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Brake Road Safety Training Scotland’s award-winning personal injury firm, Thompsons Solicitors, has teamed up with road safety charity “Brake” to improve the help they give to the families of those killed on Scotland’s roads. 

The firm will today undertake a series of training sessions with the charity aimed at providing the most empathetic service to families bereaved by road crashes.  The expert sessions covering the emotional and practical impact road crashes have on bereaved families will help the firm provide “a fully supportive legal service” according to its partner Patrick McGuire.

The course comes during Road Safety Week and, through a series of talks and workshops, will provide a real insight into the emotional struggle as well as the huge number of practical considerations that people who lose a loved one have to go through.  The sessions will also help to equip lawyers with the necessary skills to support bereaved families during the legal process which can be a daunting experience for those who have lost a loved one.

Solicitors from the firm’s two specialist services for motorcyclists and cyclists – Motorcycle Law Scotland and Cycle Law Scotland - are also taking part in the training session.

Partner at the firm, Patrick McGuire, said:

“At Thompsons Solicitors, clients are at the heart of everything we do.  Our work is about people and not just the law.  That’s why we’ve started offering specialist services to motorcyclists and cyclists through Motorcycle Law Scotland and Cycle Law Scotland and we constantly strive to improve the services we offer our clients.  

“We are grateful to Brake for providing this important training session.  We are fully committed to providing a fully supportive legal service and this really helps our ability to do just that.

“Losing a loved one in a road traffic accident is an extremely traumatic experience so it’s vital that lawyers understand what families are going through at such a difficult time.

“Road Safety Week is a key time to reflect upon what we can all do to prevent accidents and improve support for the victims of road accidents and their families. 

“Brake are a fantastic charity and we are delighted to support their work.”

Rosie Murray MBE, who is running the training on behalf of Brake, said:

“It is incredibly important that solicitors helping those bereaved by road crashes understand as fully as possible what they are going through. 

“There is the shock, trauma and grief of losing a loved one, but there are also a huge number of practical strains like arranging the funeral, childcare if the primary carer has died or organ donation.  An empathetic, professional relationship is required by solicitors to handle such cases effectively and sensitively. 

“We are very happy to be working with Thompsons Solicitors to help them deliver the best possible service to their clients.”

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