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I have specialised in bringing claims on behalf of individuals and their families affected by asbestos-related diseases for many years.
I have extensive knowledge of the local industries and employers in the South West and Wales who have exposed employees to asbestos.
Sometimes clients are not aware where they have been exposed to asbestos, and I spend time with each client making sure that I investigate every claim thoroughly. As a result of this I have had recent High Court successes for a teacher and a wife who washed her husband's contaminated overalls, both of whom had contracted mesothelioma.
I am recognised as an expert in asbestos claims and give regular presentations to medical professionals and charities as well as giving interviews on national and local radio.
I became a solicitor because I am good at resolving problems and enjoy meeting people. My job naturally combines both of these elements.
I am passionate about my work because I can see that it makes a positive difference to people in difficult situations.
Irwin Mitchell has the largest national asbestos team in the UK which means that there is a wealth of specialist knowledge available to me.
I love exploring different countries, going to the theatre and cooking; more so if shared with my husband and two (mostly) delightful teenage daughters.
“Asbestos-related diseases are the biggest occupational killer of all time and mesothelioma kills over 2,500 people in the UK every year, often affecting people decades after they were exposed to the material.
“The dangers of asbestos have been well known for some time but unfortunately many employers did not take the appropriate steps to protect staff from inhaling the substance and the health risks associated with this.
“Brian and his wife Maureen are understandably concerned about what the future holds and we are appealing to former colleagues to come forward and help them understand where Brian was exposed to the substance and if more could have been done by any of his employers to better protect him.”
“Through our work we have seen a huge number of cases which demonstrate the massive dangers of asbestos, whether it is working on behalf of those who have developed illnesses such as mesothelioma decades after exposure or for families who have lost loved ones to such conditions.
“With this in mind, it is vital that everything possible is done to ensure the general public are safe from potential risks.
“Very clear concerns have been raised about this site so it is vital that steps are taken to ensure that no one is placed at harm as a result of the issues surrounding this building.”
“Derek dedicated his entire working life to Rolls-Royce and understandably his daughter, Sally, wants to know how her father was exposed to the asbestos that caused his mesothelioma.
“All too often we see cases like this, where the individual affected by asbestos exposure is unable to provide the exact details of how they came into contact with the material, either because they have passed away, as Derek has, or because the exposure occurred many decades ago.
“We hope that the many people who will have worked alongside Derek in the 55 years he worked for Rolls-Royce will come forward with the information we need about how he came into contact with asbestos and what measures, if any, were in place to protect workers from the risks associated with the hazardous substance.”
The issue of asbestos in schools has really come into the spotlight in recent months and awareness of the material’s presence in such buildings, as well as hospitals and other public sites, has grown significantly.
"This case is yet another to show the terrible consequences that asbestos exposure has on so many lives and this is why we strongly believe there remains a need for decisive action to tackle the presence of the material in many buildings.
"The Government recently published its review of asbestos management in schools, but we feel that the steps included do not go far enough to keep teachers, support staff and pupils safe from harm.
"Our asbestos team is contacted more and more by those who have come into contact with asbestos in schools and estimates suggest this is likely to continue to rise in the coming years."