Amanda Jones is a partner of Thompsons Solicitors and a highly respected solicitor specialising in asbestos-related diseases.
Having joined Thompsons in 2004, Amanda works between the Cardiff and Llanelli offices, mainly the latter. She represents clients from all over Wales and the South West, most of whom are suffering from mesothelioma, an invariably fatal condition resulting from exposure to asbestos, often decades previously.
Apart from taking her own caseload Amanda also supervises the work of other lawyers in Bristol, Cardiff and Llanelli. Amanda not only represents men who have held industrial jobs, but many women who have contracted mesothelioma by handling the working clothes of family members.
Many of the claims are highly complex, especially in cases where the companies concerned no long exist. However Amanda has a UK-wide reputation for tracking down defendants and winning the compensation her clients deserve in a timely manner.
A key element of her job is keeping in close personal contact with the client who has been diagnosed with the disease, but also with family members. She makes a point of keeping them informed about the progress of their claims and speaking to them in plain English rather than legal jargon. Amanda understands the paramount importance of treating them with respect and compassion during a period of high stress.
Amanda’s expertise is renowned beyond the legal profession and she has been a guest speaker at annual training sessions for senior doctors in Wales. She is a supporter of Mesothelioma UK, Asbestos Awareness & Support Cymru and South West Asbestos Support and Guidance.
Outside work Amanda spends most of her spare time at the side of a football or rugby pitch supporting her sons who are keen sportsmen. She is a governor of Coedcae Comprehensive School in Llanelli.
Amanda was shortlisted for 'Claimant Lawyer of the Year' in the 13th Personal Injury Awards by Claims Media.
AMANDA’S CASE EXPERIENCE
The following is a small sample of the scores of successful claims Amanda has made on behalf of clients:
Amanda recovered damages of more than £500,000 for the family of a highly-paid electrician in a senior post who planned to work many years after the usual pensionable age. The man had contracted mesothelioma decades after he had been exposed to asbestos at Pembroke power station. Amanda built the case with the help of a specialist accountant and evidence from men all over the world who were working beyond normal retirement age in comparable senior jobs.
Amanda secured six-figure compensation for a woman who was exposed to asbestos when she regularly washed the overalls of her husband who worked as a cleaner at Devonport dockyard. The damages were partly used by Amanda’s client to adapt her home so that she was able to cope better with mesothelioma.
Six figure compensation was negotiated for a Caldicot man with advanced dementia who was diagnosed with mesothelioma decades after working for many years at Uskmouth power station. The client was clearly unable to cope with the legal process because of his mental condition and Amanda worked on his behalf through a court-approved “litigation friend”. She gathered evidence from previous cases of former employees at the power station who had also developed mesothelioma. Amanda was able to secure the damages within just six months of starting the legal process.
Membership of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers since 1999.
The Legal 500 organisation, which analyses the capabilities of law firms across the world, commented: “The 'responsive and approachable' team at Thompsons Solicitors LLP derives most of its claimant personal injury work as a result of its deeply embedded union ties. The team benefits from 'experienced solicitors in a wide range of fields with expertise spanning many years', including the 'excellent' Amanda Jones, who manages the asbestos sub-group.”
A client’s husband: “Amanda Jones has been most professional, thorough, compassionate and caring whilst investigating the potential compensation claim for my wife Jean's mesothelioma diagnosis. It was a long shot based on the tenuous employment link, but she persevered and we both appreciate the time and effort spent. Thank you”
A client’s family member said: “It would be honest to say that Matthew had his misgivings about proceeding with the claim, but as soon as he met Amanda he let these go, and put his trust in her entirely. I have nothing but praise for Amanda's professionalism, patience and her consideration, this is echoed by the rest of the family. This isn't about her knowledge of the law, nor the success of the claim, this is about how she treated Matthew, and her consideration for how he is handling his diagnosis. At every stage Amanda treated Matthew with empathy and compassion, and did everything in her power to make the process as simple as possible. Your support, wisdom and patience means a great deal.”
Client Mrs J of Llanelli: “Many thanks for the sympathy and understanding through such a difficult time.”
A family from Bridgend: “Thank you. We appreciate all you have done for mam and dad. We are so happy that you got to meet dad and understand the person who we loved dearly, and shaped our lives. With our love and thanks.”
A family from Bridgewater: “Dear Amanda, these flowers are a small measure of our appreciation. We cannot thank you enough for all your time, effort, knowledge and kindness that you put into our mum’s case. We will be forever grateful of the outcome and thankful that we can now move on from what has been a stressful time.”