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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Accident at Work

Another trade union member has benefited from the expertise of specialist union lawyers Thompsons. Nursing auxiliary and Unison member Linda Mitchell secured £50,000 in compensation after an accident at work caused injury to her shoulder and neck.

John Brown a groundsman claimed compensation with the help of a personal injury solicitor based at Thompsons solicitors in England and his trade union Unison.

Syd Smith, Senior PartnerLawyers who represented victims of the Piper Alpha disaster, Thompsons Solicitors, have voiced their concern after a series of serious incidents on Scotland’s rigs in recent months. 

Hundreds of Scots killed in accidents or suffering from fatal diseases acquired in the workplace each year will benefit from new rights that come into force today (Thursday).

The Damages (Scotland) Act 2011, passed by the Scottish Parliament in March, overhauls the current system and provides a fair level of compensation in cases of wrongful death without the need for unnecessarily long and distressing court cases.

Two companies have been fined over £600,000 in total following the ‘entirely preventable’ deaths of two men who were asphyxiated trying to rescue a colleague from the hold of a barge.

The men, Robert MacDonald from Appin and Maarten Den Heijer from Oban died in May 2009 when they went into the hold of the barge on Loch Creran near Oban and collapsed from the dangerously low oxygen levels.

Thompsons Solicitors have helped a machine operator whose hands were drenched in coolant at work win £50,000 compensation after developing a skin condition that means he can’t use washing up liquid or shampoo.

Chris Gordon SolicitorWorking on a farm has overtaken construction, mining and fishing as the most dangerous job in the country. 

Now Thompsons Partner Chris Gordon of Thompsons Aberdeen has urged farm workers to become more safety conscious in a bid to cut the industry’s appalling accident rate.

Thompsons Solicitors partner in Aberdeen Chris Gordon has welcomed a health and safety clampdown on the North Sea’s ageing oil platforms.

A 42 year old man has been awarded a compensation payment following an injury which he sustained at work. He had been working as a concrete pump operator when the accident occurred.

A postal worker has recently received a compensation payout after being diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Mr Fletcher had worked in the mail sorting room at the time.

He had worked in this position for 10 years, from 1999 until 2009. The nature of his job was very repetitive and involved sorting letters and parcels into different piles depending on where they were being sent. He would then distribute these piles of mail into different bags or cages depending on their weight. He did this every day that he worked and he normally worked around 44 hours a week.
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