Thompsons Press Releases

Bereaved parent says council response is ’complete and utter nonsense’

Patrick McGuire, PartnerThompsons Solicitors has described a report published today (Monday) examining the disposal of infant remains at Hazelhead Crematorium as “woefully inadequate”.

The First Minister, the Right Honourable Alex Salmond will tomorrow (Thursday) meet with parents who have been affected by the baby ashes scandal.

A group of parents from across Scotland who were denied the ashes of their deceased babies from crematoria will meet the First Minister to make their case for a public inquiry. The First Minister has agreed to hear first hand in a private meeting the experiences of parents who recently found out that their children’s ashes were scattered or discarded without their knowledge.

Bereaved parents fighting for a public inquiry into the recent baby ashes scandal are to take pictures of their deceased children to the Scottish Parliament in a bid to provoke Ministers into taking action. 

Patrick McGuire, SolicitorParents from the Glasgow Answers for Ashes Parents (GAAP) campaign group have asked MSPs to attend a meeting in the Scottish Parliament being hosted by Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont MSP. Parents from across central Scotland as well as representatives from Mortonhall Ashes Action Committee will speak directly to elected members to make their case for a full public inquiry to investigate the disposal of babies’ ashes from crematoria in Scotland.

Patrick McGuire, PartnerThe Scottish Conservatives have pledged their support to campaigners calling for a public inquiry into the baby ashes scandal. Party leader Ruth Davidson will today (Wednesday) meet with bereaved parents to discuss pushing the Scottish Government to commit to a full inquiry into the recent scandal.

Thompsons Solicitors say heavy handed changes to courts spells trouble

Thompsons Solicitors has warned of dire consequences as a result of today’s (Tuesday) failed attempt to halt the closure of ten sheriff courts and seven justice of the peace courts in Scotland.

The Scottish Government has confirmed that individuals involved in the retention of baby ashes at crematoria across Scotland will not be expected to give evidence to the Commission.

The revelation came through a series of written parliamentary questions tabled by Shadow Health Minister Jackie Baillie MSP, which also questioned the Government on issues around a public inquiry and policies on handling ashes and cremated remains. The Scottish Government recently announced a Commission would be set up to examine legislation around crematoria following the baby ash scandal which came to light in December last year.

Victims of the PIP implant scandal have today (Friday) expressed disgust after the month long trial of PIP boss Jean Claude Mas ended with a deferred verdict. The founder of the French company behind the flawed breast implants has been on trial charged with fraud and causing involuntary injury. The trial which was due to conclude today has now deferred reaching a verdict until 10 December 2013.

Thompsons Solicitors has welcomed the appointment of the Right Hon Lord Bonomy to chair the independent commission into infant cremation and the disposal of ashes in Scotland.

Patrick McGuire, PartnerThe Scottish Government announced it would be setting up the commission in the wake of the baby ash scandal which saw hundreds of parents denied the ashes of their babies at crematoria across the country.

An independent review by NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh into cosmetic interventions has revealed systematic failings which could have contributed to the scale of the PIP breast implant scandal.

The review published today (Wednesday) highlighted a lack of data in relation to cosmetic procedures and described the PIP implants as a “data free zone”. The review is calling for a register for people who carry out cosmetic procedures to ensure information is more readily available and to enable problems such as those experienced by the PIP victims to be identified more quickly.

Andrew Henderson, PartnerThe families of the victims of the Flying Phantom tug boat deaths have welcomed the announcement that two companies have been indicted for trial at the High Court.

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