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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
"The reports regarding the MoD’s investigations into this matter are hugely concerning and a number of current and former engineers will now be desperate for more information regarding the issue.
“Through our work, we have seen the devastating consequences that asbestos exposure can have on so many lives, so it is clear that any investigation needs to be both swift and thorough.
“The outcome may also go some way towards ensuring that lessons are learned and similar issues do not arise again in the future.”
“Through our work we are all too aware of the dangers that exposure to asbestos can pose, not only to those who worked in industrial settings but also public buildings such as schools.
“For many years we have been aware of asbestos in the fabric of school buildings and have campaigned for its removal. To now hear that potentially thousands of pupils and teachers could possibly have been exposed to the hazardous material during routine science experiments is extremely worrying, especially as the signs of asbestos-related disease often take decades to develop following exposure.
“It is only right that the government now undertakes a thorough investigation to fully establish the extent of the issue. In the meantime we would advise that schools stop using the gauzes.”
“The deaths of Dennis and Carol are yet another tragic example highlighting the effects that asbestos has on those who are exposed to the hazardous material and their families,” he says.
“Craven’s is not unique; there were hundreds of factories that were major employers in towns and cities across the country where health and safety regulations to manage asbestos were not upheld. As it can take many decades for mesothelioma to develop it is a tragedy that is still unfolding.
“That’s why it is so important that we work to get justice and answers for those who were exposed to asbestos.”
“The first Asbestos Regulations, to manage the use of asbestos because of its danger to health, became law in 1931, so to learn that people were exposed to the fibres much later is very upsetting for the individuals or the families who come to us.
“Asbestos was commonly used in industry and the building trade for many years and, tragically, although employers ought to have known of the dangers it posed to the health of their staff, they did not implement safety measures and warnings to protect workers from inhaling the toxic substance.
“Too many people are dying due to this poor management of asbestos exposure in the past.
“Mesothelioma is a very aggressive, and sadly, incurable disease and those who fall victim suffer simply because the appropriate precautions were not taken to keep them safe, they were not warned of the dangers of asbestos or provided with the correct protective equipment.
“The recent HSE prediction that the number of deaths caused by mesothelioma will continue on a similar level to at least the end of decade before we see a decline shows the scale of the problem throughout the 1900s.
“The estimated peak of mesothelioma diagnoses keeps being pushed further and further into the future and it sadly means that many more unsuspecting people are likely to be affected.
“We hope that by supporting Action Mesothelioma Day we will help to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos and mesothelioma, as well as encouraging employers and the government to take action to protect future generations from further suffering.”
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