Andrew is a Thompsons Solicitors’ highly experienced senior personal injury solicitor, specialising in all asbestos related disease claims for trade union clients, based in the firm’s Newcastle-upon-Tyne office.

As national practice lead, Andrew is responsible for the case management of all Thompsons asbestos disease claims throughout the country. Andrew has been involved with most of the firm’s big cases with an impressive track record of litigation up to and including the House of Lords. Regarded as highly professional, efficient, sensitive and thorough, Andrew aims to get the best possible outcome with the maximum amount of compensation for Thompsons trade union clients.

As well as handling his own case load across the north-east and Cumbria, including many high value mesothelioma claims and group claims, Andrew supervises the cases handled by other Thompsons lawyers in the asbestos teams around the country.

With 18 years’ specialist experience, Andrew has developed critical and comprehensive knowledge of asbestos related disease, its progress and the options available to clients. Andrew deals quickly and sensitively with claims to try to reach settlement during the lifetime of his trade union clients. The average survival for clients with a malignant diagnosis is counted in months rather than years.

Andrew is a tenacious litigator, used to fighting off challenges from insurance companies who are becoming more and more aggressive in contesting claims and making life more difficult for claimants. An expert at tracking down employers who have gone out of business and their insurers, he has recovered substantial compensation for members.

Trade union clients and their families rely on Andrew’s hugely supportive manner and find in him a formidable champion.

Although he deals with the most tragic cases, Andrew finds working for Thompsons most rewarding, especially having the opportunity of doing his best for the most deserving of his trade union clients. Andrew believes that what sets Thompsons apart from other firms is how the client is put at the heart of everything they do.

In his spare time, Andrew likes to spend time with him family and travelling. The Lake District is a favourite place.


Andrew's case experience

Andrew pursued a claim on behalf of UNISON member, Sandra Whitehead, who had worked as a hospital cleaner. She was exposed to asbestos when her first husband, who was a fitter in a Tyneside shipyard, brought asbestos home on his clothes and she washed them. Andrew won a claim against the shipyard for negligently allowing him to bring asbestos home on his overalls.


Professional membership

Andrew is an Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) senior litigator, a Law Society Panel member and an assessor for the Law Society’s Occupational Injury Accreditation Scheme.



Sandra Whitehead, a former Thompsons trade union asbestos disease client, said:

“I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t had Mr Venn and Thompsons Solicitors helping me through this tough time. Mr Venn took everything in hand and got the help I needed. He talked me through the forms and explained everything to me in plain terms and in the end got what he thought I was entitled to. He deserves a medal. Thank you.”