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It was a successful night for Thompsons Solicitors at this year’s Scottish Law Awards. The firm picked up two prestigious awards, Litigation Team of the Year and Legal Personality of the Year.

In awarding the prize for Litigation Team  of the year the Judges, chaired by Hector MacQueen of the Scottish Law commission, were impressed by the work Thompsons have done in the North Sea Helicopter fatal accident Inquiry, Pleural Plaques litigation and mass litigation on a local scale helping people affected by a HIV scare at a dental practice in Ayrshire.

Craig SmillieThompsons are the leading law firm in Scotland fighting for the rights of asbestos victims and their families. The horrendous health problems caused by exposure to asbestos cause terrible pain and loss to many families across the country. For decades Thompsons has been at the forefront of helping these families. In a recent landmark case at the Court of Session in Edinburgh Thompsons helped the McCarn family get justice for their dad John. John who was exposed to asbestos while working in the Clyde shipyards died at the age of 69. Had it not been for his exposure to asbestos doctors say John would have lived till his late 90s. The McCarns and their lawyer from Thompsons, Craig Smillie, spoke to the Glasgow Evening Times about the case and dangers posed by asbestos.

One of Thompsons Personal Injury Solicitors Scotland most prominent lawyers, Lindsay Bruce, talks to the Glasgow Evening Times about her work with the parents seeking justice in the baby ashes scandal. This is an issue that has affected many families  across Scotland and Lindsay has been helping the parents involved since the scandal broke. As she discusses in her interview it can often be very emotional for everybody involved but both she and the parents are determined the whole truth about what happened  is made public. 

Patrick McGuire, PartnerPatrick McGuire from Thompsons has highlighted growing concerns after a dentist based in Paisley was struck off for lying about his HIV status. The case has led to thousands of people in the town having to undergo blood tests. Many who have undergone the blood test will be able to claim compensation for having been put through the ordeal.

Thompsons client - Lee-Anne GerryThompsons Client Lee-Anne Gerry talks about her case against a private crematorium after her daughters ashes were improperly disposed of.

Thompsons are at the forefront of campaigning to reform the Fatal Accident Inquiry System in Scotland. Over the years we have represented many families whose loved ones have lost their lives through accidents at their work or elsewhere. We are passionate about the need to put these victims at the heart of FAI system and continue to work with all political parties and the Scottish Government to achieve this.

The legal team representing hundreds of dental patients in Ayrshire has revealed that the dentist at the centre of a HIV scare re-used gloves with multiple patients and didn’t bother cleaning instruments from one patient to the next. Using a freedom of information request to NHS Ayrshire and Arran, Thompsons Solicitors have discovered that Millbank and Drongan dental Surgeries, both owned and operated by dentist Alan Morrison, routinely used dirty dental instruments.

Families in Aberdeen affected by the baby ashes scandal have reacted with horror after learning of very serious allegations regarding practices at the city’s Hazelhead crematorium.

A statement from chief executive Angela Scott makes clear that the allegations involve the joint cremation of adult and babies. If these allegations are found to be true it would be an extremely disturbing development in the ongoing baby ashes scandal at Hazelhead.

Frank Maguire memorial award winner

John Morgan,  a law graduate who has recently completed an internship at the Scottish Parliament has won the inaugural Frank Maguire Memorial Award.  The award was set up in the memory of Frank, who was senior partner at Thompsons Solicitors and was one Scotland’s foremost lawyers campaigning for legal reform.  He spent his entire career fighting for the victims of industrial diseases and for those killed or injured in the workplace.

Kerry Johnson whose mother Joy Robson was killed in last year’s Snowman Rally in Inverness has called on the Crown office to act now and set up Fatal Accident Inquiries into her mother’s accident and the recent deaths at the Jim Clark Rally in the Borders.

Mrs Robson who was fifty and from Portree on the Isle of Skye was killed after being hit by a competing car as she watched the rally in February last year. An eight year old boy was also struck but survived. Joy’s daughter Kerry who was absolutely horrified by the recent deaths at the Jim Clark Rally has spoken out about the lack of safety measures at these events and the need for the Crown Office to properly investigate the fatalities through an FAI.
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