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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Jade Goody’s family have received £35,000 compensation in an out of court settlement in relation to a court action that was raised over photographs taken at the reality star’s private burial.

Seven family members were claiming the compensation as they claimed that the photograph was an invasion of privacy and a breach of confidence.  Although the funeral was very much a public affair, The People newspaper published a photograph showing a group of mourners at Goody’s burial which was supposed to be a private event.

In the recent case of Teviotdale v Norwich Union Insurance Ltd, involving a road traffic accident Norwich Union Insurance company were ordered by a Sheriff to pay compensation to Mrs Teviotdale and were ordered to pay Mrs Teviotdale’s Solicitors more legal expenses than would normally be expected.

Customers in the UK who were affected by the collapse of the internet arm of Icelandic bank, Landsbanki, have one final chance to claim compensation for lost savings.

After the collapse the UK government stepped in and guaranteed that the funds of British savers would be safe.  However approximately 1,600 savers have not yet claimed the compensation that they are entitled to.

There is fresh concern that the laws concerning the working hours of professional drivers are out of date and poorly enforced.

Trade Union the TUC warned that recent research shows that many bus, van and coach drivers take fewear breaks than people with office jobs.  This is a worry for a profession that requires constant concentration for the sake of safety.

Beryl Rushton has been paid £240,000 compensation for a holiday illness claim.  It is thought that this is the highest award of compensation that has been paid out by a tour operator for a holiday illness claim.

A fatal accident inquiry is to be held after a teenager died whilst on an adventure holiday in Dumfries in Galloway in 2006.  The accident happened whilst 15 year old Laura McDairmant from Carlisle lost her life after falling onto rocks.

A drama teacher is claiming £800,000 in compensation after she was given a “nightmare” class which made her so ill that she had to take time off work.

The teacher is suing Argyll and Bute Council for compensation at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.  She is alleging that the council have been negligent and that their negligence has caused her to suffer psychological injury. 

Giles School in Lincolnshire has been fined £19,000 after a pupil lost eight fingers during an art class.

The school admitted breaching health and safety laws and also failed to report the incident to the Health and Safety Executive.  The 16 year old pupil was attempting to make a sculpture during the class, which was part of her course in art and design when the accident happened.

A couple have been awarded £160,000 in compensation after their son suffered fatal brain damage.  The compensation was awarded following critical delays by staff at the birth.

Midwives at the University Hospital of Wales, failed to spot that the unborn baby was in distress.

Superglass, an insulation company based in Stirling, has been fined £20,000 for health and safety lapses after a worker had an accident on site.

The employee, Fraser Adams, fell more than 10 feet when he was knocked from an unguarded walkway by a hose.  He was not wearing a harness.  As a result of the accident he sustained an injury to his face as he fell onto the concrete floor and hit his face on a skip.
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