Asbestos has left a devastating legacy – it is the greatest single cause of work-related deaths in the UK.

Employers and insurance companies want to consign their track-record of exposing workers – and those around them – to the history books. But at Thompsons, we know that for thousands of families every year, forgetting about asbestos is not an option.


A lasting legacy

Despite being banned over 20 years ago in the UK, asbestos materials are responsible for thousands of serious illnesses and deaths every year.

Many buildings including factories, schools, hospitals, and council buildings that were built before 1980 in the UK had asbestos used in their construction. Every day, local authority workers, construction workers, children, teachers, nurses, and doctors are at risk of exposure to asbestos if it isn’t identified and contained properly, and that in turn means a risk of developing an asbestos-related disease. 

The use of asbestos may be a thing of the past, but its consequences are being felt in the present by those directly affected by diseases like mesothelioma, and those who have lost loved ones prematurely as a result of past asbestos exposure.

Although there are no new imports and uses of asbestos here, there are still thousands of tonnes present in our national infrastructure. We should also take this as an opportunity to remind people why this ban is vitally important. In these times of political instability, the repeal of the asbestos ban is not beyond the realms of possibility.

Andy Turner Sheffield and Rotherham Asbestos Group (SARAG)


Who is affected by asbestos?

Asbestos is most often associated with tradespeople, shipbuilders, railway carriage builders, and those in other manual labour roles, such as power station construction. It particularly affects those who worked in those industries before 1999 when the ban was introduced.

However, asbestos exposure is not just limited to the workers themselves. Every year, we help family members of those who worked with asbestos, who have contracted an asbestos-related disease as a result of secondary exposure when asbestos dust fibres have been brought back into the home on the worker’s clothes.

In some cases, we’ve supported clients who have developed asbestos diseases as a result of childhood exposure from living and playing near factories where asbestos was being manufactured.


Fighting for victims

We have unrivalled experience and expertise in asbestos claims, which means our lawyers naturally understand the traumatising effect that an asbestos disease diagnosis can have for sufferers and their loved ones.

In 1972, we brought about the first-ever successful asbestos disease case in the UK to the House of Lords. Since this landmark ruling, we have been involved in every significant asbestos test case. It’s second nature to us to trace the insurers of companies that have long-since gone out of business, or have been incorporated under different names, to bring a claim years after exposure. 

Our specialist team also holds the UK’s largest asbestos register allowing people to record when and where they were exposed. This gives us unique insight into asbestos exposure locations and an unmatched resource of potential witnesses to help support any claims.

We're privileged to act for the victims of asbestos disease. This video is dedicated to our clients and their families who have faced the horror of asbestos exposure.

Lisa’s dad, Billy, passed away after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. We helped Lisa to hold his past employers accountable for his asbestos exposure.

Our #PastButPresent campaign aims to give a voice to sufferers, their families and communities that continue to be affected by asbestos-related diseases, ensuring their stories of past exposure are not forgotten today.

Getting support for an asbestos-related disease

If you or a loved one think you may be suffering as a result of asbestos exposure, our asbestos experts can help you. They can provide legal guidance and signpost you to a number of support services and medical professionals in your area.