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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The Telegraph's legal expert, Solicitor Advocate Frank Maguire of Thompsons Solicitors specialises in winning compensation for clients in personal injury cases. This week he explains why much maligned Health and Safety legislation is a vital part of workers' rights.

It is likely at some point in the last few years you will have heard a story of what would seem to be an example of 'health and safety gone mad'.

Stories of children being banned from playing conkers in school and firemen's poles having to be removed due to the risk of firemen piling up on top of each other are extreme examples and exaggerated by folklore.

So where is the balance between living and working safely and walking around wrapped in cotton wool?

Firstly we must recognise that people have to face difficult choices in their working lives and that it is possible to provide them with the right equipment and the right training, so that sensible, balanced decisions can be taken.

The basis of British health and safety law is the Health and Safety at WorkAct 1974. The Act sets out the general duties which employers have towards employees and members of the public, and employees have to themselves and to each other.

These duties are qualified in the Act by the principle of 'so far as is reasonablypracticable'. In other words, an employer does not have to take measures to avoid or reduce the risk if they are technically impossible or if the time, trouble or cost of the measures would be grossly disproportionate to the risk.

Every year, around two and a half million people are injured or made ill because of work. While this number will never be zero almost all work-related illness is avoidable, most of it through forward planning and good safety practices.

If you have been injured at work it is important to contact a solicitor who specialises in health and safety law.

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