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I head up the Asbestos-Related Disease team in Bristol. I specialise exclusively in helping people and their families who are suffering illness because of asbestos exposure. I've been working in this field for most of my working life and am very passionate about helping people who are affected by these diseases, through no fault of their own and usually many years after the exposure happened. I'm often working with clients at a time when they were looking forward to enjoying their retirement.
I work hard to make everything run as smoothly as possible for my clients and therefore seek to resolve claims as quickly as possible. I am qualified as a solicitor in Canada as well as England and Wales. I often speak at conferences and in 2013 chaired a ground-breaking conference on inquests and post-mortems in mesothelioma deaths.
"Truly excellent" - Legal 500, 2018/19
“Highly reliable” and renowned for her “first- class knowledge”, in particular of asbestos-related claims, and her excellent client skills.” - Legal 500, 2017
"I want express mine and my family’s gratitude to Virginia Chalmers for her professionalism, patience and understanding in reaching a settlement in respect of my late husband’s death from mesothelioma almost a year ago. At a very difficult time she visited us more than once, taking copious notes and talking us through the claim procedure. She has the rare gift of communicating well at all levels and put us all at our ease. We shall never be able to thank her enough for all she has done for us as a family and would recommend her without hesitation."
"Considerate yet professional, Ginny provided our family with a considerate and caring service during a difficult family time. We were given full and careful explanations throughout the process and were treated with respect and dignity at all times. We’d fully recommend Irwin Mitchell, particularly Ginny, for all legal advice and representation."
“Irwin Mitchell, and especially Virginia Chambers, have been a pleasure to work with. They have dealt with a very sensitive situation with great compassion for my family. They have always kept us informed with how the case was progressing. They have always been approachable and friendly. I would definitely recommend them.”
“We soon realised we were dealing with a very experienced and thorough Solicitor in Virginia Chalmers. She spend a great deal of time talking with my late husband and advising us of the claim. After his death she explained all the calculations making it so easy to understand and was a pleasure to meet. We built a very friendly relationship which made the emotionally difficult discussions very comfortable. Everything discussed was formally followed up by letter. I cannot speak more highly of the company and Virginia."
“They are a wonderful team of solicitors and I couldn't have asked for better. I was always kept informed throughout the whole process and everything was explained to me in detail so I could understand it fully. Also they got me the outcome I had hoped for. Many thanks for all your kindness and help."
"Virginia Chalmers and Alexandra Lausen continuously gave my family professionalism, expertise and treated us with the utmost sensitivity while they managed our claim. They were proactive at every step, ensuring we understood every detail. Never once we were left wanting, or uncertain by the use of legal terminology or process. We always felt our case was in the very best of hands, and never once doubted any fact had not been thoroughly researched prior to any correspondence or meeting. My family will remain eternally grateful for all of their help."
"Irwin Mitchell was recommended to my father through his medical treatment for mesothelioma. Ginny (Virginia) Chalmers carefully and sensitively led my father and our family through the legal process. My father passed in March 2018 and Ginny continued to work with us and follow through with my father's wishes. I live in Australia and she kept me fully informed at all times via email. She is easy to talk to and compassionate, she understands that it is a painful process and no amount of money will replace a loved one. Thank you so much Ginny."
“The reality is thousands of people are dying due to asbestos exposure in the past. The majority of those were exposed at work, and were completely unaware of the dangers of the hazardous material. There has also been a rise in the past five years of people becoming ill who simply washed the clothes of workers decades ago as the harmful asbestos fibres were thrown into the air.
“Workers’ Memorial Day is an important time to reflect on the terrible impact that asbestos has had on so many lives. These HSE figures highlight the tragic reality that we see day to day in our work.”
Mesothelioma is an extremely aggressive, and sadly, incurable form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos dust fibres, with sufferers often only developing symptoms decades after their exposure.
“During Nicholas’ time with Longwell Green Coachworks it was a major company in Bristol, employing hundreds of workers.
“We are appealing for anyone who worked at Longwell Green Coachworks in the late 1970s, and especially on US landing craft like Nicholas, to come forward with any information they have about the presence of asbestos and what measures were in place to protect workers from exposure to the harmful dust and fibres.
“While medical staff cannot do anything for Nicholas with regards to curing his cancer, we at last hope we can provide Nicholas and his family with the vital answers they deserve regarding his diagnosis before it is too late.”
David’s death just 10 days after his diagnosis sadly highlights the devastating consequences that being exposed to asbestos, often decades previously, can have and how rapidly a person’s condition can deteriorate.
“Sadly David was never able to provide full details of how he came into contact with the harmful material. The speed at which the mesothelioma claimed the life of a much-loved husband and dad has a profound effect on Sheila and the rest of the family.
“We would appeal for anyone who remembers working with David, especially colleagues at Portishead Power Station, to come forward and help David’s family gain the vital answers as to what caused his cancer.”
“The first Asbestos Regulations, to manage the use of asbestos because of its danger to health, became law in 1931, so to learn that people were exposed to the fibres much later is very upsetting for the individuals or the families who come to us.
"Asbestos was commonly used in industry and the building trade for many years and, tragically, although employers ought to have known of the dangers it posed to the health of their staff, they did not implement safety measures and warnings to protect workers from inhaling the toxic substance.
“More than 2,500 people die in the UK every year from mesothelioma – a number which is likely to rise over the coming years due to the common use of asbestos in the building trade in the 1970s. This is why we support Action Mesothelioma Day, with the aim of ensuring that this disease, which affects thousands of victims and their families every year, is never far from public consciousness.”
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