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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Compensation Claims News

Riding schools have been advised to be on the ball when it comes to no win no fee claims. Riding schools are being recommended to make sure they have the correct liability insurance to deal with any no win no fee claims made.

It has been reported that £650,000 was paid in compensation to teachers after compensation claims were made on their behalf in 2011. Personal Injury Solicitors brought Personal Injury Claims for the teachers in relation to illnesses brought on by stress, injuries caused by assaults by pupils, and injuries caused by a range of other accidents and incidents.

It has been reported that a former police officer will receive compensation for being imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. A claim for compensation has been raised on the police officers behalf.

The police officer was a traffic officer and was dismissed after he was found guilty of handling stolen parts. He served half of an 18 month jail term.

Charities have recently spoken out about the proposed reforms to no win no fee agreements and the impact the reforms will have over human rights abuses. Oxfam, Amnesty International, CAFOD and other NGO’s have stated that the proposed restructuring of no win no fee agreements will prevent some victims being able to pursue claims against multinational corporations as such actions will be financially unviable.

An article this week released by an Access to Justice Action Group, dismissed the compensation culture claims of the government. The group’s coordinator stated that no win no fee agreements are one of the only routes low and middle-income people could pursue a claim for compensation. He highlighted that low and middle-income people would not be able to afford to pursue claims for compensation without no win no fee arrangements.

In New Zealand today it has been reported that the after looking at statistics for Christmas accidents it has been found that the Christmas ham was responsible for some horrible injuries.

The compensation claims submitted for accidents relating to the Christmas ham included a number of carving accidents, neck strains and knee strains from carrying large and heavy Christmas hams.  One person suffered a nasty crush injury to their finger when the Christmas ham toppled from its metal stand.

A doctor was recently awarded £4.5 million following a compensation claim for workplace discrimination and trauma. The hospital consultant won a compensation claim against the NHS trust where she worked.

It has been reported that the Law Commission has said that legislation should be changed so that in England and Wales an insurers priority is to make payment in valid claims for compensation within a reasonable time.

Residents in Middlesex have won a legal case against Thames Water Utilities Limited in relation to odour nuisance. The residence pursued a claim on a no win no fee basis.

A Judge at the High Court recently found in favour of the residents. The residents who suffered due to odour being omitted and mosquitoes sought compensation. The residents also sought an injunction to stop such nuisance in the future.

Rory McPherson, Employment LawyerLeading Scottish Law Firm, Thompsons Solicitors, whose Employment Rights Unit handle a number of equal pay cases, have called for meaningful action to be taken to tackle pay inequality in the workplace after a report revealed that male executives in Scotland are paid on average £10,000 more than their female colleagues. 

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