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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Asbestos News

Frank MaguireThompsons Solicitors, the only law firm to represent individual clients at the Court of Session Judicial Review hearings on pleural plaques, has welcomed the Scottish Government’s decision to take on insurance companies over the issue.

 

Pleural Plaques Opinion - 12th April 2011                            Picture courtesy of the Daily Record

The discovery of deadly asbestos at the five-star Gleneagles Hotel should serve as a warning of its dangers to tradesmen everywhere says Thompsons Senior Partner Frank Maguire.

Thompsons Solicitors and asbestos campaigners have welcomed a judgment by the UK’ s supreme court reinforcing victims’ rights to compensation.

Thompsons Solicitors have warned that teachers are at risk of contracting deadly asbestos related diseases from our crumbling schools.

Mr Allan Bickle has recently died from mesothelioma which was caused by exposure to asbestos during his employment. His widow has received a substantial settlement from his former employer.

Chris Gordon Partner, Thompsons Personal Injury SolicitorsAn expert in occupational diseases has accused the offshore industry of ‘playing Russian roulette with workers lives,’ after a leading firm admitted placing workers at risk of exposure to radiation.

A man, who wants to remain anonymous, has recently received a large compensation payment after being diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of being exposed to asbestos at work. He had worked for APV Pasilik Limited for 5 years between 1960 and 1965.

An Edinburgh University study has warned that tiny particles used in the manufacture of everyday products from computers to shampoo can harm the lungs.

The Edinburgh team say manufacturers using nanoparticles should be aware of the risks that different types of nanoparticles pose to workers who handle them.

High Street retailer John Lewis was fined  £20,000 on November 9, after a court heard that around 15 workers could have been exposed to deadly asbestos while carrying out refurbishment work at the chain’s Edinburgh store.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court was told renovation work was being carried out over four days at the management suite of the John Lewis store at the city's St James Centre in July 2008.
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