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Leigh Day hosts Action Mesothelioma Day event

The lethal consequences of asbestos exposure were marked on 4 July 2014 on Action Mesothelioma Day

Action Mesothelioma Day 2014

7 July 2014

4 July 2014 marked Action Mesothelioma Day 2014.  Events were held up and down the country to raise awareness of mesothelioma, a devastating form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure.

Leigh Day hosted an event organised by London Hazards Centre.  The event was marked by a symbolic release of white doves in remembrance of those who have developed mesothelioma.

The meeting co-ordinated by Paul Street of London Hazards Centre hosted a range of speakers on subjects related to mesothelioma including a talk from Phil Lewis of Unison / London Hazards Centre, Dan Shears, GMB Health and Safety Organizer, Tony O’Brien from The Construction Safety Campaign.  Rachel Thomas, a Specialist lung cancer nurse from Guy’s Hospital spoke about the work of the Guy’s & St Thomas Mesothelioma Support Group and Vince Hagedorn spoke about the campaigning work of the Asbestos in Schools group.

Leigh Day partner, Daniel Easton and Phil Lewis introduced the film “Janice” which tells the story of Janice Allen, a mesothelioma sufferer, who was represented by partner, Harminder Bains, in a claim against Marks & Spencer concerning her exposure to asbestos whilst working on the shop floor in the late 70s/early 80s. 

Harminder said “so far two phases of people have been mainly affected by mesothelioma.  The first phase was those, like her own father, who worked directly with asbestos in industry.  The second phase concerned those such as electricians who, by undertaking their daily work, were exposed to asbestos.  The third phase concerns those like Janice who simply work in buildings which have been constructed from asbestos”.  Leigh Day represents victims of mesothelioma who have been exposed in public buildings such as banks, offices and hospitals.

Leigh Day is happy to support London Hazards and their commitment to keeping us all safe in our place of work.  We fully endorse their wish to set up a London Asbestos group and Harminder Bains is to be Chair of the group once it is established later this year.

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