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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Figures due next week are expected to reveal that the numbers of deaths related to C-Diff in Glasgow’s Gartnavel Hospital are rising.

It is anticipated that we will hear from the NHS that Gartnavel had 18 deaths directly attributable to C-diff in the last year alone and another 6 deaths where C-Diff was a contributing factor.  This figure is an increase on the 10 deaths recorded in the previous year as directly attributable to C-Diff.

Thompsons Solicitors pledged their support to the decision of the High Court in London which branded Corby Council in England “extensively negligent” for allowing the town’s steelworks to continually produce atmospheric pollution likened to an “atmospheric soup of toxic materials”.

Thompsons Solicitors have helped a client win compensation after calling a medical expert who convinced the Court of Session that he was suffering from asbstosis, and not an unrelated condition with similar effects.

A Sheriff has criticised Debenhams after a shop worker plunged to her death down a ‘pitch dark’ back staircase in their flagship Glasgow store.

Marie was found with severe head injuries at the foot of the staircase leading to the store’s loading bay, where she had gone to put a bag of rubbish into a compactor in February last year. She worked as food advisory assistant in the store’s third floor restaurant.

This past weekend saw 3 motorcyclists killed and a fourth injured in separate road traffic accidents across Scotland.

This followed 3 motorcycle deaths in the previous 2 weeks in the Highlands.

Thompsons Solicitors have welcomed the launch of Crown Office’s new health and safety division.  The new unit will have a remit of investigating high profile cases, such as that of The Flying Phantom tugboat disaster, with a view to making prosecutions.

Thompsons Solicitors’ clients, Derek and Lesley McIntosh have finally received an apology from the Army two years after their daughter Kaylee 14, died when an army cadet exercise she was on went tragically wrong.

Kaylee was trapped when a rigid inflatable boat capsized in stormy waters  after a catalogue of blunders which included overloading the boat, setting off in dangerous weather conditions, and failing to take a proper headcount of the cadets pitched into the water.  

The families of crewmen who died in the Flying Phantom tugboat tragedy have launched compensation actions against Clydeport which is responsible for safety on the River Clyde and the tug operator Denmark-based Svitzer Marine.

Frank Maguire, Senior Partner with Thompsons Solicitors said the families were taking the action out of a sense of  total frustration because there was no progress with an official inquiry into the tragedy, and Clydeport which is responsible for safety on the River Clyde had refused to implement key recommendations from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch report into the sinking.

Thompsons, who represented the families at the ICL Inquiry, welcomed the news that Lord Gill has passed his report to the Scottish Government and the DWP ahead of its publication later this month.

"…core participants (at the Inquiry) made clear that the process enabled them to gain a clear insight into what caused the explosion and that they feel that the truth of what happened has been exposed.

Reports coming out of Scotland’s health boards that there is a “widespread lack of clarity” regarding guidelines on C-Diff serves only to highlight the need for the full Public Inquiry into the outbreaks to commence expediently.

Thompsons Patrick McGuire, who will represent the families of victims at the Inquiry, noted:
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