During a career spanning more than 25 years, Alison gained experience leading cases involving industrial diseases and serious and personal injuries before moving to Thompsons’ asbestos disease Team. Alison is capable and compassionate when leading claims on behalf of her clients, many of who are often dealing with the fact they have been given a fatal diagnosis.
Alison’s clients suffer from a range of asbestos diseases, including asbestosis, pleural thickening, asbestos-related lung cancer and mesothelioma. Highly-skilled, with an empathetic and understanding manner, Alison provides vital legal support to clients and their families during times of acute stress. Alison also works with trade unions and attends an asbestos victim support group in Greater Manchester.
A driven and accomplished litigator, Alison single-mindedly pursues the best possible legal outcomes for her clients. Asbestos claims often relate to exposure that occurred several decades previously, and may involve companies that are no longer trading, meaning Alison’s ability to scour documents and find insurers who will have to accept liability is of considerable benefit to her clients.
Alison is proficient at moving cases along as quickly as possible to achieve a satisfactory outcome for her clients and their families.
As a large amount of her cases involve mesothelioma, Alison’s main priority is to achieve a significant amount of compensation, leaving her clients’ secure in the knowledge that their families will be provided for after they are gone.
Alison values Thompsons’ commitment to only ever acting for claimants and trade unions and their members. Alison says the knowledge that her legal representation has made a difference to the lives of her clients is very rewarding.
Outside of work, Alison volunteers for the Child Line charity.
Alison's case experience
Mesothelioma claim: Alison secured a £425,000 settlement and provisions of at least £100,000 to cover future medical treatment for Unite member Bob Tucker.
Mr Tucker, a former electrical engineer, was exposed to asbestos during his work for a paper manufacturer between 1969 and 1978 and subsequently developed mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma claim: During a High Court hearing, Alison secured more than £361,421 for the widow of Colin Wolstenholme, who died aged 70 after a long battle with mesothelioma. Mr Wolstenholme developed the condition after he was exposed to asbestos while working at a flooring company.
Lorraine Wolstenholme’s compensation included £90,000 for her husband’s ‘pain and suffering’, £25,000 for the care she provided him, £30,000 for the ‘non-financial’ loss of her devoted husband, £40,000 for lost earnings and £97,000 for the loss of financial dependency.
A Unite member, who was represented by Alison during a personal injury claim, said: "I would first of all like to thank Alison Barnard for her first class work she did for me. I can't think of anything you could do to improve to your service as in my opinion it was first class.”
A retired Unite member, who is suffering from asbestosis, said: "My solicitor Alison Barnard was a credit to her profession. Nothing was too much trouble for her in pursuing my claim.”