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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.
Sources say: "He has a tremendous amount of experience in personal injury claims and is very knowledgeable on asbestos-related issues." – Chambers & Partners 2016
"An outstandingly dedicated, committed and caring man," who "possesses integrity, kindness and an ability to genuinely empathise with families that are going through hell." – Chambers & Partners 2013
“We are delighted to be able to provide these record-breaking donations to a number of truly fantastic causes in the communities where we work and live.
“Our Charity of the Year initiative is something that all of our employees are very passionate about, with everyone pitching in to raise funds in a variety of ways across 2016 to ensure we can really make a diference to a host of charities.
“We are incredibly proud of what we achieved last year and efforts have already begun to see what we can do to support the charities nominated as part of this year’s drive.”
“Mesothelioma is an extremely aggressive and, sadly, incurable form of cancer. Unfortunately, we see hundreds of cases every year in which people have developed very serious illnesses as a result of exposure to asbestos many decades ago.
“Through our work on behalf of John and his family, we are keen to gain an understanding of his work history and specifically the working conditions and safety measures in place during the two years he worked for Sunderland-based LW Evans.
“We would be hugely grateful if other tradesmen or colleagues who worked alongside John, who have information on the presence of asbestos, would come forward. Any detail, no matter how small, could prove vital in our efforts to help John’s widow get the answers she deserves regarding his illness.”
“Being told that you have lung cancer is a life-changing experience for sufferers and their families and, due to our work, we see the devastating effects a delay in treatment can have.
“Lung cancer is more treatable than it used to be but even so, the earlier it’s detected, the easier it is to treat and the better the chance of a successful outcome is.
“This Lung Cancer Awareness Month it is vital that everyone knows the signs to look out for and although speaking to your GP may feel daunting, if it is lung cancer, early diagnosis and treatment could save your life.
“We are also very concerned that many of those who develop lung cancer are never advised that their condition may have an occupational cause. Consequently, they never seek specialist legal advice and miss out on compensation and benefits which would have improved the quality of their life and provide financial security for them and their families.
“That lung cancer suffers may have smoked is not a bar to pursing a claim as heavy and prolonged exposure to asbestos dust and smoking have a multiplicative effect. Those who have been heavily exposed to asbestos dust and have also smoked are at a far greater risk of developing lung cancer than if they had only smoked and not been exposed.
“We urge health professionals to consider whether occupational exposure to asbestos may have caused or contributed to the development of the cancer and if so to sign post the patients for specialist advice.”
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