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1 Asbestos news Spring 2007 Contents Siren, the string quartet who performed at the FFW fund raising event for mesothelioma research 2. Fund raising event for mesothelioma research 7. Cape Plc asbestos fund m compensation recovered for 7. Damages recovered for tip worker asbestos disease sufferers 3. Government overturn mesothelioma ruling 8. Lorry driver s family able to claim compensation after he gave witness evidence for a colleague 4. Victory in Symptomless Pleural Plaques Test 9. Insurers attempt to deny responsibility six weeks before Case trial 4. High Court procedure for mesothelioma cases 10. Former fi reman with mesothelioma: claim settled within his lifetime 5. Mesothelioma Summit 13th March Damages recovered from mask manufacturer 5. British Lung Foundation: Mesothelioma 11. Insurers traced and claim pursued quickly Awareness Campaign 6. Mesothelioma sufferers lobby Parliament for 11. Exposure to asbestos from overalls treatment 6. Court awards compensation to include 12. Contacts chemotherapy not available on NHS

2 Fund raising event for mesothelioma research With over 20 years experience of assisting victims of asbestos disease, we at Field Fisher Waterhouse were pleased to support St Barts research to find a cure for mesothelioma. The event raised 22,000 for the Barts Mesothelioma Research Fund. The research directors are Dr Jeremy Steele and Dr Robin Rudd. The event took place on 25th November 2006 in the Great Hall at St Bartholomew s Hospital and the guests were entertained by Siren, one of Europe s most versatile string quartets. The event was organised by a committee, co-chaired by Harminder Bains of Field Fisher Waterhouse. Harminder is only too aware of the need to find a cure for mesothelioma as her own father died from it. Photo shows Dr Jeremey Steele, Astero Klabasta, Mark Langley, Adam Dawson, Harminder Bains and Harry Steinberg 100M compensation recovered for asbestos disease sufferers This summer we broke through the 100 million damages barrier. In over 20 years of acting for asbestos disease sufferers, Rodney Nelson-Jones and his team have now recovered over 100 million compensation in over 1,750 successful cases. We continue to recover damages for clients in over 100 cases per year. 02

3 Government overturns mesothelioma ruling Barker v. St Gobain Properties Plc and Corus UK Plc (House of Lords 3 May 2006) The Compensation Bill received Royal Assent on 25 July 2006 which means victims of the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma now receive full compensation. The Compensation Act 2006 will now ensure quicker and simpler recovery of compensation by mesothelioma victims. The Compensation Act followed a potentially devastating blow to sufferers of mesothelioma by the House of Lords which decided by majority decision (4:1) that where someone was exposed to asbestos by a number of different employers each employer was only liable to compensate in respect of their share of the damages. This would have created huge difficulties for those suffering from this crippling disease. Many employers who exposed their workers in the past have since gone out of business. Because their insurers cannot be traced, the Judgment had the effect of reducing the compensation payable to mesothelioma victims and their families. It also had the effect of prolonging cases whilst extensive searches were made for the insurers of long-dissolved companies. The Judgment therefore reduced the amount of compensation to which claimants were entitled. We campaigned with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and the Parliamentary Asbestos Sub-Committee for the Government to legislate and overturn the Judgment. We lobbied the Department for Constitutional Affairs and the Department for Trade and Industry. In a letter to the Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer and John Hutton, the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions Rodney Nelson-Jones, partner in charge of our asbestos claims department, wrote: If companies and insurers kept proper records of their insurance policies there would never be any shortfall at all in respect of post 1972 asbestos exposure because it would always be ascertainable who the insurers of the insolvent company were. The fact is this is far from being the case. In practice, it is entirely the fault of negligent asbestos employers and their insurers not at all the fault of claimants. It would therefore be standing justice on its head to make innocent claimants bear the cost of failures on the part of employers and insurers. Worst still, on a practical level the insurance industry is never going to keep good insurance records if a decision such as Barker lets them reap the reward of failing to do so. there is an urgent case in the name of justice for acting immediately to overturn the effect of the Barker decision. The lobbying by lawyers, Trade Unions and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers had an effect. On 13 June 2006 Tony Blair told the GMB conference in Blackpool: I regret that Judgment. I am looking at the moment to see the best opportunity for us to change it. If we can change it, we will. I hope to announce something on this in the next couple of weeks. We are delighted that the government promptly amended the Compensation Bill to restore the rights of those suffering from mesothelioma, and their families. Asbestos news 03

4 Victory in symptomless pleural plaques test case Rothwell v. Chemical & Insulating Company Limited and Twelve Others FFW won 26,000 damages for a client who suffers from pleural plaques, an asbestos related disease which according to the Court of Appeal should not be compensated in English law. Ellis Hindson, a 59 year old from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, was exposed to substantial amounts of asbestos whilst working as an insulation engineer for The Thermal Insulating Company Limited between 1965 and He was given no protection from breathing in asbestos and no warning of its dangers. In 2003 he was diagnosed with pleural plaques permanent scarring of the lining of the lung caused by the asbestos fibres he inhaled. He now has a 20% risk that he will suffer from fatal asbestos cancer at some point during the rest of his life. Mr Hindson s case was introduced into the Pleural Plaques Test Litigation along with 9 other test cases, first heard in the High Court in December In these cases the Defendants argued that as pleural plaques do not give rise to respiratory disability or chest pain, damages should no longer be awarded for them in English Law. Peter Williams acted for Mr Hindson and had already obtained Judgment, so the question of whether his plaques was a serious enough injury to be awarded damages at all was not in issue, however the case was included in the test litigation to show the serious nature of this condition. In February 2005, Mr Hindson was awarded 7,000 in the High Court, the same as Claimants with lower risks of asbestos cancer. FFW appealed. In February 2006, the Court of Appeal upheld Mr Hindson s appeal, whilst at the same time ruling in the other cases by a majority verdict of 2:1 that pleural plaques were not in fact an injury serious enough to warrant any award of damages. That is subject to an appeal to the House of Lords to be heard in June Despite this, Mr Hindson s case was referred back down to the High Court for re-hearing on the amount of damages he should be awarded. The case came before Mr Justice Wyn Williams between 29 and 31 January In the Judgment handed down on 19 February 2007, Mr Hindson was awarded 26,000 damages to include compensation for the permanent scarring of the lining of his lungs, for the future risk that he may contact asbestos cancer and for his potential future loss of earnings. This result recognises that those with permanent scarring on the lining of their lungs caused by asbestos exposure, who face an uncertain future through no fault of their own, do have significant claims. We hope that the House of Lords will agree to restore the right of the others to claim for this disease when they hear the test cases in June High Court procedure for mesothelioma cases The courts have recognised that mesothelioma cases need to be conducted quickly. Master Whitaker, a procedural Judge in the High Court in London, has introduced a 04

5 successful procedure that is increasingly being followed in other parts of the country. Early in the case he holds a case management conference at which: Judgment is entered against Defendants if they do not have a realistic defence; Such Defendants are ordered to make an interim payment of 47,000 on account of damages; Early hearing dates, often within three to four months, are fixed for the final damages to be assessed. Where it is suitable to pursue mesothelioma claims as quickly as possible, we have been using this procedure to complete claims for living mesothelioma victims within six to nine months of their first instructing us. Mesothelioma summit 13th March 2007 On 13th March the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) held a Mesothelioma Summit at which the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, John Hutton, set out proposals to provide faster court procedures for compensation claims, as well as faster benefit procedures, for everyone suffering from mesothelioma. John Hutton promised reform of the Pneumoconiosis Scheme. Currently, only people who contract mesothelioma through exposure to asbestos at work are eligible to claim lump sum awards from the State. The awards are presently made under the Pneumoconiosis Etc (Workers Compensation) Act For the first time, these awards will be available to those who were exposed to asbestos environmentally, eg from living near a factory using asbestos. People who were self employed will also be able to claim awards, as well as those who were exposed to asbestos brought home on overalls by relatives. Those who develop mesothelioma but who cannot remember any asbestos exposure at all will also be able to claim an award. The proposed changes would provide financial support, within six weeks of a claim being made, to people who were not previously eligible. The summit was part of the process that is intended to improve the handling of mesothelioma claims and to benefit all mesothelioma sufferers. The summit was attended by a wide variety of groups who have an interest in the issue. Rodney Nelson-Jones attended on our behalf. British Lung Foundation: mesothelioma awareness campaign We are happy to support BLF. Harminder Bains attended the Action Mesothelioma Parliamentary reception on 27th February 2007 at the House of Commons. At the reception, the Mesothelioma Framework was launched. This framework aims to provide Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs), cancer networks, Primary Care Trusts (PTCs) and NHS Trusts with advice on how to organise services for mesothelioma patients in order to improve quality of care to a uniformly high level across the country. The framework can be found on the Department of Health website at Watch Mesothelioma-The Human Face of an Asbestos Epidemic on YouTube. The Forum for Asbestos Victims Support Groups produced a video which can be seen on YouTube at Asbestos news 05

6 Mesothelioma sufferers lobby Parliament for treatment Mesothelioma sufferers and their families lobbied Parliament on 17th October 2006 at the Grimond Room, Port Cullis House to demand funding for treatment of the chemotherapy drug, Alimta (Pemetrexed Disodium). Alimta has been provided by manufacturers through the NHS to mesothelioma sufferers during extensive clinical trials. It was found to be clinically effective and is the only licensed treatment for mesothelioma. NICE (the National Institute for Clinical Excellence) in their final appraisal of Alimta, has independently found that Alimta is effective for the treatment of mesothelioma, but that it is too expensive. As a result the primary care trusts that pay for most NHS treatment will probably cease to fund treatment with Alimta. Even now the current limited availability of Alimta means that mesothelioma patients are subjected to one of the worst forms of post code lottery. Mesothelioma sufferers, their doctors, nurses and asbestos victims support groups are demanding that mesothelioma sufferers have the option of treatment with Alimta. If the NICE decision is not overturned then some but not all mesothelioma sufferers will be able to claim the cost of treatment with Alimta in compensation claims as in our case of Dahele v Thomas Bates & Son Limited. However, most will not be able to afford private treatment before their case is settled. In this way clinical treatment and the length and quality of life depends more upon the uncertainties of litigation than upon clinical need. Dr Jeremy Steele of St Bartholomew s Hospital: Alimta with Cisplatin is the only licenced treatment for mesothelioma. It is available throughout the EU. It seems quite wrong that UK patients are denied it. It is not a cure, but can improve quality and length of life. This treatment has been tested in a very large research trial. NICE is wrong to say that Alimta needs further testing before it can be funded. Testing will delay availability for years with obvious consequences for those affected. We supported the lobby of Parliament, together with the Forum of Asbestos Victims Support Groups and the All Party Asbestos Sub-Committee (Chair Michael Clapham MP). Further appeals are being heard and NICE is due to make a decision in autumn Meanwhile, many patients are being denied this drug. Court awards compensation to include chemotherapy not available on NHS Harminder Bains acted for Mr Dahele, winning him 400,000 damages in the High Court for his contraction of mesothelioma. The agreed award to father of two aged 52 of East London, is believed to be one of the highest made in such a case. Whilst working on three tower blocks in Stratford, East London, between 1975 and 1977, Mr Dahele was regularly exposed to asbestos fibres. He was required to saw and drill asbestos-laden dust and debris as scaffolding was removed from above him. Mr Dahele was diagnosed with mesothelioma. Mr Dahele had received Alimta Pemetrexed and Cisplatin at St Bartholomew s Hospital, London, but had been told by his treating consultant, Dr Jeremy Steele, Director of Bart s Mesothelioma Research, that although a further course would be beneficial it would not be available on the NHS. As a result, we included the cost of obtaining it via the private sector in the court action. Acting for Mr Dahele, we sued the company for which he worked as a carpenter at the time, 06

7 Thomas Bates & Son Limited of the Old Brickworks, Romford. The company admitted liability after cross-examining him at his home. At court the company conceded Mr Dahele s claim for nursing care and equipment in the sum of 18, and the cost of private chemotherapy treatment in the sum of 20,000. Cape plc asbestos fund Cape plc are a large multi-national company. They and their former subsidiaries exposed thousands of employees to asbestos dust either as insulation engineers or at their asbestos factories in Uxbridge and Harts Lane, Barking. They are probably sued more than any other company by ex employees suffering the effects of asbestos disease. Cape is a very profitable company. It makes profits of about 10M per annum and pays about 3M per annum as a result of compensation claims every year. It can afford it. In 2005 Cape proposed to set up the Cape Asbestos Fund. It was a proposal to ring fence a pot of money to pay asbestos related claims against Cape now and in the future. The claims are expected to continue for another forty-five years. Cape thinks it is more likely to be able to pay claims if it sets aside and tops up a sum of money which cannot be used for any other purpose. Cape will put 40M in the fund to begin with. It believes that this should be enough to pay claims for the next eight years and following that if there is sufficient money Cape will review the fund every three years and top it up if it has sufficient cash. Cape has sent out proposal forms to all ex employees asking them to vote on the scheme. If the scheme is approved it will become legally binding and the fund will substitute the right to claim compensation against Cape itself. The choice facing ex employees is a very difficult one. A vote for the scheme will mean the fund will be set up and claims will be guaranteed at least for the next few years and perhaps beyond that. There is no guarantee that Cape will agree to top up the fund in future years or say it has sufficient cash to do so. However voting against the scheme would mean that Cape has to remain solvent and make profits to pay compensation claims. If it gets into financial difficulties, there will be no funds set aside to pay any claims. Damages recovered for tip worker Brian Pinney v. Cleanaway Limited Peter Williams acted for Brian Pinney who was employed by Cleanaway Limited as a tip marshal at their landfill site in Medenbridge, Ockendon, Essex between 1984 and His duties included standing on the edge of the tip about two metres high whilst beckoning lorries laden with asbestos materials back towards him. The lorries then tipped asbestos material below his feet. The material included bagged asbestos waste and also asbestos sheet material. In addition he drove a compactor lorry with a shovel in front of it pushing the dumped asbestos mixture in to the bottom of the tip. The wheels caught on the asbestos bags which ripped and created dust in the atmosphere around him. He was also required to clean dust which may have included asbestos from radiators of the compactors by using a compressed airline which created dust around him. He was provided with a paper mask but no further protection nor warning that inhaling asbestos dust was a potential risk to his health. Asbestos news Asbestos news 07

8 In February 2004 he developed a cold which settled on his chest and which he could not clear. He had x-rays and tests at Basildon Hospital and was diagnosed with mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure. Cleanaway denied they negligently exposed Mr Pinney to asbestos dust. They produced documentation to state that all proper procedures were followed and produced witness evidence to allege that Mr Pinney was given proper protection and warning. They alleged that he would have only been exposed to tiny amounts of asbestos dust if at all. Witness statements were taken from Mr Pinney s colleagues who confirmed his recollection of the exposure. Specific disclosure of all documents in relation to asbestos being dumped at the site were ordered and twelve boxes of documents reviewed. The documents revealed that up to four hundred lorry loads of asbestos waste were deposited at the site in each month between 1984 and 1988 a huge amount. In a 1986 report concerning the site it was stated: The only substantial release of dust came from the road liner carrying asbestos cement and millboard. In this case the driver was standing beside the backdoors of the vehicle and was directly in the path of the dust cloud formed when the asbestos material slid out of the liner and crashed to the ground. The potential hazard is obvious and the driver wore no protective clothing. The Defendants continued to deny liability. A report from a consulting engineer was obtained and confirmed that if the claimant s and his witness evidence were to be accepted then Cleanaway were negligent in exposing him to asbestos dust. Trial was set for 18 July All matters remained in dispute. An offer of 150,000 was rejected by the claimant on advice. Finally three days before the trial the case was settled in the sum of 200,000 to include damages for Mr Pinney s illness, his nursing care, future financial loss and losses for the fact that he could no longer care for his thirty-one-year-old disabled daughter. The case was conducted on a no win, no fee agreement at no cost to Mr Pinney who received his damages in full. His case was completed within ten months. Lorry driver s family able to claim compensation after he gave witness evidence for a colleague Watts v. 600 Leasing Limited and EMI Group plc Harminder Bains acted for Mrs Watts, a widow. Her husband was employed by the First Defendant then known as Cox & Danks Limited (for whose liabilities the Second Defendants or their insurers became responsible) for approximately 15 months between 1961 to 1963 as a lorry driver. Mr Watts would load scrap metal on to his lorry. He worked at various sites such as Tate & Lyle factory at Silvertown in East London, Greenwich Gas Board, Green & Silley Weir and Harland Wolff. He would be required to remove asbestos lagging from any pipe work and boilers with a hammer and chisel before loading it on to his lorry because his employer was paying for the scrap metal and not for the lagging attached to it. He was not provided with a mask whilst removing the asbestos. 08

9 He then with his colleague loaded the scrap metal onto his lorry and unloaded it in the scrap yard at Bow. Mr Watts was not aware he had an asbestos related disease when he kindly gave a statement to FFW for a colleague s case. He had originally been diagnosed with smallcell lung cancer. However, after his death, it became clear his death was in fact caused by mesothelioma. His widow was therefore able to recover damages in the sum of 78,631. Harminder Bains who acted on behalf of Mrs Watts recalls that when she telephoned Mr Watts and asked him if he was available to take a statement on his colleague s case he gave no indication that he was ill himself and unable to attend the offices of FFW to take a statement. However, when he attended to take a statement, it was quite obvious that he was suffering and this just shows how remarkable Mr Watts was in that in his time of suffering he had no hesitation in assisting a colleague even though at the time he had no idea that in future years his evidence would help his family obtain compensation for his own death. Insurers attempt to deny responsibility six weeks before trial B v. G Ltd Michael Osborne was instructed by the parents of Mr B in a claim for damages arising from their son s death, aged 48, from mesothelioma earlier that month. No statement had been given by Mr B but we obtained witness evidence from former colleagues which confirmed his having been exposed to asbestos dust whilst working for G Ltd between 1966 and Mr B made fireplaces, which involved cutting and fitting asbestos rope. G Ltd was dissolved in Zurich Commercial responded to an enquiry we made under the Association of British Insurers Code of Practice for tracing insurers and confirmed that they were the relevant insurers. An Order restoring G Ltd to the Companies Register was obtained in April This allowed the claim to proceed against the company and court proceedings were issued in May The case was listed for trial in February Some six weeks before then, Zurich Commercial wrote to say that having reviewed their papers they no longer considered that they were the relevant insurer. They declined to deal with the claim any further and their solicitors came off the record. The claimant was, therefore, faced with a dissolved company which had no assets and had no information about who the correct insurers were. On 28 January 2003 we presented to the Court the claimant s witness evidence and the Judge made an Order against G Ltd for damages to be assessed. This Order would, however, have no monetary value unless and until the correct insurers of G Ltd were identified. Mr Osborne managed to locate the former company secretary and the typist/administrative assistant of G Ltd (a woman who is now 86 years of age). Both said that they recalled that the employer s liability insurers of G Ltd at the relevant time were General Accident. After some persuasion, both were prepared to make witness statements to this effect. The successor to General Accident, Norwich Union, initially declined to accept that they were Asbestos Asbestos news news 09

10 the relevant insurers, as we were unable to produce any documentary evidence in support. They did instruct solicitors, however. After their solicitors met the company secretary Norwich Union were persuaded to accept that they were responsible for the claim. Settlement was achieved on a full liability value in December Former fireman with mesothelioma: claim settled within his lifetime G v. Essex County Council In July 2003 Michael Osborne was instructed by Mr G who had mesothelioma. The client had been exposed to asbestos dust whilst serving as a fire fighter in the Essex Fire Brigade during the period 1972 to In particular, Mr G had fought fires in farm buildings which had asbestos corrugated roofs and these roofs often shattered in the course of fires. Also, after fires had been put out, Mr G pulled down internal walls and false ceilings which contained asbestos, as well as asbestos corrugated roofs to check for hot spots which could cause a fire to reignite. Mr G also cleared debris, which included asbestos materials, after fires had been put out. He was not provided with any protection against breathing in asbestos dust. Mr G had served as a seaman in the Royal Navy between 1963 and 1971, but did not recall any exposure to asbestos dust during his service. Proceedings were issued against the authority responsible for the Essex Fire Brigade, Essex County Council in In spite of the unusual circumstances of Mr G s exposure to asbestos, we felt that we had strong arguments that the fire brigade was negligent in requiring Mr G to work, after fires had been put out and danger had passed, in areas where he was exposed to asbestos dust without offering him any protection against breathing this in. Mr G s claim settled out of Court in March 2004 for approximately the full liability value of his claim. Damages recovered from mask manufacturer Doris Walker v. Invensys plc Doris Walker was exposed to asbestos when employed by Siebe Gorman & Company Limited between or around 1944 and She was employed by them at their premises in Tolworth, Surrey, manufacturing diving suits from asbestos containing materials. The work involved sewing pre-cut asbestos materials together to form the suits. The patterns were cut out of asbestos material in the same room, generating dust and debris. The cuttings and other debris were swept up raising further dust into the air. The case was conducted by Andrew Morgan who realised that Siebe Gorman & Company Limited were also manufacturers of respiratory protective equipment designed amongst other things to protect workers from exposure to asbestos dust. Therefore despite the very early 10

11 date of exposure there were good prospects of establishing that the company had special knowledge of asbestos risks and should therefore have protected their workers. After much research and lay witness evidence the claim was settled for its full value of 65,000. Doris Walker died leaving no dependents. Insurers traced and claim pursued quickly Chalkley v. Pierson & Company (Engineering) Limited Mr Chalkley Instructed Andrew Morgan in relation to his mesothelioma. He worked for Peirsons Engineers of Mile End for some twenty years as a steel erector. Although he identified the company s address it was insolvent and he had no knowledge of its insurers. Andrew instructed insurance archaeologists to locate the appropriate employer s liability insurers. If they could not be located there was no paymaster to pay the claim. The insurance archaeologist did discover documents confirming that Iron Trades/Chester Street were on risk for Piersons of 130 Eric Street, Mile End over a certain period. Although there were two similarly named companies at that address at various times and Iron Trades/ Chester Street denied that they were the appropriate insurers Andrew issued proceedings. An early trial date was fixed. Sadly Mr C died six weeks before the trial but Andrew was able to retain the trial date and continue the claim for the benefit of his Widow. The case settled a few days before trial for the full value of just under 98,000. Exposure to asbestos from overalls Costello v. Newham Borough Council Peter Williams acted for Mrs June Costello who contracted mesothelioma. Mrs Costello had never worked with asbestos nor had she lived near an asbestos factory. Her son Mark had worked as an apprentice plumber for Newham Borough Council between 1980 and He recalled working with asbestos by occasionally stripping it from pipe work, taking out bath panels and crawling along spaces which contained asbestos laden pipe work, leaving debris on his overalls. He took his overalls home where his mother shook them outside the back door. She was thereby exposed to the dust. Peter Williams issued proceedings against Newham Borough Council and obtained witness evidence from Mark s work colleagues to confirm that asbestos exposure did indeed occur with the Council at this relatively late stage. Despite the fact that Mrs Costello would have been exposed to relatively small amounts of asbestos, proceedings were issued and the case pursued to a speedy trial. The case was settled at full value three days before the hearing. The case was conducted under a no win, no fee agreement at no cost to Mrs Costello. Asbestos news 11

12 Contacts Rodney Nelson-Jones, Partner Rodney is head of the group. He has specialised in asbestos disease claims for over 25 years. A leading legal directory commented that Rodney has achieved a fantastic amount for people with occupational diseases. In 2002, he received the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers annual Award for Outstanding Achievement. Peter Williams, Partner Peter has specialised in asbestosrelated disease claims since he joined the team in He gives annual talks to solicitors on asbestos claims for Central Law training. He is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel. Andrew has specialised in cases involving industrial diseases including asbestos diseases since He is Coordinator of the Occupational Health Group of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and an APIL Fellow. He advises the Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Asbestos. Andrew Morgan, Partner Michael Osborne, Solicitor Michael has acted solely on behalf of sufferers of asbestos diseases and their families since joining the fi rm in March He is a member of the Steering Group for the British Lung Foundation s mesothelioma awareness campaign and an APIL Fellow. Harminder is a Fellow of ILEX and APIL with over 15 years experience and specialises in acting for victims of asbestos diseases. She has extensive trial experience having been involved in a multi-party test case, which concluded after a 6 week trial. Her cases have featured in the Law Reports. Harminder Bains, Legal Executive Laura Wykes, Solicitor Laura trained with FFW and qualifi ed in September She specialises in asbestos disease claims and is an APIL Litigator. She has already recovered substantial damages for clients with Mesothelioma. Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP 35 Vine Street London EC3N 2AA t. +44 (0) f. +44 (0) This publication is not a substitute for detailed advice on specifi c transactions and should not be taken as providing legal advice on any of the topics discussed. Copyright Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP All rights reserved. Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales (registered number OC318472) and is regulated by the Law Society. A list of its members and their professional qualifi cations is available at its registered offi ce, 35 Vine Street, London, EC3N 2AA. We use the term partner to refer to a member of Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP, or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and qualifi cations.

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