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I am a Partner and Head of the Asbestos-Related Disease Team in Leeds. I have over 20 years’ experience working exclusively for claimants with mesothelioma, asbestosis and pleural thickening. I've helped a wide range of people including teachers, architects, policemen, office workers, surveyors, joiners, plumbers, and electricians.
I'm passionate about my work and lecture widely about this specialist field. I also work closely with healthcare professionals to support the needs of sufferers.
I recently secured a ‘landmark agreement’ with defendant insurers to cover the costs of future cancer treatment for a client with mesothelioma. The agreement creates a Periodical Payments Order and means that a settlement did not have to wait until doctors actually advised that he should receive immunotherapy treatment. This avoided the need to estimate treatment costs ahead of time in an area of breath-taking change both in terms of the drugs available and their cost.
The team and I raise funds for charities and we've participated in the Leeds and Hull 10k run. The Leeds team has recovered over £330,000 for hospices within the region following a landmark High Court ruling in a 2010 case led by Irwin Mitchell.
I have extensive experience in both the High Court and Court of Appeal. I always strive to provide swift, accurate and expert assistance to people suffering from the effects of mesothelioma.
I wanted to pursue a challenging career that would make a difference to people, groups and organisations.
The one thing which I enjoy the most is meeting people: discussing their problems and trying to find solutions.
Both my wife and I were born in Yorkshire and returned to bring up our young family in 2008 (two daughters, one aged six and the other eight weeks old). At the moment life is on hold following the birth of our second child in April 2014!
“Hospices play a hugely important role in many communities and we are delighted that we have been able to give back to a vital organisation like Kirkwood Hospice.
“I am proud that as part of our work, the team at Irwin Mitchell in Leeds has managed to secure £332,000 for hospices across the county, by recovering the care costs for those who were exposed to harmful materials during their working life.
“Hospice Care Week presents us with a chance to promote the great work done by hospice staff and to raise awareness of the challenges they face.”
“Over 2,500 people are dying from mesothelioma every year in the UK due to the negligence of their employer’s decades ago.
“The vast majority of the people we represent were never warned of the dangers posed by asbestos and sadly were never given any protective equipment that would have reduced their exposure to the deadly substance.
“Individuals suffering from cancer frequently require care, support and information urgently and we are hosting this day to provide them with an opportunity to be armed with the knowledge that they will require prior to the progression of their disease.”
“Mesothelioma is an extremely aggressive, and sadly, incurable, form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos dust fibres. It is responsible for the deaths of more than 2,500 people in the UK every year.
“While asbestos exposure is commonly linked to work in industrial environments, we are increasingly seeing cases in which contact with the material is thought to have taken place in public buildings such as schools or hospitals.
“One year on from his death, Paul’s family remain desperate for answers regarding how his illness emerged and whether more could have been done to prevent it. We would be grateful to anyone who may be able to come forward and support our work in this area.”
“Hospices play a hugely important role in many communities and we are delighted that we have been able to give back to the vital organisations that care for those who are most in need of it.
“It is an unfortunate truth that many people do not understand the specifics related to the funding of such services, with many hospices being heavily reliant on donations and fundraising efforts by local groups.
“However, by looking to reclaim the cost of care in a legal claim, families are able to give back and say thank you to an organisation which has provided fundamental support to their loved ones at an incredibly difficult time.”
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