Gill is responsible for the most complicated “multi-track” cases where compensation is usually in excess of £25,000 and which tend to involve more than one defendant. She takes cases from all over the North East of England and Cumbria.
Gill combines her dedicated professionalism with a sensitive and caring approach to clients who are often fatally ill.
Gill became a qualified chartered legal executive in 2004 specialising in asbestos-related cases, having joined Thompsons in 1987 in a clerical and secretarial post. She was subsequently promoted to a paralegal role dealing with a wide range of personal injury cases and claims from clients who had sustained injuries on the road or at work. Since then she has accumulated more than decade of experience in her chosen specialism dealing in particular with claims related to asbestosis, pleural thickening, mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer. Some of her clients have contracted their condition because of their work with asbestos and others through “secondary” exposure such as washing clothes covered in the material.
Her central aim is to achieve the highest possible compensation for her clients given that they have suffered intense pain and clearly need compensation for future loss of pension. She is also aware that damages must be secured in the shortest possible time. Some of her clients have a strictly limited life-span and will need to know their families will be financially secure after their death.
Gill is a keen reader of crime stories away from work.
Gill's case experience
Here is a small sample of the asbestosis-related claims taken by Gill:
Gill secured £215,000 in damages for a client who contracted mesothelioma while working as an apprentice shipwright at three sites on Tyneside. The former shipwright did not show symptoms of the disease until 50 years later. His employers admitted culpability and Gill negotiated a settlement out of court.
A former cleaner who had been exposed to asbestos dust when she worked in high rise flats for the Borough of Lambeth, died just a month after being diagnosed with the disease. Her family pressed on with the compensation claim with Gill’s help. It was established that she came into contact with asbestos dust in the communal areas of the flats, but was never warned of the danger or given protective equipment. Lambeth conceded liability and out-of-court damages of £200,000 were secured.
A former shipwright came into contact with asbestos during the 1950s and 1980s at two sites in the North East of England. After suffering from severe chest problems, he was told he had a 90 per cent chance of developing lung cancer. A biopsy was found to be benign but he was diagnosed with diffuse pleural thickening which greatly impairs his mobility. His union contacted Gill and she secured a provisional settlement from his former employers’ insurers which means he can make a fresh claim if his illness worsens.
Since 2004 Gill has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and she became a Fellow in 2006.
Widow of asbestos disease client: “Gill Connelly and others have, after three years of hard work and diligence, brought a successful conclusion to my late husband's claim. Without her support and guidance this time would have been even more difficult. Thank you all who were involved.”
Asbestos disease client: “As a representative of Thompsons, I found Gill Connelly to be extremely efficient, very knowledgeable of the law and who always kept me up to date with every aspect of my case. I have never had to deal with a solicitor before and I couldn't have been in better hands.”