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.

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Solicitor Advocate Frank Maguire, of Thompsons has welcomed Government plans to streamline compensation for mesothelioma sufferers.

The proposals mean that anyone with mesothelioma will be able to make a claim, regardless of how they contracted the deadly disease. And they can expect to receive substantial payments within six weeks of making their claim.

It could also be that you are picked on by your boss for doing something but when one of your colleagues does the same thing, your boss is much more lenient with them.

If you do feel that your boss is bullying you, one of the first things that you should do is begin to keep a diary.

This is not a rare event. Around three Scots a month leave for work but never return because they have been killed. That is a higher figure per head of population than England and Wales.

For many of their loved ones the sense of loss is harder to take because recklessness on the part of the employer was to blame.

The Telegraph's legal expert, Solicitor Advocate Frank Maguire of Thompsons Solicitors looks at the sort of problems that can arise if you rent from a private landlord, and advises you on some of the steps you can take to protect your interests.

If you have an accident while abroad on holiday, a personal injury solicitor in Scotland could deal with your claim, if the holiday was booked as part of a package deal through a travel agent in Scotland.

However your accident would need to be the fault of the travel agent or their representatives, such as hotel staff.

Solicitor Advocate Frank Maguire of Thompsons gave evidence to the Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament on the Bill which removes the iniquity of mesothelioma sufferers having to choose between claiming compensation for themselves, or not claiming to ensure their families’ rights to full compensation after their deaths.

The bill aims to reverse the current situation whereby victims receive only a modest award whilst they are alive yet their families would receive substantial sums once they were dead.

Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos, typically in workplaces such as the Clyde shipyards. Once diagnosed the disease has usually reached a stage where it can kill within just a few months.

However, despite the positive findings Inspectors issued 57 Enforcement Notices in total. Fourteen Improvement Notices were issued in relation to quad bikes, six requiring quad bike training and eight requiring the use of a helmet when riding the quad.

Of most concern to Inspectors was the poor condition of other farm vehicles, which included missing mirrors and poor brakes.

Asbestos campaigners were offered ministerial support yesterday for a change in the law to give victims and their families a fairer deal on compensation.

But they have been warned there will be a lengthy delay due to a problem finding time in the Scottish Parliament to enact new legislation.

Asbestos campaigners were offered ministerial support yesterday for a change in the law to give victims and their families a fairer deal on compensation.

But they have been warned there will be a lengthy delay due to a problem finding time in the Scottish Parliament to enact new legislation.
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