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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.
"Tenacious, hard working and extremely knowledgeable." – Chambers & Partners, 2018
"Extremely knowledgeable and experienced in asbestos disease claims" - Legal 500, 2017
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 regularly contacted by people who have become ill because of the failings in their employer’s commitment to health and safety in the workplace, or by bereaved relatives who have lost a loved one at work whose lives have been devastated as a result.
“The issue of health and safety in the workplace is a crucially important one for both employers and employees. Good health and safety practices are good for business but the issue of workplace health and safety has to be given very serious consideration by all interested parties.”
The reality is thousands of people are dying due to asbestos exposure in the past. The majority of those were exposed at work, and were completely unaware of the dangers of the hazardous material.
“Workers’ Memorial Day is an important time to reflect on the terrible impact that asbestos has had on so many lives. These recent HSE figures highlight the tragic reality that we see day to day in our work.”
Everyone at Irwin Mitchell is passionate about giving back to the communities we operate in and making a real difference to the lives of those supported by our Charities of the Year.
We are incredibly proud of what we achieved last year. Hearing how the charities are going to use their donations, and the positive impact that will have on their patrons, is spurring on our staff to think of bigger and better ways to fundraise for our new good causes.
“This is a very significant ruling from the Court of Appeal. Whilst it certainly does not open the floodgates or mean that everyone diagnosed with the disease is able to bring a claim, it does reset the employer’s duty of care to where it ought to be and was prior to the Williams v University of Birmingham case in 2011.
“It means that mesothelioma victims can take some comfort from the judgment that it was not acceptable for employers to take no steps to minimise levels of asbestos dust in the workplace, and simply to rely upon flawed data from the former Factory Inspectorate. It means that more victims and families will have a means of accessing justice when previously they may have been excluded from bringing a legal case.
“For those who lose a loved one to mesothelioma, the level of asbestos exposure does not matter to them. The fact that exposure occurred at all is enough to demand answers and to demand justice. The dangers of asbestos have been known for many decades but some employers continued to put people at risk of harm by not providing adequate protection.
“We very much welcome the findings of the Court of Appeal, that once a risk of injury was identified, employers ought to have taken steps to minimise risks of injury to employees. The judgment now means that many other victims of asbestos disease who find themselves in a similar position to David Bussey may now be able to access the justice they deserve.”
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