Thompsons Press Releases

Scottish campaigners have welcomed proposals which will provide stricter controls on the use of medical devices in EU member states. The changes are designed to provide greater protection for patients and are being implemented in the wake of a number of recent health scandals.

Members of the European Parliament have this week amended draft legislation which includes stricter monitoring and better traceability. Under the new rules tens of thousands of medical devices will now be subject to rigorous scrutiny before they are deemed safe for public consumption. The changes also allow for random testing and factory audits as well as more regular monitoring by authorities.

An award winning employment law firm is warning that new legislation coming into force at the beginning of next month (Tuesday 1st October) could result in a worrying increase in accidents and even deaths in the workplace. Under the new law the rights of Scottish workers will be reduced significantly leaving them exposed and vulnerable in the workplace, according to Thompsons Solicitors.

Debate today in Parliament on safety of offshore oil and gas workers

Scottish Government Ministers are today (Thursday) being urged to back legislative proposals that could provide much needed reform of the Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) process. Thompsons Solicitors is backing trade union calls for the legislation to be fast tracked ahead of a Parliamentary debate sparked by the latest offshore helicopter tragedy.

Thompsons pick up coveted Law Firm of the Year title

Thompsons has secured another three accolades at the coveted Law Awards of Scotland 2013. The firm is delighted to have been named Firm of the Year, Employment Firm of the Year and Solicitor of the Year at the ceremony last night (Thursday) at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel.

Richard Baker MSP has today (Friday) backed calls by the Unite union, supported by Thompsons Solicitors, for an emergency debate in Holyrood on offshore health. The Labour member for the North East region has tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament which he will be urging MSPs to support to allow the issue to be discussed as soon as possible.

Chris Gordon, PartnerThompsons Solicitors is backing calls by Unite urging the Scottish Government to support the fast-track of Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) reforms and for an emergency Scottish Parliamentary debate into offshore health and safety following Friday’s fatal helicopter crash.

Chris GordonFamilies of 2009 Super Puma crash offer condolences to families of latest accident victims.

Thompsons Solicitors has opened a free legal advice line for victims of the Shetland helicopter crash. The law firm has been advising victims and trade unions with regards to a fatal accident inquiry following the 2009 Super Puma crash which killed 16 people. The firm is now offering its expertise to the victims of this latest tragedy.

Wednesday 7th August, 6pm at the Douglas Hotel, 43-45 Market Street, Aberdeen

Chris GordonBereaved parents in Aberdeen involved in the recent baby ashes scandal are being urged to attend a public meeting this week.

Public consultation on Inquiries into Deaths (Scotland) Bill opens

Patrick McGuire, PartnerLabour MSP Patricia Ferguson is today (Friday) holding a press conference in Glasgow to launch a public consultation on a members’ Bill which aims to radically overhaul Scotland’s controversial FAI system. The Inquiries into Deaths (Scotland) Bill aims to create a system for investigating sudden and accidental deaths which is fit for purpose; allowing for a thorough investigation; and subsequently allowing for lessons to be learned from the death.

Thompsons Solicitors open free helpline following asbestos dump at Bingham youth centre

Scotland’s leading law firm dealing with asbestos related disease has opened a free legal advice helpline for families worried about the risks from asbestos dumped near an Edinburgh community centre.
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