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I am an Associate Solicitor and head of Irwin Mitchell's South Coast Asbestos team operating from Southampton. I have particular expertise in representing mesothelioma patients and their families.
I secured a landmark victory for my client in the Court of Appeal in the matter of Haxton v. Philips Electronics UK Ltd.
I find the law fascinating and wanted to make a real and meaningful difference to people's lives.
It is enormously rewarding to be able to assist clients who have been diagnosed with an asbestos related condition and help them recover compensation, which can assist them in many different ways, from adaptations around the home, to a family holiday. I am passionate about working in asbestos law.
I am particularly proud of Irwin Mitchell's commitment to be at the cutting edge of law, and to go the extra mile for each and every client.
I enjoy running, playing netball, singing in the Irwin Mitchell choir and spending time with friends and family.
“It’s positive to see that the school was closed after the discovery of asbestos but it is our view that this issue could potentially have been avoided had a risk register been created to investigate asbestos in schools and public buildings and a programme of safe removal agreed.
“It takes decades from exposure to asbestos before the symptoms of diseases such as mesothelioma develop and we are still seeing the impact asbestos has had on thousands of people who worked surrounded by the dust many years ago without any knowledge of the damage it was doing to their bodies.
“All we can do now is support those suffering and try and help them receive the justice and support they need to make their live manageable fully aware that sadly it is too late to prevent what has happened.
“The focus must be on removing asbestos from schools and public buildings now to eliminate any possibility of future generations suffering in a similar way.
“News of asbestos being found in old buildings and schools is becoming far too frequent and this is why we passionately support the All-Party Occupational Safety and Health Group’s calls to remove all asbestos by 2035.
“Although the amount of asbestos was small at the Isle of Wight school this is not the case with all buildings and that’s why we continually call for a risk register to be created so harmful substances can be safety removed on a priority basis.
“It is now time for the talking to stop and for the Government to agree to a plan of action. The only way to ensure asbestos cannot claim more unwilling victims is through the introduction of a comprehensive removal programme.”
“It is deeply concerning to see these reports of potentially hazardous waste being dumped at Stonehenge and it is welcome to see an investigation has been launched.
“The dangers of the material cannot be downplayed, as prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibres can trigger serious and fatal illnesses including malignant lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma which are responsible for over 2,500 deaths in the UK every year.
“There is clear guidance in place in relation to the handling, management and disposal of asbestos materials and this case is another reminder of the importance of ensuring that every care is taken as far as the material is concerned.
“Where possible, it is vital steps are taken to ensure lessons can be learned and these issues are not repeated in the future.”
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