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I joined Irwin Mitchell in 1990 and became a partner in the personal injury department in 1994.
I have a special interest in asbestos related disease cases, particularly mesothelioma. I've written and lectured widely on the subject of asbestos disease and personal injury litigation.
I represented June Hancock in the Armley environmental asbestos case and also achieved what was at the time the highest award for an industrial disease/fatal injury case of £4.37m.
To help others in need and to make a significant difference to their lives.
I enjoy spending time with my family, supporting local charities, eating out and walking my dog.
“Irwin Mitchell is delighted to be supporting City Giving Day. It is an excellent chance to promote and celebrate our charity and community work, recruit more volunteers into corporate social responsibility programmes and highlight the work our Group does in our communities.
“We have a proud history of supporting charities across the country and being involved in the local community is a big part of our day-to-day life. All our offices support a local charity of their choice every year and our people are passionate about getting involved. We encourage our people to take part in voluntary activities and we enable them to donate 14 hours of their time each year to charity work.”
“Asbestos was commonly used in industry and the building trade for many years and, tragically, although employers ought to have known of the dangers it posed to the health of their staff, they did not implement safety measures and warnings to protect them from inhaling the toxic substance.
“As a result of past failures, more than 2,500 people die in the UK every year from mesothelioma. According to the latest figures, this awful disease is not going away and we are expecting the number of people diagnosed with it to increase in the coming years. That is why we support Action Mesothelioma Day, with the aim of ensuring that this horrendous disease, which causes untold suffering for thousands of victims and their families every year, does not slip out of the public consciousness.”
June was a truly remarkable woman and her spirit very much lives on in the work undertaken by the June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund.
I think June would be proud to know that, twenty years after the end of the case, the Fund are still providing vital support tools, including this handbook, to help people impacted by mesothelioma.“We hope that anyone who has been affected with this illness, whether it be healthcare professionals or patients and their loved ones, will come to this free event and find it full of insightful and helpful advice.
It may be twenty years on from the end of June’s case but there remains plenty of work to be done to raise awareness, promote research and improve safety standards, in this regard, and we remain totally committed to campaigning on these issues in June’s memory.
“We are delighted to be supporting all the chosen charities across the offices as our Charities of the Year and are looking forward to taking part in plenty of fundraising activities to raise money for these very worthwhile causes.
“Our colleagues vote at a local level and are very supportive of the charities we get involved with and Irwin Mitchell is passionate about supporting and helping the local community. We have already kick-started fundraising across the offices and we have lots of events planned in the coming months to raise as much money as possible for the charities.”