Thompsons Press Releases

Thompsons is Scotland’s leading law firm campaigning on health and safety issues.  So we’re absolutely delighted to be teaming up with road safety charity BRAKE to engage young people throughout Scotland on safe driving. We’ll be taking the message into schools across the country, working to cut the number of young lives needlessly cut short and prevent life-changing serious injuries.

Thompsons partner Andrew Henderson is head of the Firm’s Serious and Fatal Injuries Unit. His team of lawyers represent 31 Clutha victims caught up in the tragedy when a police helicopter crashed on to the Clutha pub in Glasgow city centre on November 29th last year.

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Patrick McGuire, PartnerMy name is Patrick McGuire, I'm a partner with Thompsons Solicitors and the lawyer representing the families at this inquiry which examined events at the  Vale of Leven Hospital during the outbreak of  C. Difficile that began 2007.

Employment Lawyer GlasgowThompsons Solicitors are pleased to announce that David Martyn and Roz Galloway have been promoted to Associates. David  within the firm’s employment department and Roz with the firm’s Aberdeen Office.   Both Roz and David began as trainees with Thompsons,  David in 2009 and Roz  in 2006.

 Thompsons Solicitors, Scotland’s leading employment law specialists, have always been at the fore-front of defending the employment rights of men and women across the country. Often working in tandem with the trade union movement Thompsons have an unsurpassed record in holding bosses to account and making sure that employees rights are upheld. An excellent example of this is the recent case of Alan Blue who needed Thompsons help after he was dismissed by the Food Standards Agency.

Andrew Henderson, Glasgow LawyerThompsons Solicitors, Scotland’s leading health and safety law firm, has long campaigned for improvements to the countries Fatal Accident Inquiry system. No case highlights deficiencies in the current system more than the tragic sinking of the Flying Phantom. The tug boat sank in the river Clyde in December 2007 and 3 crew members lost their lives. But as yet there has still been no FAI into these tragic circumstances. The Crown Office mounted a criminal prosecution of the boat’s owners and the port authority Clydeport over what they said were breaches of Health and Safety Law. As Clydeport went to the High Court in Edinburgh to plead guilty to the charges against them, Andrew Henderson, a partner with Thompsons who represented the families of the men spoke to BBC online about the case and the need for urgent reform of the FAI system.

Thompsons Solicitors Scotland have an unmatched record when it comes to campaigning for justice on behalf of families across Scotland. The cases where we represent parents caught up in the Baby Ashes Scandals are a very good example of this. Lawyers from Thompsons led by Patrick McGuire and Lindsay Bruce are acting on behalf of hundreds of parents across Scotland who are seeking justice and answers from the authorities. An important part of this campaign is working with the media to ensure that people’s stories are heard. That’s why Thompsons is very happy to work with newspapers like the Glasgow Evening Times. Lindsay Bruce along with Mums and Dads from Glasgow met with the Times to tell their story.  

It was a successful night for Thompsons Solicitors at this year’s Scottish Law Awards. The firm picked up two prestigious awards, Litigation Team of the Year and Legal Personality of the Year.

In awarding the prize for Litigation Team  of the year the Judges, chaired by Hector MacQueen of the Scottish Law commission, were impressed by the work Thompsons have done in the North Sea Helicopter fatal accident Inquiry, Pleural Plaques litigation and mass litigation on a local scale helping people affected by a HIV scare at a dental practice in Ayrshire.

Craig SmillieThompsons are the leading law firm in Scotland fighting for the rights of asbestos victims and their families. The horrendous health problems caused by exposure to asbestos cause terrible pain and loss to many families across the country. For decades Thompsons has been at the forefront of helping these families. In a recent landmark case at the Court of Session in Edinburgh Thompsons helped the McCarn family get justice for their dad John. John who was exposed to asbestos while working in the Clyde shipyards died at the age of 69. Had it not been for his exposure to asbestos doctors say John would have lived till his late 90s. The McCarns and their lawyer from Thompsons, Craig Smillie, spoke to the Glasgow Evening Times about the case and dangers posed by asbestos.

One of Thompsons Personal Injury Solicitors Scotland most prominent lawyers, Lindsay Bruce, talks to the Glasgow Evening Times about her work with the parents seeking justice in the baby ashes scandal. This is an issue that has affected many families  across Scotland and Lindsay has been helping the parents involved since the scandal broke. As she discusses in her interview it can often be very emotional for everybody involved but both she and the parents are determined the whole truth about what happened  is made public. 

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