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.

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Frankly Legal - rights of asbestos sufferers and their families to claim proper financial support

The Telegraph’s legal expert, Solicitor Advocate Frank Maguire of Thompsons Solicitors is an expert at winning compensation for clients and an advocate for the rights of the victims of injury and injustice.  This week he talks about how far we’ve come in securing the rights of asbestos sufferers and their families to claim proper financial support.  

The celebrations later this month to mark the 40th anniversary of the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders’ Work-in will be a great opportunity to celebrate and recognise our shipbuilding heritage up and down the Clyde.  While there is much to celebrate, it is also a chance to think of those who have passed away or are suffering from the dark legacy of asbestos that the shipyards left behind.

In that famous speech Jimmy Reid said” It is our responsibility to conduct ourselves with responsibility, with dignity and with maturity”.  For a number of those ship workers who rallied behind Jimmy’s words, the legacy of asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma haunts them today.

It is our responsibility as a society that everything is done to recognise their dignity and right to justice in their battle with the dark legacy of asbestos.

In Scotland great advances have been made in recognising the right to compensation for sufferers of asbestos-related diseases and their families.  The Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Act 2007 and Damages (Scotland) Act 2011 are just two examples of Scotland’s commitment to making sure that the victims and their families get the support they need to help them through such a tragic time.  Pleural plaques sufferers could also be entitled to better support if the Supreme Court next month rejects the insurance industry’s attempts to block legislation on the issue.

We have come a long way in this fight for justice.  It took some determined campaigning to make the governments of the day stand up and take notice and there will be many more campaigns to come.  But it is important to welcome that solicitors across Scotland can now say to more asbestos victims and their families than ever: “You are not alone.  You are entitled to support”. 

Forty years after Jimmy Reid's speech we can say that Scotland has achieved a more responsible, dignified and mature legal system which better respects the rights of asbestos sufferers.   

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