Asbestos solicitor Lorna leads the Thompsons Solicitors south east region specialist asbestos team from the firm’s Dagenham office.
After joining Thompsons as a legal secretary in 1991, Lorna climbed the ranks and qualified as a solicitor in 2006. During her studies, Lorna continued in her role as an asbestos case handler at Thompsons.
Lorna has concentrated solely on asbestos cases since 1999 and has experience of working the various legal roles involved in securing compensation for those suffering from mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, pleural thickening and asbestosis.
With an extensive knowledge of holding to account employers who have negligently exposed their staff to asbestos, Lorna is a leading solicitor in her field.
Methodical and meticulous, Lorna oversees colleagues undertaking asbestos cases, conducts training sessions on the subject with trade unions and Thompsons employees and represents individual clients.
A passionate and accomplished asbestos litigator, Lorna combines her legal expertise with a kind and open approach to clients and their loved ones, who often receive compensation after a family member’s death.
Lorna has a close working relationship with a number of trade unions and is a “go to” person on asbestos-related matters for organisations that represent workers in the region. Lorna is also active in a charitable asbestos support group in the south east.
The primary objective for Lorna is that she repays the trust her clients place in her by ensuring they receive the justice and compensation they deserve.
After Thompsons spotted Lorna’s potential to become a successful solicitor, the firm was happy to provide financial support for her legal training. Lorna has remained at Thompsons for more than 25 years and has seen many changes, but is pleased the company has never deviated from only ever representing the injured and mistreated.
In her spare time, Lorna says her feet are kept “well and truly on the ground” by her two young daughters.
LORNA’S CASE EXPERIENCE
Mesothelioma claim: Lorna represented a former train driver and railman who developed mesothelioma in his 40s. Despite regularly being exposed to asbestos at work, he was not warned about the risks or given personal protective equipment. Tragically Lorna’s client died of the illness before litigation was finished, however Lorna secured £350,000 in compensation for his family.
Asbestosis claim: Lorna represented a British Rail employee who contracted asbestosis after being exposed to the material at work. Although Lorna’s client did not work directly with asbestos, he worked in an area where it was prevalent. Lorna secured £80,000 in damages for her client from British Rail’s insurers.
Lorna is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is registered as a senior litigator.
Mr H, a Fire Brigade Union (FBU) member with mesothelioma, said: “From the very first meeting after taking on my claim I have received nothing but a very professional approach and an exceptional knowledge of my particular problem which has resulted in a most satisfactory settlement for my family.”
Mrs A, widow of a private client who died from mesothelioma, said: “Thank you seems such a small word but it means a lot. Thank you. I never thought I would get as much nor that I would get anything. My husband had great faith in you.”