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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Botox is the show biz beauty treatment that helps stars like Nicole Kidman, Kylie Minogue and even Simon Cowell stay looking young. But hundreds of Scots are finding themselves in hospital following Botox that’s gone wrong. At present people can undergo the treatment in high-street beauty salons for less than £300 pounds.

Patrick McGuire, PartnerThompsons Solicitors is today (Wednesday) renewing its calls for a full public inquiry into the baby ash scandal in Scotland. The Scottish Government has announced it intends to review the legislation around cremations in a bid to prevent a repeat of what happened at Mortonhall and other crematoria across the country.

After learning of the sad death of Dr Campbell Christie CBE - former general secretary of the STUC and president of the SCDI, partner at Thompsons Solicitors, Patrick McGuire, said:

"Today the Scottish Trade Union movement has lost a giant.

A recent report by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has highlighted the dangers of using quad bikes, or All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) on Scotland's farms.

The HSE carried out an intensive inspection and found that almost two thirds were not using the vehicles in a safe manner. They issued 10 improvement notices for a lack of head protection, one for poor vehicle maintenance and 25 for using ATVs without appropriate training.

An employee ended up in hospital after a gas leak from a chlorine tank at a swimming pool. The incident occurred at the David Lloyd club in Aberdeen. The 23-year-old member of staff was taken to hospital after concern he may have inhaled chemical fumes. He was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, where he was treated for minor chest discomfort.

A pedestrian who was hurt in a road traffic accident is to be awarded compensation from a Council who failed to trim some bushes on a central reservation.

The lady from Dalston in North London was struck by a taxi whilst attempting to cross the road.  At the time of the accident the traffic lights were not in her favour.  At the first court hearing she was held to be at fault for the road traffic accident.

A Ross-shire woman who had aspirations to become a model, was left in a wheelchair when her footballer boyfriend, John Catto caused a road traffic accident after he crashed the car she was travelling as a passenger in on the Black Isle in March 2006.

Road Traffic Accident Injury Compensation ClaimsJohn Catto, a footballer with Ross County, was alleged to have been racing Steven Skinner a former apprentice at the club on the A832 Avoch to Munlochy near Roskill at the time of the road traffic accident. It was alleged that they had been racing each other, driving at speeds of 80 to 90mph on narrow roads when Catto lost control of his car causing it to leave the road. Miss Davis, suffered severe spinal injuries causing her to lose the use of her legs, a broken pelvis, head injuries and major chest trauma including a collapsed lung.

An 89-year-old woman was injured in a road traffic accident in Airdrie at 1.45pm on Monday. She was hit by a single-decker bus in Stirling Street near to Broomknoll Street and was taken to Monklands District General Hospital, where she was treated for head injuries. However she died later as a result of her serious injuries. One onlooker said the sound of the impact was ‘like two cars crashing together’. The driver of the bus was uninjured but very shaken. Police cordoned off the scene and took statements from witnesses.

Where there is an existing disease at the time of the road traffic accident, the insurer does not need to pay out under an accident insurance policy, a recent Court of Session case has held.

A mechanic has died after sustaining a serious head injury at work. Martyn Massie, 24, was injured at work by an explosion at Pitmachie Garage in Aberdeenshire on 18 June. Early reports suggest that an oil container exploded, and that Mr Massie was using cutting equipment at the time of the accident. Mr Massie was flown by air ambulance to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after the incident, but later died on Saturday morning as a result of his injuries.

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