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 how the new Corporate Homicide Act could focus employers' minds on improving health and safety at work.

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 came intoforce on 6 April 2008.

Its sponsors hope the Act's tough new penalties will lead to a greater focus on health and safety, and reduce workplace accidents and deaths. But critics say it would have been more effective if it had included powers to send company directors to jail.

The new Act applies to deaths resulting from the activities of companies, crown bodies, police forces, and large partnerships. In a year which marks the 20th anniversary of the Piper Alpha tragedy, where 167 oil workers died on an offshore oil platform, the new law represents a dramatic shift in the way workplace fatalities will be investigated and prosecuted.

Scottish companies can now be found guilty of Corporate Homicide as a result of serious management failures which represent a gross breach of their duty of care to employees.

They face fines that could run to a massive 10% of the company's annual turnover, and a 'publicity order' forcing them to publish details of their convictions and fines in national and local press. The damage to reputations could far outweigh any fine.

In 2006-2007 there were 24 workplace fatalities, while major injuries to workers amounted to a staggering 2,702 for the year.

A particular area which could see great change is that of road traffic accidents involving persons driving as part of their job.

This is an important area often ignored by employers in terms of compliance with the Working Time Regulations and putting in place driving policies and risk assessments.

It could only be a matter of time before a driving fatality leads to a Corporate Homicide investigation and possible prosecution.

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