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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Mesothelioma Action Day in Scotland will be marked by a special conference in Edinburgh on March 27, 2008, organised by Clydeside Action on Asbestos.

Phyllis Craig Welfare Rights Officer with Clydeside Action on Asbestos said:"We felt that holding a conference to discuss the key issues affecting mesothelioma victims and their families would be the most effective way to mark Mesothelioma Action Day.

Judge rules Lord Advocate and Scottish Ministers breached victims' human rights

Thompsons Solicitors have won a landmark judgement that the Lord Advocate and Scottish Ministers breached the European Convention on Human Rights by refusing to hold public inquiries into the deaths of two victims of Hepatitis C acquired through infected blood transfusions from the NHS.

Each year, more and more people are doing their Christmas Shopping at the click of a mouse. But it's worth using some of the time you save by shopping online to check out the terms and conditions of any site you chose to use.

You should make sure you know who you are dealing with and whether or not they are based in this country, as you might need to know which laws apply to the transaction.

The ruling prevented compensation claims for pleural plaques, a scarring of the lungs, arguing that it was technically not a disease.

Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said the condition increased risk of diseases like mesothelioma.

Philip Dolan, Chairman of the Scottish Haemophilia Groups Forum was nominated for the Public Campaign of the Year for his tireless ten-year battle to win a public inquiry into the thousands of Scots who have died, or had their lives blighted, by contaminated blood products and transfusions from the NHS.

The judgement has gone in favour of the insurance companies and the employers and against the workers who have to live with asbestos in their lungs and the appalling fear that their condition could develop into mesothelioma, the incurable cancer caused by asbestos

FAMILIES and campaigners yesterday condemned the "injustice" of a House of Lords ruling which will end compensation for thousands of workers suffering from an asbestos- related condition.

The judgment removes an established right to compensation, which had existed for 20 years, to allow people with pleural plaques - scars on the lungs - to claim damages.

It was with mixed feelings that I again saw the QE2, during its final voyage around the UK (your report, 19 September). The last time I saw it was at age 12, as I stood on the banks of the Clyde opposite the John Brown shipyard. For a young boy from Castlemilk admiring the steamers going doon the watter, the sight was awesome.

A report published in May 2007 (and which I have just seen) highlights the inequalities in Europe's treatment of cancer patients and provides a detailed overview of how cancer patients in some countries receive treatment with new drug therapies while those elsewhere do not.

"Nowhere in Europe is the decision role played by economic evaluations more evident than in the UK, where the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) issues guidance for England, and the All Wales Medicine Strategy Group (AWMSG) and the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) issued guidance for Wales and Scotland respectively..

Human rights cases and human rights lawyers tend to get a bit of a bad name. But human rights legislation is a real and powerful tool in the sphere of health and safety and the battle to make our workplaces safer.

Under Article 2 of the Convention on Human Rights, everyone's right to life is protected by the law.
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