Andrew is Thompsons Solicitors’ head of asbestos casework, handling claims for asbestos related disease.

He is based in the Newcastle-upon-Tyne office.

An extremely experienced and knowledgeable personal injury solicitor with an impressive track record of getting substantial compensation for victims of asbestos related disease in the quickest time, Andrew has been involved in ground-breaking cases.

In addition to dealing with cases across Cumbria and the north east, as national practice lead Andrew overall supervises the work of Thompsons asbestos teams around the country and is responsible for case management.

With 18 years’ experience of handling difficult, challenging and, more often than not, tragic cases through the courts and to the House of Lords, Andrew has gained a reputation as a lawyer who is sensitive, thorough and professional.

Andrew’s extensive knowledge of mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases, gives him the ability to work speedily to get the maximum compensation, particularly during the lifetime of those with a malignant diagnosis.

Highly regarded as a lawyer who understands the trauma facing people with an asbestos disease diagnosis, whether it’s malignant or not, Andrew guides them through the legal process with care. Andrew also makes sure that his clients’ families are helped throughout the difficult and emotional time.

A tenacious champion of his clients, Andrew pursues employers and insurance companies with a dogged determination, despite the increasingly aggressive challenges they put up which make life even more difficult for claimants. Whether tracing employers and their insurers who no longer are in business, or finding the best medical expert, Andrew is hugely supportive to clients and their families.

Andrew values the Thompsons ethos of putting the client at the heart of everything they do and that sets it apart from other firms. Getting the best possible outcome for his clients in some of the most tragic cases is what Andrew finds most rewarding. In his spare time, Andrew likes to spend time with him family and travelling. The Lake District is a favourite place.


Andrew's case experience

Andrew pursued a claim on behalf of Steve Harris’ late mother who died from mesothelioma contracted from her husband’s clothes. Her husband (Steve’s stepfather), a shipyard fitter, had also died of the disease only a few years before and Andrew had handled that case. Andrew successfully sued and won compensation, but sadly, Mrs Edmondson died before the money was paid over.

Andrew successfully tracked down two companies that had dissolved years before to win compensation for an electrician exposed to asbestos in a factory in London. He later moved to the north east and became a prison officer. The two firms accepted liability just before he died and the claim was progressed by his wife.


Professional membership

Andrew is an Assessor for the Law Society’s Occupational Injury Accreditation Scheme, a Panel member and a senior litigator member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).



Steve Harrison, the son of a former Thompsons asbestos disease client, said:

“Just a note to say many thanks indeed for your hard work on my mother's compensation claim and thank you for the settlement cheque. If I lived a little closer than the South Coast, I would make a point of calling myself to say thanks in person. I know my mother was also very impressed at your professionalism on my father's case too. Many thanks indeed.”

Susan Withers, the wife of a former Thompsons asbestos disease client, said:

“I would highly recommend Thompsons Solicitors. My case was handled professionally and efficiently. Andrew Venn explained and gave advice every step of the way. He showed sympathy, compassion and understanding of what I was going through. I would like to thank Andrew for all his help, making the process less painful than it might have been." 

Lesley Drummer, the wife of a former Thompsons asbestos disease client, said:

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you most sincerely, not only for the outcome, but more especially for the way you handled the claim. Your thoroughness ensured all options were identified and tested, your attention to detail and persistence were outstanding. You were always professional but never remotely aloof in your approach. You were always kind, thoughtful and considerate and kept us in touch with agreed actions and progress as we proceeded through the past two and a half years. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”