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
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Scottish Conservative Local government spokeswoman, Margaret Mitchell MSP recently highlighted a range of examples where compensation had been paid out by Scottish Councils. Over the last five years local authorities have paid a total of £33 million in compensation spread across 13,000 claims.

The MSP has described the examples as falling within a range ‘…from the very serious to the utterly ridiculous.’ These examples included a man in Edinburgh who claimed £170,000 after a firework went off in his hand, a claim for property damage to garden ornaments by Council grass cutters and damage to a privately owned vehicle after it was struck by a Council vehicle.

Patrick McGuireMargaret Mitchell pointed to each of her carefully selected examples and further stated that ‘It is right when someone is injured, has their property damaged or is inconvenienced through no fault of their own, council should pay up quickly and efficiently.’ She does however go on to say ‘…the sheer amount of cash involved here really points to the compensation culture in which we live which is spiralling out of control.’

Thompsons Partner Patrick McGuire said: “These comments once again demonstrate the Government’s poor attitude towards victims of injury or damage. It would appear she is saying that if a claim is for a small sum of money it ought not to be made and that the loss, burden and inconvenience should be borne by the innocent victim of the Council’s negligence.

“In current economic times these are costs which cannot be expected to be placed upon the ordinary hard working person. One must ask why the Council is paying such sums of money and one would likely find that it is because they are bound by law to do so as a result of their negligence.”  

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