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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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.

A story appeared on BBC news recently which highlights the failings of companies to properly recognise the dangers of asbestos.  Angus Group Ltd, an asbestos removal firm, was fined £109,000 when it failed to adequately carry out the proper risk assessments before beginning asbestos removal work during the demolition of a primary school in Lincoln. 

A jury has decided that the bus operator Bluebird Buses Ltd, which is a subsidiary of Stagecoach, must pay substantial damages to a former school pupil injured in a bus crash in October 2010.

Cheryl Forbes was injured when the double-decker bus carrying her and over 30 fellow pupils from Mearns Academy overturned in high winds on Garvock Hill near Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire. Cheryl and 6 other children were hospitalised. Bluebird had recently been awarded the contract to transport the children over a rival firm and had decided to use double decker buses. This decision was made by the company despite repeated warnings from parents about weather conditions on parts of the route.

Dame Elish Angiolini submitted her investigation into the cremation of babies at the council-run Mortonhall facility in Edinburgh last week but it has been revealed the council failed to tell the families involved. The crematorium buried or scattered the ashes of babies for decades but parents had been told there would be nothing left to scatter after their babies had been cremated.  Former Dame Elish, the former lord advocate, gave her findings to the council on 14 April after a probe into former practices at the crematorium.

People across Ayrshire have reacted with horror after receiving letters from their health board about a breach of infection control at a local dental practice.   

NHS Ayrshire and Arran say there is a risk of infection for patients of the Drongan Dental Surgery in Mill of Shield Road, Drongan. Patients had previously received a NHS letter last October saying there had been an investigation into this dentist but it was now seen to be complying with the regulations.

Women who have been severely injured by commonly-used surgical implants have revealed their stories ahead of mass legal action against the manufacturer. The mesh implants hardened, causing terrible injury to the women.

Every year about 1,500 Scots undergo an operation to insert mesh, the implants are commonly used to treat a prolapsed bladder and relieve incontinence, often as a result of childbirth.

Claims that the introduction of zero hours contracts could affect safety on Britain's railways are a cause for concern, an MP has said.

A new bill designed to re-claim the medical costs of treating people suffering from asbestos related disease has been launched. It’s backed by leading asbestos charities, politicians and Thompsons Solicitors, Scotland’s most experienced asbestos lawyers. The Recovery of Medical Costs for Asbestos Diseases Bill will allow the NHS to claw back the enormous costs associated with caring for people who contracted industrial diseases like Mesothelioma which is caused by exposure to asbestos.

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