their families and their communities and we continue to act for the NUM.

“It was a real pleasure to see the sheer enthusiasm of the boys and girls taking part, and an object lesson in how to play the game. I was very impressed with the quality of their play and their sportsmanship.

Andy Gould, Head of Regional Development at the Scottish FA said: “Every boy and girl who took part can be really proud of themselves, both for their skills level, and their behaviour on and off the pitch.”

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth MSP Cathie Craigie who joined Bruce and CRT Chair Peter McNestry in presenting the trophies said: “My local team made it to the final, but just missed making it three wins a row for Cumbernauld. But as always it was a great occasion.”

Mr McNestry said: “The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is particularly concerned with helping young people. By supporting midnight leagues in Scotland and the rest of the country, we improve the quality of life in former mining communities by giving young people something positive to do at weekends”.

The Jackson Five from Alloa in Clackmannanshire, represented by Stephen Muir, Gary Marshall, Kevin Allan, William Marshall and Liam Freck, won the boys 14+ final against Bayer Levararchfile from Cumbernauld and Croy in North Lanarkshire

The Penicuik Stars, featuring twins Steve and Kyle Scott, Jason and Greg Kerr, brothers Callum and Kyle Mitchell, and Matthew Graham and Ryan Porteous took the Boys 12/13 title beating Kelloholm, from Kirkconnel, Dumfries and Galloway in their final.

The girls final was a local derby between two South Lanarkshire teams, with Burnbank, represented by Amy Bulloch, Samantha MacPherson, Danielle O’Neill, Zoe-Kate McCarney, Lisa McIntyre and Nicole Mooney, while Blantyre were Laura Gallen, Emma Baird, Karen Baillie, Lauren Hind, Theresa McGill and Erin Dickson beating Blantyre in a penalty shoot to take the title.

The Finals are the culmination of regular Midnight Leagues which the Coalfields Regeneration Trust in Scotland co-sponsors with the Bank of Scotland and are played, week in and week out in twenty Scottish coalfields areas.

The Midnight League programme is run by the Scottish FA in partnership with The Bank of Scotland, Coalfields Regeneration Trust, CashBack for Communities, local authorities and police forces.

The aim is to get young people off the street and onto the pitch, and last year over 10,000 people played Midnight League football at 70 venues across every local authority in Scotland.

Thompsons Personal Injury Solicitors has reinforced its commitment to former mining communities with a sponsorship package for midnight league football.

Thompsons Solicitors, Scotland’s leading trade union and personal injury specialist firm, will sponsor the Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s Midnight League Finals and the Home Internationals between midnight league teams from Scotland, England and Wales.

Thompsons Solicitors has made some hard hitting recommendations to the Thomson Review into the Rights of Audience in the Supreme Courts in Scotland.

The Review has been urged to ensure that the current practice of High Court Judges remaining member of the Faculty of Advocates after their appointment to the bench should cease.
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