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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Thompsons Solicitors Scotland
Thompsons Solicitors Scotland

The Telegraph’s legal expert, Solicitor Advocate Frank Maguire of Thompsons Solicitors is an expert at winning compensation for clients in personal injury cases. This week he spells out how a new Scottish law will simplify court proceedings for personal injury and wrongful death victims.

I am delighted to welcome a new law which the Scottish Parliament has just passed which will limit lengthy legal wrangling over damages claims for personal injury and wrongful deaths.

The Damages (Scotland) Bill will affect hundreds of people every year including those who die from asbestos related cancers like mesothelioma, which still blight Inverclyde from its shipbuilding past.

The bill overhauls the current system and provides a fair method of calculating compensation in cases of personal injury and wrongful death which should reduce the need for unnecessarily long and distressing court cases.

The new legislation means families will no longer have details of their income and expenditure scruitinised and argued over in court in their darkest hour.

Not only was that intrusive and stressful, it often led to the situation where the deceased’s family was deemed to have suffered little or no loss because it took into account the surviving partner’s income.

I am proud to have been able to help MSP Bill Butler frame this groundbreaking piece of legislation.

The new Act clarifies, simplifies and modernises the law of damages for wrongful death.  It is a positive step forward for victims and their families and Bill Butler is to be congratulated for raising it and helping steer it through Parliament.

It is also a testimony to the Scottish Parliamentary system which means that, as in this case, it only takes one MSP to identify an issue to set in train the legal process to change the law.

In Westminster MPs have to win a ballot for the right to insitigate legislation.

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