Overview

The occupational illness team at 9 Gough Chambers specialises in particular in asbestos disease work. The team have written and published their own book entitled Asbestos Claims, Practice and Procedure. It is in its second edition and third edition is due to be published in Autumn 2015.

The team have extensive experience of mesothelioma claims, being able to provide expert advice on the issues of breach of common law and statutory duty given their extensive knowledge of the history of the emerging knowledge of the dangers of asbestos in the last century. The team routinely appear before the specialist masters at the RCJ and also before judges in the major provincial centres for the purposes of case management, which is crucial in cases of terminal disease where life expectation is short.

Our experience and knowledge of both breach and medical causation in this field mean that the team is superbly placed to provide clear and comprehensive advice in asbestos induced lung cancer and asbestosis claims when these claims are frequently complicated and challenging. We pride ourselves on giving realistic advice but also on being proactive in giving guidance as to how the prospects of success can be improved for the client. We are also expert in handling a terminally ill client or a distraught widow with care and sensitivity.

Our unrivalled experience in personal injury and fatal accident claims means that we are also able to provide expert advice and drafting in respect of quantum. We have a real specialism in issues concerning the calculation of future loss including pension claims and tax and benefit implications.

Recent cases include:

  • HMRC employment schedules – interim procedure proposed and endorsed by the RCJ – Yates v HMRC [2014] EWHC 2311.
  • Can a widow dying of mesothelioma as a result of being exposed to asbestos brought home on her husband’s clothes and who also died of mesothelioma bring a claim for the loss of the chance to bring a full dependency claim? – Haxton v Phillips International Plc [2014] EWHC 1034.
  • Hospice care found to be recoverable Drake v Foster Wheeler [2010] EWHC 2004.

Personal Injury Expertise

Asbestos Disease Work Barristers

Grahame Aldous QC


Call: 1979 Silk: 2008

Catherine Atkinson


Call: 2006

Giles Bedloe


Call: 2001

Laura Begley


Call: 1993

Simon Brindle


Call: 1998

Edwin Buckett


Call: 1988

Theodore Bunce


Call: 2018

Simon Butler


Call: 1996

James Byrne


Call: 2006

Jeremy Crowther


Call: 1991

Adam Dawson


Call: 2000

William Dean


Call: 2011

Laura Elfield


Call: 1996

Jeremy Ford


Call: 1996

John Foy QC


Call: 1969 Silk: 1998

Perrin Gibbons


Call: 1998

Stephen Glynn


Call: 1990

Sabrina Hartshorn


Call: 2001

Laura Hibberd


Call: 2013

Roger Hiorns


Call: 1983

Robert Horner


Call: 1999

Thomas Jones


Call: 2015

Cyrus Katrak


Call: 1991

Amelia Katz


Call: 2018

Edward Lamb


Call: 2006

Kate Lamont


Call: 2007

Jacob Levy QC


Call: 1986 Silk: 2014

Lucy Lodewyke


Call: 2018

Esther Maclachlan


Call: 2005

Stuart McKechnie QC


Call: 1997 Silk: 2018

Max Melsa


Call: 2015

Oliver Millington


Call: 2003

Giles Mooney QC


Call: 1998 Silk: 2019

Kyah Mufti


Call: 2016

Gaurang Naik


Call: 1985

Linda Nelson


Call: 2000

Jennifer Newcomb


Call: 2006

Johnathan Payne


Call: 1997

Helen Pooley


Call: 2012

Esther Pounder


Call: 2003

Tom Restall


Call: 2007

Hugh Rimmer


Call: 2003

Andrew Ritchie QC


Call: 1985 Silk: 2009

Ben Rodgers


Call: 2007

John Schmitt


Call: 2013

Bruce Silvester


Call: 1983

Abigail Stamp


Call: 2004

Gurion Taussig


Call: 2001

Holly Tibbitts


Call: 2010

Tara Vindis


Call: 1996

Vincent Williams


Call: 1985

Ben Zurawel


Call: 2010

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