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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.
"He's someone everyone knows, a very skilful lawyer with an encyclopaedic knowledge and someone you can always trust." - Chambers & Partners, 2019
"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
“This latest report from the HSE has highlighted how mesothelioma and the consequences of past asbestos exposure unfortunately continue to impact on a huge number of people every year.
The dangers of asbestos have been well-known for several decades but, as our specialist work has revealed, many employers in the past simply failed to take steps to ensure their employees were properly protected from it. Sadly, the human cost of that gross negligence has now become evident.
Furthermore, while asbestos exposure has most commonly been linked to industrial environments in the past, we are increasingly seeing cases where the contact with asbestos has taken place in public buildings like hospitals and schools. The hazardous material is still present to this day in the majority of these institutions.
These latest figures are undoubtedly an important reminder that lessons must continue to be learned from the past, and that asbestos exposure remains a clear and present danger. Safety must always be the priority when it comes to the management of asbestos going forwards, as this is the only way of helping to prevent future deaths from related diseases.
The consequences of previous failures simply cannot be made again.”
“I wanted to say a huge thank you to all who took part. It was a great event. I am extremely grateful to everyone for giving up their precious time and for raising so much money for the charity - well done team!
JHMRF started in 1997 and relies entirely on donations, legacies and fund-raising to ensure continued support for the vital role that research plays, and will continue to play, in the fight against mesothelioma. We are thrilled to be able to support them with their work.”
“International Workers’ Memorial Day is an important time to honour the memory of those who have died as a result of inadequate health and safety practices but also to campaign for continued improvements.
Sadly through our work we regularly see the devastating national legacy that asbestos in the workplace has created. The HSE’s figures vividly highlight how dangerous the material is, why it is vital that employees are protected and how needed this year’s focus on removing asbestos from the workplace is.
The issue of health and safety is crucially important to protect employers and employees and is one we will continue to campaign on.”
“This is a shocking case because Robert has developed mesothelioma at what is a relatively young age for this form of cancer.
“Robert is understandably devastated by the diagnosis and we are determined to help him gain answers and access to vital financial support which will assist with his ongoing treatment needs.
“We would be hugely grateful to anyone who may be able to help us with our investigations by shedding light on the conditions at the Butlins holiday camp in Filey at the time in question.”
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