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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In a breakthrough decision for asbestos victims, the High Court in Liverpool has awarded damages to the family of a man who died from lung cancer on the grounds that he had been sufficiently exposed to asbestos in the course of his working life for asbestos to have contributed to his death.

The case is novel in that the deceased did not suffer from asbestosis which traditionally has been a requirement to establish that the lung cancer was connected to asbestos exposure. The Court focussed instead on how much exposure to asbestos there had been.

The judge also took into account that the victim had been a smoker and discounted the award by 15%. Nevertheless, previously, a smoking history may well have prevented the case form progressing at all in the absence of asbestosis, so this is another positive indication of a change in the Courts' approach.

Judgement of Mr Justice MacKay

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