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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Renewed calls have been made for further funding from the Government for the treatment of asbestos related disease, mesothelioma.

Wallsend widow Chris Knighton, who founded the Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund and lawyers, Thompsons Solicitors in Scotland have made the call after a new study found mesothelioma was the UK’s third fastest increasing cancer.

A friend of mine was recently involved in a road traffic accident. She was sitting at a set of traffic lights when another car drove into the back of her vehicle. She was shocked and had a very sore neck.

Daniel's father Peter said: "We hope that as a result of this new law employers will understand that they are not above the law and that other tragic accidents will be prevented."

Thompsons Solicitors, who represents the Dennis family, said: "After a ten year battle at long last the families of the victims of corporate manslaughter, and the trade unions, have succeeded in achieving a law which will play a key part in improving health and safety and reducing deaths at work.

In this article the author discusses the changes made by the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 to those relatives qualifying for damages under S1(4) of the Damages (Scotland) Act 1976.

There have been recent amendments to the Damages (Scotland) Act 1976 which extends, and in some cases, restricts, the categories of relatives who are entitled to a claim under Section 1(4) of the Act. These changes follow upon the Scottish Law Commission Report of August 2002 ("Report on title to Sue for Non Patrimonial Loss" Scot Law Com No. 187).

NHS watchdog NICE, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, is recommending Alimta for patients in England and Wales who are able to carry out day-to-day tasks, but whose cancer is advanced and where surgery is in appropriate.

Although the guidance only extends to England and Wales, NHS Quality Improvement Scotland the corresponding authority in Scotland normally adopt the same policy in cases like this.

The Telegraph's legal expert, Solicitor Advocate Frank Maguire of Thompsons Solicitors is committed to protecting the rights of the individual. This week he looks at the risks consumers face when they go shopping on the internet, and provides practical tips on how to protect your rights in the world's fastest growing trading environment.

The Telegraph's legal expert, Solicitor Advocate Frank Maguire of Thompsons Solicitors is an expert at winning compensation for clients in personal injury cases. This week he explains how some No Win No Fee arrangements can end up costing you a small fortune.

Many people will have received a gift of a mobile phone over the festive period.

It is important to remember your rights with regards to the product itself as well as the contract that you might have with the Network Service Provider.

The Telegraph's legal expert, Solicitor Advocate Frank Maguire of Thompsons Solicitors turns his attention to the problems caused by noisy neighbours, and spells out what you can do if you are unfortunate enough to find yourself in this situation.

If you are being disturbed by noisy neighbours you have a number of options, depending on the seriousness of the problem.

Fault. It's a funny word. After any mishap, you might well say, "it's all my fault" when that may not be the case. Even if you do feel you were to blame, you might not be in the eyes of the law.

Through our membership of the European Community, which holds Health & Safety in very high esteem, we have very strict laws to ensure that workplaces are safe.
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