Helen Humphries, the widow of one of the three men who died when the Clyde tug the Flying Phantom went down has spoken of the pain of facing Christmas without her husband Stephen.She was speaking as the first anniversary of the tugboat sinking on approaches.
Solicitor Advocate Frank Maguire of Thompsons Solicitors today welcomed an English Court judgment rejecting a bid by insurance companies to avoid paying out in cases of long-term industrial diseases and deaths.
Clydeside Action on Asbestos won the coveted Public Campaign of the Year Award at The Herald's prestigious Politician of the Year Awards.River City actress Barbara Rafferty presented the award to Phyllis Craig and Gordon Skivington of Clydeside Action on Asbestos in recognition of the organisation's achievements in fighting for the victims of asbestos.
Home Help Jacqueline Quinn is taking Equal Pay Lawyer Stefan Cross to court after he charged her £500 for taking her case to another lawyer.And last night Jacqueline, who works for Edinburgh City Council: "I think his bill is out of order and I am determined not to pay.
Angry relatives of the C-Diff victims accused Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon of 'stealing' their proposals for an independent hospital inspectorate in a bid to head off their campaign for a public inquiry.Michelle Stewart, Secretary of the C-Diff Justice Group said: "We came up with the idea of an independent inspectorate for hospitals like HM Inspector of Schools and put it to Nicola Sturgeon when we met her.
Thompsons Solicitors won widespread praise for its efforts on behalf pleural plaques victims when the Scottish Parliament debated the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill, which will restore Scottish victims' right to compensation, on Wednesday November 5.
Thompsons Solicitors is supporting the families of crewmen who died in the Flying Phantom tragedy to pursue their call for a public inquiry into the incident.A report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch was highly critical of Clydeport and the tug operator Denmark-based Svitzer Marine for their safety regimes.
Frank Maguire of Thompsons Solicitors and Clydeside Action on Asbestos give evidence to the Justice Committee on Pleural Plaques on Tuesday 2nd September 2008.You can view the full transcript of this evidence to the Justice Committee here
"We welcome the Sheriff's findings but we need to find some way of enshrining some of them in law, to prevent another tragedy like Douglas's death."We want to see a legal requirement on the people who run big estates to issue their workers with mobile phones and put in place a buddy system to raise the alarm in an emergency."