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For immediate release 20.11.13

In a highly significant legal decision today attempts by a local authority to use a loophole to deny liability in an asbestos case have been defeated at the Court of Session.

For immediate release  13.11.2013

The owners of the Flying Phantom tug boat which sank on the Clyde nearly six years ago killing three crewmen have been fined 1.75 million pounds today at the High Court in Edinburgh. Last month Svitzer Marine Limited pleaded guilty to charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act. Stephen Humphreys, 33, Eric Blackley, 57, and Robert Cameron, 65, died when the tug capsized in thick fog in December 2007.

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Botox is the show biz beauty treatment that helps stars like Nicole Kidman, Kylie Minogue and even Simon Cowell stay looking young. But hundreds of Scots are finding themselves in hospital following Botox that’s gone wrong. At present people can undergo the treatment in high-street beauty salons for less than £300 pounds.

A Ministry of Defence employee has been awarded damages of over £4,000 for noise related hearing loss caused by ill-fitting safety equipment. Thomas Doyle (60) from Coatbridge suffered extensive damage to his hearing as a result of exposure to noise from an MP7 carbine gun during his employment as a firearms instructor with the MOD.

Latest development in tug boat tragedy reinforce calls to fast track FAI legislation

Thompsons Solicitors and Unite the Union have welcomed a guilty plea from the owner of the Flying Phantom which sank in the Clyde in December 2007 killing three crew members.

Scottish campaigners have welcomed proposals which will provide stricter controls on the use of medical devices in EU member states. The changes are designed to provide greater protection for patients and are being implemented in the wake of a number of recent health scandals.

Members of the European Parliament have this week amended draft legislation which includes stricter monitoring and better traceability. Under the new rules tens of thousands of medical devices will now be subject to rigorous scrutiny before they are deemed safe for public consumption. The changes also allow for random testing and factory audits as well as more regular monitoring by authorities.

An award winning employment law firm is warning that new legislation coming into force at the beginning of next month (Tuesday 1st October) could result in a worrying increase in accidents and even deaths in the workplace. Under the new law the rights of Scottish workers will be reduced significantly leaving them exposed and vulnerable in the workplace, according to Thompsons Solicitors.

Debate today in Parliament on safety of offshore oil and gas workers

Scottish Government Ministers are today (Thursday) being urged to back legislative proposals that could provide much needed reform of the Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) process. Thompsons Solicitors is backing trade union calls for the legislation to be fast tracked ahead of a Parliamentary debate sparked by the latest offshore helicopter tragedy.

Thompsons pick up coveted Law Firm of the Year title

Thompsons has secured another three accolades at the coveted Law Awards of Scotland 2013. The firm is delighted to have been named Firm of the Year, Employment Firm of the Year and Solicitor of the Year at the ceremony last night (Thursday) at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel.

Richard Baker MSP has today (Friday) backed calls by the Unite union, supported by Thompsons Solicitors, for an emergency debate in Holyrood on offshore health. The Labour member for the North East region has tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament which he will be urging MSPs to support to allow the issue to be discussed as soon as possible.

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