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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The First Minister, the Right Honourable Alex Salmond will tomorrow (Thursday) meet with parents who have been affected by the baby ashes scandal.

A group of parents from across Scotland who were denied the ashes of their deceased babies from crematoria will meet the First Minister to make their case for a public inquiry. The First Minister has agreed to hear first hand in a private meeting the experiences of parents who recently found out that their children’s ashes were scattered or discarded without their knowledge.

Bereaved parents fighting for a public inquiry into the recent baby ashes scandal are to take pictures of their deceased children to the Scottish Parliament in a bid to provoke Ministers into taking action. 

Patrick McGuire, SolicitorParents from the Glasgow Answers for Ashes Parents (GAAP) campaign group have asked MSPs to attend a meeting in the Scottish Parliament being hosted by Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont MSP. Parents from across central Scotland as well as representatives from Mortonhall Ashes Action Committee will speak directly to elected members to make their case for a full public inquiry to investigate the disposal of babies’ ashes from crematoria in Scotland.

Patrick McGuire, PartnerThe Scottish Conservatives have pledged their support to campaigners calling for a public inquiry into the baby ashes scandal. Party leader Ruth Davidson will today (Wednesday) meet with bereaved parents to discuss pushing the Scottish Government to commit to a full inquiry into the recent scandal.

Thompsons Solicitors say heavy handed changes to courts spells trouble

Thompsons Solicitors has warned of dire consequences as a result of today’s (Tuesday) failed attempt to halt the closure of ten sheriff courts and seven justice of the peace courts in Scotland.

The Scottish Government has confirmed that individuals involved in the retention of baby ashes at crematoria across Scotland will not be expected to give evidence to the Commission.

The revelation came through a series of written parliamentary questions tabled by Shadow Health Minister Jackie Baillie MSP, which also questioned the Government on issues around a public inquiry and policies on handling ashes and cremated remains. The Scottish Government recently announced a Commission would be set up to examine legislation around crematoria following the baby ash scandal which came to light in December last year.

Thompsons has notched up another successful win for a union client who fell at work resulting in head injuries which impacted on her senses.

Janet Harper, who was employed by British Polythene Industries in Greenock, tripped over a piece of metal in the warehouse causing her to fall in November 2010. She put out her hand to break her fall which resulted in soft tissue damage to her right wrist as well as more serious head injuries.

Jayne CrawfordA school technician has been awarded £8,500 compensation after cutting off part of his finger while sawing wood for a school project.

The technician, based at Edinburgh's Boroughmuir High School was using a circular saw to cut up pieces of wood when the riving knife on the machinery became jammed. In attempting to clear the wood his index finger came into contact with the saw resulting in the tip of his finger being amputated.

Victims of the PIP implant scandal have today (Friday) expressed disgust after the month long trial of PIP boss Jean Claude Mas ended with a deferred verdict. The founder of the French company behind the flawed breast implants has been on trial charged with fraud and causing involuntary injury. The trial which was due to conclude today has now deferred reaching a verdict until 10 December 2013.

Thompsons Solicitors has welcomed the appointment of the Right Hon Lord Bonomy to chair the independent commission into infant cremation and the disposal of ashes in Scotland.

Patrick McGuire, PartnerThe Scottish Government announced it would be setting up the commission in the wake of the baby ash scandal which saw hundreds of parents denied the ashes of their babies at crematoria across the country.

Things are hotting up as Glasgow gears up for the most prominent MayDay celebrations for a number of years. In a major concert, Comedian and activist, Mark Thomas; marxist magician, Ian Saville, and former BBC Young Folk Musicians Siobhan Miller and Jeana Leslie join political song master Arthur Johnstone, and harmonica virtuoso, Fraser Speirs, in a star studded line-up at the Great MayDay Cabaret that crowns this years’ Friends of MayDay activities.

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