Ian McFall is head of asbestos litigation, based in Thompsons’ Newcastle office. He has over 20 years’ experience of dealing with mesothelioma cases.

His national responsibilities include developing policy on asbestos litigation strategy, compensation and campaign initiatives. He works closely with trade unions, asbestos victim support groups and the teams of dedicated lawyers in Thompsons’ offices who specialise in handling asbestos cases.

The services of the specialist asbestos team at Thompsons are retained by major trade unions, asbestos victim support groups as well as many individual clients and family members who have been affected by asbestos disease.

Prior to becoming the head of the asbestos litigation team, Ian dealt with hundreds of successful asbestos-related disease cases from Thompsons Solicitors' Newcastle office including mesothelioma, asbestosis and pleural thickening.

Landmark asbestos cases

Ian has been involved in a number of landmark asbestos cases including:

Trigger issue test case

The successful mesothelioma “trigger issue” test case in the Supreme Court in 2012.

Barker and ors

The test case in the House of Lords in 2006 which led to legislation benefiting thousands of mesothelioma sufferers.

Pleural plaques

The pleural plaques test litigation in the High Court in 2005, the Court of Appeal in 2006 , the House of Lords in 2007 and subsequent political campaign which resulted in the Ministry of Justice introducing the pleural plaques extra-statutory scheme in England and Wales.

Mesothelioma Research

Ian is also proud to be a Patron of The Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund which has raised over £1 million to fund crucial research projects, improve diagnosis, treatment and care for mesothelioma sufferers and raise awareness of asbestos disease.