Background

Based at Thompsons Solicitors’ Newcastle-upon-Tyne office, Heather represents clients with asbestos-related diseases from all over the North East and Cumbria.

Heather’s clients suffer from a range of extremely serious conditions, including asbestos-related lung cancer, pleural thickening, asbestosis and mesothelioma. She routinely deals with cases that involve employer’s and public liability, including occupier’s liability, secondary exposure (for example overalls exposure) and environmental exposure.

Heather qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and has worked with Thompsons’ asbestos disease team since then. As an senior specialist lawyer, Heather pursues complex cases including those where the asbestos exposure occurred with more than one employer. Given the extremely long incubation period of some of these diseases, she is also skilled in tracing the insurers of organisations which ceased to exist many years ago.

Heather uses her legal knowledge and her negotiating expertise to secure the highest possible compensation. She has also helped clients secure funding to finance private medical treatment where needed.

She tries to achieve the quickest possible settlement, given that many of her clients wish to see their claims resolved during their lifetime, ensuring their families are financially secure.

Heather is proud of Thompsons’ insistence on representing the victims of injustice rather than those accused of causing the injury. She points out that the firm has a long and proud history of fighting for social justice.

Away from work, Heather spends as much time as possible with her two children.

 

Heather’s case experience 

  • Secured £99,000 in damages for the family of a shipyard electrician whose diagnosis of asbestosis only emerged after his death, proving a link with former employers through evidence from witnesses and Thompsons' wide-ranging archives.
  • Won a £27,500 provisional settlement for a former shipyard worker who contracted pleural thickening. He will be able to obtain further compensation if his condition worsens or if he develops other asbestos-related diseases.
  • Secured £82,000 for a labourer who was diagnosed with lung cancer and asbestosis after working in a factory that made asbestos products, despite the employer’s insurer disputing the diagnoses and arguing that the lung condition had been caused by smoking. 

 

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