For over 35 years, I’ve specialised in compensation claims for individuals who’ve suffered injury in an accident at work or developed an occupational illness. I’ve dealt with claims for accidents across a wide range of industries as diverse as mining, construction, manufacturing and the health service.
I have a particular interest in dealing with occupational disease claims, particularly for respiratory conditions including mesothelioma and other asbestos related disease claims.
I’ve dealt with claims for occupational asthma and have extensive experience dealing with claims for other diseases like VWF and RSI.
I also have considerable experience of dealing with group litigation. I played a leading role in the Claimants’ Solicitors Coordinating Group in the British Coal Vibration White Finger Litigation. After the successful litigation, negotiations took place which led to the establishment of a Claims Handling Arrangement (CHA), that successfully resolved over 175,000 cases.
I was also one of a small number of solicitors forming the Claimants’ Solicitors Coordinating Group in the British Coal Respiratory Disease Litigation. The litigation was successful and negotiations led to the establishment of a CHA, which resolved over 650,000 cases.
Recently, I’ve been involved in coordinating both the British Coal Coke Oven Workers Litigation and the British Steel Coke Oven Workers Litigation. Together with the Welsh Firm Hugh James, Irwin Mitchell are Lead Solicitors for the Claimants.
I am accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) as a Fellow. I am also accredited by APIL as an Asbestos Disease Specialist, as an Occupational Disease Specialist and as a Fatal Accident Specialist. I am also a member of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel.
"Roger Maddocks is recognised as a leading practitioner in industrial disease cases. His work often involves mesothelioma and asbestos claims, assisting clients from the construction and manufacturing industries. He also has experience in a variety of other workplace injury claims." and "is hugely experienced and an excellent tactical thinker, with no fear of taking on difficult cases.” - Chambers & Partners, 2020
"The Newcastle office [of Irwin Mitchell] is noted as being ‘very able, thorough and professional at all levels" and "particularly good for asbestos cases."
"Occupational disease cases are handled by Roger Maddocks, who has specialist expertise in workplace injuries." - Legal 500, 2020
"Hugely experienced and an excellent tactical thinker, with no fear of taking on difficult cases" - Chambers & Partners, 2019
Roger has "long and deep knowledge and experience relating to respiratory litigation" and sources describe him as "a very skilled operator" - Chambers & Partners, 2018
Roger "has considerable experience, exceptional judgement and very good interpersonal skills with the clients." - Chambers & Partners, 2017
"Gets incredible results and is on top of each case from beginning to end" - Legal 500, 2017
Commenters say: "There is not much about industrial disease he doesn't know; if he doesn't know it, it doesn't exist." - Chambers & Partners 2016
"Recommended for asbestos-related claims." - Legal 500, 2013
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
A desire to help achieve justice and redress for those who have suffered illness and injury from going about their work.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
Winning compensation for people whose lives have been blighted by accidents at work or occupational disease or for the families of those who have been killed. No amount of compensation can make good the loss of health or of a loved one but compensation can help and provide them with financial security.
What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?
I enjoy working as a member of a team, supported by the resources of the larger organisation, the National Law firm.