Tim Weir, head of Thompsons private client department and an expert on personal tax issues, writes for The National newspaper giving his views on the UK government changes to inheritance tax in the budget. Tim argues that the changes make the system ever more complicated and amount effectively to a sleight of hand constructed by the Tory Government for their own partisan advantage.
A Thompsons client has received £6,750 after suffering an accident at work on 17 November 2012. Our client came to us through his union, who funded his claim.
The man fell whilst he was retrieving a parcel from a trailer in his workplace. He worked as a warehouse operative in a large delivery company. As he was closing the rear door of the trailer, the handle he was using to close the door snapped and he fell backwards off the trailer. There were breaches of the Provision in Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
Margaret Fulton came to Thompsons after suffering a fall at work. She works for the NHS as an Auxiliary Nurse. Mrs Fulton suffered serious injuries to her shoulder and knee after falling against a sink whilst caring for patients. Her fall had been caused by another member of staff leaving a television set in front of the sink thus causing a trip hazard.
One of Scotland’s most prominent lawyers who represents victims of the NHS contaminated blood scandal and those poisoned by the Edinburgh Legionnaires outbreak says residents affected by contaminated water supplies can sue Scottish Water.
Thompsons Solicitors were able to secure a highly successful outcome for our client who was badly injured in a fall caused by poorly maintained pavements. Our client who has asked not to be named was having a meal out in Glasgow’s Southside with friends. After her meal was finished she made her way home but tripped over a missing paving slab in the Battlefield area of the city. She fell badly injuring her hands and wrist. As a trade union member our client knew that she could call on Scotland most experienced team of personal injury lawyers at Thompsons. This service is included as part of her trade union membership.
This Thompsons client had a nasty fall and twisted his ankle after falling into a pothole. The accident occurred outside a Glasgow hospital but the local health board had failed to fix the problem and it was causing a considerable risk to patients and health workers alike. Thompsons contacted the health board and within 3 months a small settlement was worked out.
Commenting on the outcome the client said “To be honest I hadn’t really considered doing much about this and it was more about getting the healthboard to sit up and take notice that there was a huge hazard right outside one of their hospitals. It was a nasty fall and my ankle was swollen for some time but the main thing for me was they made the entrance safe. It seemed the only way to get the health board to move was to get the lawyers involved. Thompsons were polite and efficient. The whole thing was settled really quickly”
His Lawyer Laura McGee commented “Compared with most of the cases we handle this was a small one. But having said that the gentleman involved was concerned about a large pothole at the very entrance to a hospital and he was annoyed it had led to him having a very painful fall. We were able to secure him a small but fair level of compensation and were also able to focus the health board on their duty to make their building safe”
Thompsons are Scotland’s leading law firm representing people struck down by industrial disease. Whether it be an asbestos related disease, a vibration condition from using power tools or industrial hearing loss our specialist team of lawyers have years of experience in standing up for victims all over the country. The vast majority of the cases we take on end in a successful payout for our clients. Thompsons are also Scotland's leading trade union lawyers and as such we have a track record second to none when it comes to representing union members and their families.
Thompsons record on highlighting health and safety concerns is second to none. A good example of this is the help we’re currently offering to dozens of cyclist injured after becoming caught in tram lines. We’re representing these victims to ensure they are properly compensated for their injuries many of which are serious but more than that we want the city council to change the design of the tracks so no one else is injured. Stewart White from Thompsons is a lawyer who specialises in this type of injury. Here he talks to BBC Scotland about his cases and what the council can do to make things better.
Thompsons Partner and Scotland’s highest profile solicitor Patrick McGuire speaks with the Evening Times about families affected by a large explosion on a building site. Residents of Eaglesham village south of Glasgow tuned to Thompsons after their community was shaken by the huge explosion which took place on a nearby construction site.
Thompsons senior partner Syd Smith speaks to BBC Scotland about the myth peddled by the insurance industry of a compensation culture. Syd explains how this ruse is used by the well healed insurance industry to put off ordinary working people from seeking justice. The nonsense of the so called compensation culture is something Thompsons will never stop fighting against. It prevents ordinary people seeking justice and seeks to undermine all the gains that have been made over the years to improve health and safety.