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I am a solicitor in the Newcastle workplace injury team and I specialise in claims for people who have developed asbestos-related illnesses. In particular, I have years of experience of dealing with claims for mesothelioma, asbestosis, asbestos-related lung cancer and pleural thickening. I also deal with other, non-asbestos related, workplace illness claims.
I qualified as a solicitor in September 2013 after having spent two years dealing with various types of personal injury claims, including catastrophic brain injury cases, various types of industrial accidents and clinical negligence work. As such, I have gained a broad range of experience to date, but my special interests are now focussed on workplace illnesses and particularly asbestos-related illnesses.
I am an accredited APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) Senior Litigator and APIL accredited as both an Occupational Disease and an Asbestos Disease Specialist.
I have always enjoyed a challenge and I find that the ever changing nature of the law ensures that I am always learning something new, even now after having done this type of work for several years. No two days are ever the same.
Being able to obtain a sense of justice for clients who have suffered injuries and illnesses as a result of simply going to work every day to earn a living. Further, in some types of cases, being able to secure funding for clients to undergo private treatment, not currently available on the NHS, with the hope of helping to stabilise their condition.
I like being part of a large national team with access to a number of resources and an ethos which places its clients at the forefront of the services it provides, maintaining an “expert hand with a human touch”.
I am an avid gym-goer; foodie and I enjoy spending time with family and friends.
"Hardworking and tenacious." - Legal 500, 2018/19
"I had total confidence in Emma and her team, and cannot praise them highly enough." - Brian Carnegie, client
"My solicitor Emma Bell in charge of my case was very efficient and a true professional and her communication throughout was second to none.” - Jackie, client
"Excellent service - Emma Bell showed both respect and empathy whilst representing our family and provided an efficient, friendly and clear service at all times. Would not hesitate to recommend Emma and Irwin Mitchell to anyone." - Donna, client
"I found Emma Bell, Solicitor for Irwin Mitchell, to be extremely professional when dealing with my father’s asbestos claim. A difficult subject was handled with both sensitivity and efficiency. As a client, I found Irwin Mitchell’s vast experience in this area of law and the manner in which they handled our case to be invaluable. This greatly reduced the stress relating to what is a very difficult matter for anyone to have to deal with. I would without hesitation recommend them to anyone in similar circumstances." - Anthony, client
"I selected Irwin Mitchell to represent me in a compensation claim as I had developed pleural thickening as a result of being exposed to asbestos, during the course of my work. I contacted Irwin Mitchell simply because they one of the better known companies in the North East and I got lucky twice in picking the company and being assigned a super efficient solicitor. I write this tribute to the company with a special word of thanks to Emma Bell who was assigned my case and who guided me through the whole procedure from beginning to end. My case was successfully completed between May 2018 when I contacted the company and April 2019 when I received a final payment in a very successful case. I have no qualms whatsoever in recommending this Company." - Norman, client
APIL PI Focus Magazine (September 2018 issue) - I wrote an article about a successful case that I had pursued for a mesothelioma client in which I obtained a lump sum payment plus an agreement for the Defendant to fund private treatment (not available on the NHS).
“Unfortunately we see all too often those, like Eddie, who have suffered from asbestos exposure.
“Through our initial investigations we have determined that Eddie’s exposure to asbestos is most likely to have occurred during his time at the Consett Steelworks, but we now need further information to help get the answers Sandra deserves.
“We would hugely appreciate any help in this matter and are focused on ensuring this family can gain justice.”
“Just a year on from Dennis passing away, his loved ones remain desperate for answers as to how he developed lung cancer.
“With this in mind, we are keen to learn more about the conditions he would have faced during work at both Hunt Contracts (Lemington) Ltd and M Grady Builder (Newcastle) Ltd and are particularly keen to learn more about the potential presence of asbestos.
“Any information could prove absolutely vital in our efforts to not only gain answers for his family, but also to ensure that they can secure justice regarding his death.”
“This is sadly another example of where an individual has died from an asbestos-related condition possibly many decades after his initial exposure to the material took place.
“Such cases highlight the devastating impact that asbestos can have on so many lives and how families are often left desperate for answers regarding how the contact occurred.
“We would be hugely grateful to anyone who may be able to provide any information which could help this family gain the answers and justice they deserve.”
“Our client’s story is yet another which highlights the devastating impact that exposure to asbestos can have, with him developing a serious illness many decades after contact is thought to have taken place.
“Following our investigations, we are keen to gather more details regarding the conditions and work undertaken by Chemical & Insulating Co at its Scotswood Road site and we would be hugely grateful to anyone who may be able to help us with this.
“Such information could prove key as we look to secure James the answers and justice he deserves regarding his condition.”
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