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I am a Solicitor within the Workplace Illness and Asbestos disease team in Leeds.
I have over 12 years experience of handling personal injury claims including mesothelioma and asbestos related disease claims, accidents at work, road traffic collision claims, occupiers liability and occupational disease claims. My most recent Trial experience was in relation to the case of Magill v Panel Systems (DB) 2017.
When providing legal advice, I consider myself to be both confident and approachable for my clients. I am an Apil Accredited Asbestos Disease specialist and a Senior Litigator, and I qualified as a solicitor in 2015.
I am also a member of the Black Solicitors Network and participate regularly in diversity activities on behalf of the firm.
"Special thanks to Nicola Handley for the compassionate, dedicated and professional way she has dealt with the claim. She has been amazingly relentless and supportive." – Former client
"We engaged Irwin Mitchell to pursue a claim on behalf of my father-in-law, who tragically died from mesothelioma. At all stages of the process the team demonstrated exceptional skills, experience, professionalism and empathy. I would strongly recommend Irwin Mitchell to anyone who is thinking of pursuing a compensation claim for Mesothelioma or any other occupational illness and injury." – Client
From the age of 13 I had an interest in law. I enjoyed investigating matters and putting my case forward on any issues that arose at school and at home! Both of my parents worked in the healthcare sector and I naturally developed an empathy for individuals that had sustained an injury. My role at Irwin Mitchell has provided me an invaluable opportunity to combine both of these interests and attributes for the positive outcomes for others.
I enjoy meeting people and providing support on a daily basis in respect of complex legal issues and sometimes just providing a listening ear. I also only wish to ever achieve the best outcome for my clients.
I have been at the firm for over 13 years. They have supported me in every aspect through education and career progression. Irwin Mitchell continues to strive to achieve the best outcomes for their clients and also look continues to look towards the future and adapt the firm and their working methods accordingly.
I enjoy going to a CrossFit Gym, swimming, reading and spending time with my family. I am also actively involved with a number charities across the Yorkshire and Humberside region and I enjoy providing support and assistance in relation to a variety of activities on a regular basis.
“Before coming to us, Graham’s family were concerned that matters were not progressing, and we found that there were several important steps that had failed to be actioned which should have been dealt with.
Graham did not receive any advice about the benefits that he would be eligible for and, although an application for Attendance Allowance had been made following a referral to the DWP, no application had been made for the lump sum award under the Pneumoconiosis Workers Act 1979 and/or the Mesothelioma Lump sum 2008 Act and for Industrial Injuries Disablement benefit. All of these benefits provides vital funding following a diagnosis of mesothelioma and should be dealt with immediately.
In addition, vital documents and information on Graham’s employment history, which would have assisted the case, were not requested.
This is a specialist area of law and it is important that a solicitor has the relevant knowledge and skills in relation to how asbestos exposure occurs and the companies where exposure to asbestos was prevalent.
It is also extremely important that the solicitor is able to provide the care, support and advice to an individual who has received a terminal diagnosis. It is not only important to have an understanding of the legal system but also to understand the needs of someone who has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease.”
“Regrettably Norman was never warned about the dangers of asbestos when he was a young lad and as a result of that exposure, he lost years in his later life.
“Claims that result in a settlement award of this nature are not common and this is the first time that I have continued a claim to benefit four charities. However, after spending time with both Norman and Bernadette, I know they will be pleased with the outcome.
“Prior to his death, Norman was also investigating immunotherapy treatment and the fact that the settlement from his claim will be left to charities who will use the funds to invest in medical research for asbestos cancers such as immunotherapy is a memorable legacy to bequeath."
“Mesothelioma is an utterly devastating disease. At Irwin Mitchell, we see time and time again families that are left devastated when their loved ones have been exposed to asbestos and suffered the consequences through no fault of their own.
“The dangers of asbestos were widely known about from 1965 onwards and even earlier, however many people are still unaware of where asbestos may be.
“Sandra and David embarked on a DIY task that they considered posed no risk at all and in turn it led to the loss of a life. Many individuals will frequently be unaware of the dangers of asbestos in the home and environments of a similar nature.
“Asbestos is a material that can found in many areas of a home such as partitions, garages and in this case, old Aga-style ovens.
“We are now hoping to speak to people who might be able to help us in our investigation.”
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