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Kevin Johnson is one of the ‘leading solicitors in the North West for asbestos claims’; he has an ‘extremely reassuring manner with clients’. – Legal 500 2017
Kevin is “very experienced in this field and an extremely capable lawyer." – Chambers and Partners 2017
Kevin Johnson is an experienced asbestos and mesothelioma claims lawyer who qualified in 1999.  He has nearly 20 years’ experience of occupational disease claim cases.  

Kevin joined Leigh Day in December 2016 from Slater and Gordon, having also worked at John Pickering and Partners.  He heads up asbestos cases in and around Liverpool and Merseyside.

Kevin represents people who have been exposed to asbestos in the workplace, many of whom go on to develop the fatal asbestos cancer mesothelioma.  He has recovered compensation for a large number of dockworkers, shipyard workers and Merchant Navy seamen in the Merseyside area who suffer from asbestos illnesses such as asbestosis, pleural thickening, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

As well as acting for asbestos sufferers from the traditional heavy industries like shipbuilding, construction and engineering, Kevin has acted for teachers, publicans, solicitors and shop workers exposed to asbestos at work.  He has also acted for asbestos sufferers who contracted mesothelioma from coming into contact with family members who came home in asbestos contaminated work clothes.

He is ranked as a band 1 lawyer in Chambers and Partners where the 2016 edition described him as "a true leader in his field" and praised him for his "excellent understanding of the issues related to asbestos litigation and claims in the UK." The 2017 edition said he was “very experienced in this field and an extremely capable lawyer," and noted that "he ensures that each case is presented as well as possible to maximise the compensation that can be recovered for the clients."

Legal 500 2015 ranked Kevin as a ‘leading individual’ and said the ‘determined and cerebral’ Kevin Johnson is rated for his work in industrial disease claims.

Kevin has represented asbestos disease sufferers in high value and complex claims, and has obtained several awards of compensation in excess of ½ million pounds.

Leading cases

 
  • Dowdall v William Kenyon & Sons and 2 others [2014] EWHC 2822, Kevin successfully represented a mesothelioma victim to recover damages against previously untraced employers despite the claimant having agreed ‘full and final’ damages for his development of asbestosis against different employers in a previous claim.  The judge rejected the defendants’ legal arguments including in relation to limitation and allowed the claim to proceed even though it was found to be 13 years out of time.
  • Sturdy v James Marmon & Sons, Lawtel, 26/11/2008, Kevin successfully opposed the Defendant’s attempt to reduce damages for mesothelioma compensation below recommended Judicial Guideline figures.
  • Hutchings v Invista Holdings (2009), unreported, Liverpool County Court. This was a high value award and judgment dealing with the successful recovery of relatives’ flight costs from Australia to the UK to visit their father with mesothelioma.
  • Kevin acted for a former ship worker with mesothelioma who worked at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, Wirral. His case settled in just over four months, and as part of the same case he also recovered compensation for a hospice in Liverpool who cared for him at the end of his life. 
  • He acted for a mesothelioma sufferer who was a dockworker at Liverpool Docks.  He was exposed to asbestos when he worked for the National Dock Labour Board and had to offload sacks of asbestos from ships. Kevin dealt with the claim urgently and was able to settle the case and recover compensation in just over two months from when he was very first contacted.
  • He acted in a case for a gentleman with mesothelioma against the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council.  The London Borough took over land and built homes on the site of the former Cape Asbestos factory in Barking, Essex.  He carried out detailed research including obtaining statements from local residents and individuals who had made previous claims and also obtained court disclosure of documents from the Council.  As a result, he was able to identify that the gentleman visited family members in areas where construction work was carried out which involved the disturbance of soil contaminated with asbestos materials and a claim was made on the basis that he developed mesothelioma as a result of this exposure.  The claim was successfully settled and compensation was recovered.

Kevin is accredited as an occupational disease specialist and asbestos disease specialist law by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and is an APIL assessor for applications for asbestos accreditation.  This means that he is involved in assessing internal and external lawyers and advising whether they have the necessary skills and experience to be classed as an accredited specialist asbestos lawyer. He is a Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. He is also a member of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel.

Kevin is regularly invited to speak on occupational and asbestos litigation at medical and legal conference and seminars.  He has spoken at and also chaired conferences for the Merseyside Asbestos Victims’ Support Group and has spoken about asbestos litigation issues to lawyers at a conference in Australia.  He has written articles for legal journals and contributed to a textbook for lawyers called “Occupational Illness Litigation.”

He was co-opted by APIL into a group of specialist asbestos solicitors to advise the government on ways to speed up the compensation system for mesothelioma sufferers.  He was also invited to make submissions to the Asbestos Sub-Committee of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health in relation to ways to ensure fairer compensation payments to mesothelioma sufferers.

Accreditations

  • APIL accredited asbestos lawyers
  • APIL accredited occupational disease lawyer
  • APIL Fellow
  • Chambers and Partners
  • Law Society personal injury accredited lawyer
  • Legal 500 2017 Recommended lawyer

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