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I joined Irwin Mitchell in 2010 as a trainee solicitor and qualified into the industrial diseases team in autumn 2012.
I assist clients who have been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases to obtain the damages to which they are entitled. I have experience in many aspects of cases of this nature, including access to benefits, negotiating settlement and assisting on bereavement. I have assisted on cases involving substantial future losses, multiple defendants and international elements.
I am also chair of the London office branch of the charity committee, which is dedicated to raising funds for a local charity each year.
"We have repeatedly called upon Government to introduce a full risk register to document the presence of asbestos in public buildings including schools, and for that the register to be maintained through a programme of regular and robust inspections.
“Transparency and clarity are essential here and we feel that those who work at or visit sites where asbestos is present, such as schools and hospitals, should also be informed of the fact.
“Asbestos exposure is often linked to industrial environments or trade professions, but we are seeing more and more cases where people have been exposed within schools years before diagnosis. This is an issue which requires urgent attention and it is vital that Government takes steps on the matter.
“Local Authorities and Councils need to come clean about the extent of their asbestos history and make provisions for its removal.
“Cases such as Brian’s show that schools need a clear plan of action as well as the funding necessary to ensure that asbestos is removed properly and safely to protect staff, teachers and, of course, pupils.”
“Peritoneal mesothelioma is an extremely rare and very aggressive form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure and it can cause a great deal of pain and suffering for victims like Carolyn, who now simply wants answers as to how she were exposed to asbestos.
"We are supporting Carolyn by investigating conditions at her former places of work and we have now issued legal proceedings in the hope she will get the answers she wants.
“All too often we see cases like Carolyn’s where workers spent time working in dusty environments around asbestos and were not provided with protective equipment. It can take decades for symptoms to develop and often it is then too late for victims to recall how and where they were exposed.
“In Carolyn’s case, despite being mainly an administrative worker at both companies, she should have received protection against asbestos as her jobs took her onto the factory floors.”
“Asbestos was used in a number of industries in the 1950s and sadly, despite many employers being aware of the risks it posed to the health of employers, safety measures were not put in place to protect workers.
“Unfortunately, as it takes decades for the symptoms of mesothelioma to develop and present themselves, victims are unable to recall the exact details of their exposure and rely on their former colleagues to come forward with further information.
“Colin is understandably extremely concerned about what the future holds for him as his disease worsens and he wants to get answers about why he was not better protected from the dangers posed by this material.”
“Brian was very well known in the area in which he lived for his sporting prowess having captained Uckfield rugby, played for Sussex and did England trials.
“He also played Sussex Schools cricket and regularly played cricket at school, for Withyham and various other clubs. He also likes playing snooker and was a member at Dunnings Mill Snooker Club East Grinstead at one time.
“He was a well-liked and much-loved member of his community and teacher and it is for this reason we know there must be many people out there who can shed light on how he may have come into contact with asbestos while at Imberhorne School.
“Brian’s friends and family are still struggling to come to terms with his illness, and sudden death and to be able to know exactly what happened to him would enable them to accept what has happened and try to move on.”
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