Heather is a solicitor in the asbestos team based in Thompsons’ Newcastle office, covering the North East of England and Cumbria. 

Having qualified in 2009, Heather specialises in asbestos-related disease work, often representing innocent workers and their families who have developed an asbestos-related pleural disease (including pleural thickening), asbestosis, mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer

Heather deals with cases involving employer’s and public liability, including occupier’s liability, secondary exposure (for example overalls exposure) and environmental exposure.

Heather prides herself on providing a high-quality service to all of her clients, drawing on her strong negotiating skills to ensure that they receive the maximum amount of compensation in the shortest time possible. Her aim is to win compensation which will provide her clients with financial security and she has experience securing funding for her clients to access private medical treatment where needed. 

As an experienced senior solicitor, Heather uses her legal knowledge and skills to pursue complex, multi-defendant claims. She also has significant experience in tracing the insurers of employers who ceased trading many years previously.

She feels privileged to work for a firm dedicated to seeking justice for working people and which is committed to acting for claimants only. She particularly enjoys working for Thompsons because of its strong sense of social justice and longstanding relationships with trade unions and their members.

Outside work, she enjoys spending time with her two children. 


Heather’s case experience 

  • Recovered £27,500 for a client who developed pleural thickening as a result of asbestos exposure sustained while working at numerous shipyards, obtaining a provisional damages order so that the former caulker burner can recover further damages in the event that his disease progresses or he develops another asbestos-related condition.   
  • Secured £99,000 for the family of a shipyard electrician whose diagnosis of asbestosis only came to light following his death, obtaining witness evidence and using evidence from Thompsons’ extensive archives to support the case. 
  • Secured £82,000 in compensation for a labourer who developed asbestosis and lung cancer as a result of working in a factory where asbestos products were manufactured, despite the employer’s insurer disputing the diagnoses and alleging the lung disease was a result of  smoking.




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