Alison is a senior asbestos solicitor, based in Thompsons Solicitors’ Manchester office, covering cases in the north west of England.

With more than 25 years legal experience, Alison joined Thompsons’ asbestos disease team after leading cases involving serious and personal injuries and industrial diseases. Alison is compassionate and effective when dealing with claims for her clients, who are often coming to terms with the news that they only have a few months to live.

The asbestos diseases Alison’s clients suffer from include mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening. Empathetic and highly resourceful, Alison provides crucial legal support and advice to clients and their loved-ones when they need it most. Alison also attends meetings at Greater Manchester’s asbestos victim support group.

A motivated and successful litigator, Alison unswervingly pursues justice for her clients. As many asbestos claims often relate to exposure several decades before and involve firms that may have gone out of business, her ability to scour historical records and locate insurers who are now liable is a considerable asset to those Alison represents.

Alison is adept at working as quickly as possible to bring cases to a satisfactory conclusion for her clients and their families.

Because the majority of cases Alison deals with involve mesothelioma, her biggest priority is to ensure sizeable compensation is secured, so that her clients know their families will be provided for in the future.

Alison enjoys working at Thompsons because the firm only ever acts for claimants and those who are on the side of working people, rather than for employers or insurers. Knowing that her legal representation has a made a real difference to people’s lives is very rewarding, says Alison.

In her spare time Alison volunteers for Child Line.


Alison's case experience

Mesothelioma claim: Bob Tucker, a former electrical engineer for a paper manufacturer, developed mesothelioma after being exposed to the fibre at work between 1969 and 1978.

Under Alison’s representation, Mr Tucker received a settlement of £425,000, as well as provisions of at least £100,000 to cover future medical treatment.

Mesothelioma claim: Alison secured compensation of £361,421 at the High Court for the widow of Colin Wolstenholme, who died aged 70 of mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos whilst working for a specialist flooring firm.

Lorraine Wolstenholme’s compensation included £90,000 for the ‘pain and suffering’ caused to her husband, £25,000 to cover the provision of his care, £30,000 for the loss of ‘non-financial dependency’ on her husband, £40,000 for lost earnings and £97,000 for financial dependency loss.



Arnold Ray, who Alison represented after he developed asbestosis, said: “Alison Barnard of Thompsons at Manchester was a credit to her profession. I am 83 years of age, and nothing was too much trouble for her in pursuing my claim.”

John Cubbage, a former Thompson’s personal injury client, said: “I would like to say thank you to everyone at Thompsons who worked on my claim and brought it to a satisfactory conclusion. May I express a special thank you to Alison Barnard, who worked both professionally and with care throughout.”