Background

Paul has dedicated over 20 years to acting for individuals and the families of those suffering from asbestos-related disease. Initially, Paul established an in-house asbestos team within a law firm, but then developed a legal practice of his own, representing those who have become ill as a result of asbestos exposure. He has worked with over 500 individuals, many union members, who have developed mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural thickening or asbestos-related lung cancer.

Covering London and the South East, Paul works closely with the unions whose members are most at risk of developing an asbestos-related disease and with the London Asbestos Support Awareness Group.

In addition to his case work, for which he has a reputation for not giving up the fight and obtaining maximum damages for his clients, Paul is involved in supervision, training and mentoring of colleagues and both talks and writes on asbestos-related matters.

Away from work, Paul seeks to keep fit, follows both Harlequins Rugby Club and Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club and is studying for a Master’s degree.

 

Paul's case experience

G Cox v Transco PLC [2006] EWCA Civ 127
A claim for a client with mesothelioma who was able to give evidence at the case trial and was successful both at first instance and in the Court of Appeal. Despite Mr Cox changing his evidence to his own detriment, the defendant’s application for the trial judge to recuse himself and their appeal against judgment were both defeated.

V Johansson-Corcoran v West Yorkshire Strategic Health Authority
The claimant’s mesothelioma was attributed to working as a hospital cleaner. The defendant argued that any exposure to asbestos dust was below allowable health and safety minimums. The case was expedited to a full High Court trial and, Paul having arranged for a private ambulance to enable her to attend court, the client bravely gave evidence in person. Judgment was awarded in the claimant’s favour at the end of a three day trial.

DL (Deceased) v Ministry of Defence
DL had died from mesothelioma prior to the family instructing Paul and DL’s old employer had ceased trading and was uninsured. The claim was made against the occupier of premises where DL had been exposed and Paul obtained judgment in favour of the family at a preliminary hearing. The defendant’s response was to obtain permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal, but an agreement was reached out of court, on favourable terms.

SC v Royal Borough of Kingston Council
SC’s stepfather was a caretaker at a school and was exposed to asbestos when working in the school’s boiler house. SC and her mother lived in the caretaker’s house and she was exposed as a child and young adult when helping her mother with household laundry. By the time she had developed mesothelioma, there was no direct evidence available from either parent as they had both died some years previously, however Paul successfully negotiated a settlement.

 

Testimonials 

Former client and union member: “A very big thank you for your wonderful help with my husband’s claim”.​