Your Legal Friend has appointed specialist solicitor Rebecca Thomas to further strengthen its asbestos related illness team.
Rebecca Thomas joins with over six years’ experience specialising in asbestos claims having previously worked at Roberts Jackson Solicitors, Birchall Blackburn Solicitors and GHP Legal.
During her career, Rebecca has settled complex and high-value mesothelioma cases including one which exceeded £100,000 which involved a secondary exposure claim for a wife who would wash her husband’s clothes which were covered in asbestos dust through his work as a caretaker maintaining boilers lagged in asbestos. She is also experienced in claims involving noise-induced hearing loss, hand arm vibration syndrome, carpal tunnel and vibration white finger claims.
Rebecca joins a team of five which handles mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening cases and is headed up by Joanne Candlish who joined Your Legal Friend in August 2017.
Joanne has over 25 years’ experience, is a senior litigator member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and specialises in mesothelioma and asbestos related lung cancer claims.
She has represented clients in several high-profile cases including alongside HM Coroner for Liverpool in the Judicial Review which challenged the HMRC’s policy decision not to disclose employment records to coroners and families in fatal disease cases. This successful challenge eventually led to the policy being overturned.
Joanne Candlish, Solicitor and Department Manager for Asbestos at Your Legal Friend, said: “The number of asbestos related industrial disease claims we’re looking after is rising, so we’re investing in hiring specialist talent who complement our established and successful team.
“Over 5,000 workers including tradespeople and teachers die because of exposure to asbestos and we try our hardest to bring some form of justice for our clients and their families.
“Rebecca has a strong track-record and the right attributes to help us provide the highest level of support to victims of employer negligence and their loved ones, in what is a highly complex and sensitive area of law.”
Rebecca added: “Your Legal Friend has a fantastic reputation for caring for its clients in a professional and considerate manner. I’m looking forward to working amongst a very experienced team and providing clients with the best possible service at what can be a very difficult time for them and their families.”