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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
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.”
“A year on from her death, we are still working hard to get answers for Christine’s family, regarding her exposure to asbestos.
“Unlike other asbestos related conditions, such as asbestosis, mesothelioma can occur after exposure to very minimal levels of asbestos dust.
“Mesothelioma is a very aggressive form of cancer which causes a significant amount of pain and suffering for victims like Christine and employers should have been well aware of the dangers posed by asbestos to their staff.
“Those who worked alongside Christine may have important information on the presence of asbestos at the factory. They may also have details of any measures, if any, taken to reduce potential exposure to the harmful dust.
“We hope former colleagues will come forward with the crucial information we need to get these answers for Christine’s family.”
The Charity of the Year initiative has been a fundamental part of our efforts to actively support the local communities where we are based for many years and we are proud to have helped many incredible causes along the way.
All of the charities that we are supporting across 2018 undertake incredibly important work in a diverse range of areas and, with a number of fundraising events already planned, we are determined to ensure we can raise as much money for them as possible.
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