Industrial Disease

“The set has seen a particular increase in industrial disease work of late, on both the claimant and defendant side, with Andrew McLaughlin holding expertise in the area.” Legal 500 (2016)


Our industrial disease team have expertise across the whole range of industrial disease litigation.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer claims
  • NIHL and acoustic shock
  • Occupational asthma
  • Work related upper limb disorder (WRULD)
  • Stress at work cases including bullying and harassment
  • Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)
  • Chemical, microbiological and other COSSH claims
  • Dermatitis

Our team is lead by the formidable Andrew McLaughlin who is described in Legal 500 as “very skilled and experienced,” and is a recommended specialist in Chambers UK’s spotlight table for disease work. Our barristers range in call from 1975 through to 2009, and have the depth and breadth of experience required to deal with all levels of disease work, understanding the need for clear and practical advice in complex claims.

Recent successes include successfully representing the defendant in the Court of Appeal in the case of Coventry University v Mian [2014] EWCA Civ 1275, an appeal against a decision of HHJ Barrie that the university was liable to Dr Mian, a senior lecturer, for work-related stress. In 2013 defeating a huge claim for stress at work involving an 8 day High Court trial, and acting on behalf of the Bank of New York Mellon in connection with a claim in excess of £1 million by a former Head of Executive Office for stress at work, which was reported in the national press.

All members of the team are willing to travel to visit those clients terminally ill or suffering from mesothelioma. They pride themselves in the prompt turnaround of advices and other such written work that may be required.