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.

As always, for any concerns, advice and updates on your case; Talk to Thompsons.

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Serious and Fatal Injury

A Fatal Accident Inquiry is to be held after a man died while on remand in HM Kilmarnock Prison, the Crown Office has announced.

Paul Murdoch, who was 24, had been awaiting trial on a charge of attempted murder. Mr Murdoch, from Cumnock, was found hanging in his single cell in the privately-run jail on Saturday 8 May. His family have been informed, according to the SPS.

A waste management firm has been fined after a lorry driver of one of their vehicles was crushed and sustained fatal personal injuries at a landfill site. The tragic work place accident occurred on the Northamptonshire landfill site.

The lorry driver who sustained fatal personal injuries arrived at the landfill site to empty his lorry.  Due to wet weather and soft ground conditions, he required assistance from a bulldozer to get his lorry on to and off the tipping area.

The Health & Safety Executive brought a successful prosecution under Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 against Ashtead Plant Hire Company Limited who were found guilty and fined £200,000 following a fatal accident involving one of their employees.

An engineer died after falling 70 feet while he inspected a Scots railway viaduct. The man, believed to be in his forties, suffered fatal injuries after the cherry picker vehicle he was working from appears to have toppled while he was inspecting the viaduct at Stewarton in Ayrshire.

It is understood that he was working as a subcontractor to Network Rail. He was inspecting the viaduct from below using the cherry picker grounded on the road beneath Stewarton Viaduct when it appears to have toppled in to the river below. It is understood the man died at the scene.

It has been announced that a Fatal Accident Inquiry is to be held after the death of a teenager who was struck by a mini van during his milk round.  The road traffic accident occurred during the milk round in Lanark in June of last year.

Solicitor Advocate Patrick McGuire of Thompsons Solicitors has branded the death of a young Scottish soldier in a civil engineering accident in an Iraqi war zone as "one of the worst examples of a complete disregard for health and safety I have seen in my career.”

Thompsons represented Mrs Margaret Valentine who sued the Ministry of Defence after the death of her son Sapper Robert Thompson 22, of the Royal Engineers who was killed when a trench collapsed and buried him alive in the grounds of Basra Palace six years ago.

A Lithuanian worker has been killed in an accident whilst working at a firm that processes pet food ingredients.

It has been reported that a worker employed by Alba Proteins in Dumfries, was operating a digger when he was tragically fatally injured.

FAI for Cycling Champion's widowScottish Cycling Champion Jason McIntyre’s widow Caroline has said that police inquiries into his death ‘raised more questions than they answered.’

Mrs McIntyre 33, said: “I can’t believe I have had to fight so hard to try and find out what really happened to Jason.

A construction company, Marcob Administration Limited, has recently been fined £80,000 for breaches under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. 

An employee of the construction company tragically sustained fatal injuries when the digging arm of a mini digger crushed his head between the cab of the digger and the digging arm. The accident occurred when the employee, who was driving the mini digger, unintentionally moved a control inside the cab of the mini digger as he leaned out of the window.
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