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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.
“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.”
“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.”
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