Chartered Legal Executive, Michelle is part of Thompsons Solicitors’ North East of England asbestos disease team and is based in Newcastle.

Michelle has nearly 25 years of legal experience, beginning her career at Thompsons in 2001 as a legal secretary and specialising in asbestos-related diseases since 2002. 

Managing asbestos claims that involve employer’s liability, public liability and environmental and secondary exposure, Michelle’s case load primarily consists of non-malignant diseases such as pleural plaques, pleural thickening and asbestosis. Additionally, Michelle has experience of litigating Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) claims including diagnoses of dermatitis, asthma and Legionnaire’s Disease. 

Michelle is also responsible for investigating and securing compensation for non-malignant, lung cancer and mesothelioma claims against the T&N Asbestos Trust, as well as being the Newcastle office’s coordinator for the US Asbestos Trust, advising on the eligibility of UK-based claims against American asbestos manufacturers. 

A highly competent and knowledgeable litigator who never loses sight of the human cost behind her cases, Michelle’s main focus is to recover the maximum amount of compensation for her clients, while ensuring the process for them remains as stress free as possible.  

The best thing about working for Thompsons for Michelle is being able to obtain justice and compensation for hard working men and women and their families. 

In her spare time Michelle enjoys taking part in women’s Olympic weightlifting. 

Michelle’s case experience

Mesothelioma claim: Michelle represented Mrs H who contracted mesothelioma as a result of working at the Washington Chemical Works. Mrs H wasn’t directly employed in the factory, but was employed as a typist in the offices. On occasions however, Mrs H was asked to go down to the factory to hand out the wages to the workers, where she was exposed to asbestos dust. 

The T&N Asbestos Trust accepted liability for Mrs H’s condition and Michelle was able to secure an award of over £128,000 for Mrs H during her lifetime.

Legionnaire’s Disease claim: Michelle represented Mrs L, an agency worker, who was diagnosed with Legionnaire’s Disease as a result of negligent exposure by her contracted employer. Michelle obtained supportive medical evidence of Mrs L’s condition, as well as additional medical evidence which confirmed that she had also suffered from depression and PTSD as a result of her illness.

The defendant admitted liability and Michelle was able to recover a substantial award of compensation for Mrs L. 


Mr Roy McGlen, who Michelle represented during an occupational asbestosis claim, said: “To Michelle and staff, thank you for all your hard work.”

Mr Robert McPhilomey, Michelle’s former client, said: “(Michelle’s) service was excellent. Explained everything. Would recommend company to family and friends and whoever needs help.”