Thompsons Solicitors is one of a handful of specialist asbestos law firms to be recommended by Mesothelioma UK during a recent review of its legal partners. The social justice law firm has been awarded a coveted place on the Mesothelioma UK legal panel in recognition of its significant expertise in fighting for the rights of asbestos victims.

After winning the first-ever successful asbestos disease claim in the House of Lords in 1972, Thompsons Solicitors has continued to pave the way for asbestos litigation in the UK. The firm has an unparalleled record in asbestos disease litigation, and has supported tens of thousands of families who have been affected by asbestos diseases, including mesothelioma.

Between 2015 and 2018, the firm secured more than £125 million for asbestos disease victims across the UK, bringing hundreds of defendants to book over their role in exposing innocent workers to the toxic substance.

Helen Tomlin, a specialist asbestos solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors, said: “Thompsons has a long history of fighting for the injured, being proven as specialists in asbestos litigation through our strong links with the trade union movement and the Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK, among others.

“Our accreditation with Mesothelioma UK confirms our status as a leading, specialist firm.”

Breathing in asbestos fibres can lead to the development of mesothelioma, a devastating and fatal form of cancer. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), almost 50,000 men and almost 9,000 women died of the disease between 1981 – 2017. Today, on average 2,500 lives are lost to mesothelioma in the UK each year, many as a result of exposure to asbestos decades before, especially those who worked in industrial or manual roles.

Ms Tomlin continued: “It is our privilege to act for victims of asbestos disease, and offer them a legal recourse against those who put them at risk. We look forward to working with Mesothelioma UK to continue to represent those families because, in reality, the fight against asbestos is not over.”

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