Thompsons Solicitors brought about the first ever successful case for asbestos-related disease compensation in the UK in the House of Lords in 1972 and is established as the leading firm of asbestos litigation solicitors.

Our specialist solicitors resolutely pursue compensation claims against employers and insurance companies for clients who suffer from asbestos-related diseases.

There are several different types of asbestos-related disease. Thompsons Solicitors specialise in the full range of asbestos disease compensation claims including pleural thickening claims, mesothelioma claims, lung cancer claims and asbestosis claims.

Asbestos disease is caused by the inhalation of asbestos dust and an asbestos disease can take decades to develop. Symptoms, treatment and a patient’s prognosis vary according to the type of asbestos disease a person is suffering from.


Charlie developed mesothelioma after he was exposed to asbestos at work. With our help, he was awarded compensation.

At Thompsons Solicitors, we will support you through every step of your asbestos compensation claim, providing expert legal advice, as well as access to a network of support services and medical professionals. 


1. What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a natural fibre that was widely used in construction and other industries until it was banned in the 1990s due to its links with serious illnesses, including cancer. It was mainly used as insulation and to protect buildings from fire, and is often found around pipes and boilers, but also in homes, workplaces, schools, hospitals and public places.

2. What is an asbestos-related disease?

An asbestos-related disease is a disease resulting from an individual being exposed to and inhaling asbestos dust. Asbestos-related diseases include asbestosis, mesothelioma, pleural thickening and lung cancer. These illnesses can take decades to develop and their symptoms, treatment and prognosis vary.

3. What is an asbestos disease compensation claim?

An asbestos disease claim is a legal process taken by someone who has developed an asbestos-related condition as a result of being exposed to asbestos. The claim aims to secure financial compensation from those responsible – often an employer, past or present, who allowed the asbestos exposure to take place. Typically their insurers will pay out the asbestos disease compensation awarded.

If you are diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness in the UK, you may appoint a lawyer to explore an asbestos disease compensation claim.

4. Who can make an asbestos disease compensation claim?

Anyone who has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease within the last three years should contact Thompsons Solicitors to find out if they can make a compensation claim. The three year time limit for making an asbestos disease compensation claim relates to the date of diagnosis – not the date the exposure took place, which is often decades in the past.

Family members and loved ones of people diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease can also bring claims against those responsible on their behalf.

5. Could I have been exposed to asbestos?

Asbestos was widely used and it can still be found in buildings today, so a huge range of people could have been exposed to asbestos.

People who work in construction such as plumbers, electricians, fitters, boilermakers, shipbuilders, carpenters and joiners are susceptible to asbestos exposure and family members of people working in these industries can often suffer from asbestos-related illnesses including pleural thickening, asbestosis and mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos dust brought home on their overalls. 

We have also supported clients who have lived or played near areas where asbestos was present.

6. The company I worked for when I was exposed to asbestos no longer exists. Can I still make an asbestos-disease compensation claim?

Even if the employer no longer exists, Thompsons Solicitors’ team of specialists can still pursue a claim by tracing their former insurer. Where we cannot trace the insurer, there are other schemes through which you may be entitled to claim. Thompsons has an unrivalled track record of winning asbestos disease compensation claims on behalf of people whose former employer sought to hide their history of exposing workers to asbestos.

7. My loved one has died of an asbestos-related illness. Is it too late to hold their employer to account?

It is possible to make a claim for compensation for a relative who has died of an asbestos-related illness. Ordinarily, this should be done within three years of their death, though there are exceptions to this rule. For more information about these exceptions, contact Thompsons Solicitors.

8. How much does it cost to make an asbestos disease claim for compensation?

There are many ways to fund a claim. If you are a trade union member, you and your family are entitled to free legal advice and support from our specialist asbestos lawyers. Every year, Thompsons Solicitors provides free support to thousands of trade union members, who keep 100 per cent of the compensation we secure.

If you do not belong to a trade union, there are other funding options to consider – including a no win, no fee, or conditional fee agreement. More detail can be found on our fees and payment page.

9. How much compensation could I get for an asbestos-related disease?

Compensation is case specific and calculated by looking at a range of factors, including your level of pain or suffering, any disability it has caused, financial losses and care costs.

10. How long will it take for my case to be settled?

It is the priority of every specialist asbestos solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors to quickly establish the facts of the case, identify the parties responsible, make applications to the courts for interim payments (an immediate payment to meet and immediate need) and ultimately work towards achieving a successful outcome within the lifespan of the affected party.

Every case is different but Thompsons Solicitors will always seek to secure maximum compensation in the shortest time possible.

11. How do I make an asbestos compensation claim?

If you or a relative believe you may be entitled to compensation for an asbestos-related disease, fill in our quick online claim form and a member of our legal team will be in touch within 24 hours to discuss your case. Alternatively, you can call us on 0800 0224 224.