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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A Rochdale company has been fined £140,000 after an employee was crushed to death by a 1.5 tonne pallet of bags. Abel Lages, 38, was a cleaner at TS (UK) Ltd and died at the scene as a result of severe injury when a wooden pallet containing 55 bags of polypropylene fell on him whilst he swept around them, causing fatal crush injuries. The accident happened in 2005. The bags featured labelling with instructions on how they should be correctly stored, but this advice was ignored.

A worker at the Eshiels Community Recycling Depot was injured after an accident at work. The accident at work took place on 8 June at the recycling centre just south of Peebles, which is run by the Scottish Borders Council.

James Pearson, 55, was directing a lorry carrying a skip, when the skip fell from its moorings and trapped him against a steel door. The lorry driver was able to lift the skip off Mr Pearson using the lorry, but by this time Mr Pearson had already sustained serious chest injuries. Work colleagues took Mr Pearson to the hospital, as the local ambulance crew were dealing with another life-threatening incident in the area. He was initially taken to the Hay Lodge Hospital in Peebles, but was later transferred to Borders General Hospital.

A taxi driver who received inadequate treatment in hospital after being stabbed in the neck has won compensation worth several million pounds from the NHS.

In May 2003 Leslie Dye was stabbed in the neck by a customer. Following the horrific attack, he was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Essex to be treated for his injuries. Hospital staff performed a scan, but did not spot a bleed on the brain. Mr Dye suffered a cardiac arrest, and as a result has been left with a serious brain injury.

The owner of a farm has been fined £1600 and ordered to pay £1400 in costs after a part time worker on the farm suffered severe personal injury whilst using a chainsaw. Mr Dennis, 49, from Middleton, near Saxmundham, was cutting back an overgrown hedge when the accident happened in October 2009.

The Road Safety Foundation has just produced a report which confirms that Scotland has the highest average risk rating for road traffic accidents in the whole of the UK.

Scotland accounts for 25% of the total length of road surveyed for the report and has the highest risk motorway and road network of all the British regions with12 % rated in the higher risk categories.

The BBC has reported that £11 million compensation has been awarded to the victims of the July 7th bomb attacks on London from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. The victims who have received compensation were injured when four suicide bombers detonated bombs in London.

A Fatal Accident Inquiry has criticised a leading private hospital in an investigation into the death of a drug addict.

Kieran Nichol was admitted to Castle Craig Hospital, a leading private rehabilitation clinic located in the Borders, in 2005 for a valium addiction. He discharged himself in October, but on 9 December was readmitted. He died two days later.

An elderly farmer has died as in accident involving a tractor in rural Perthshire. Neil Abercrombie was crushed after the tractor, that he was driving, rolled down a slope in a field in the Pitlowe area of Glencarse on Monday 5th July 2010.

By the time the 70 year old was freed from the wreckage, emergency services were unable to revive him.

A teenager has received a sentence of 100 hours’ community service and a one year driving ban after causing a road traffic accident in which his passenger was killed.

18 year old Daniel Evans from Wales died, and two other passengers were severely injured during the accident which happened in earlier this year in February.

A farmer who caused a fatal car accident when the trailer he was towing became detached from his tractor has been jailed to two years. Alister Clark, 58, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh.

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