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"Dynamic" and "effective" lawyer Harminder Bains is known for her wealth of experience in handling catastrophic injury and asbestos-related claims. Sources describe her as a "leader in her field," adding: "She shows an imaginative and fresh approach to the legal problems facing victims of asbestos diseases." – Chambers and partners 2019
Harminder Bains is a "brilliant" industrial disease and serious injury solicitor who is noted for her willingness to take on difficult claims. "She absolutely goes for it - she doesn't mind if a claim looks too risky if she thinks it's right."  – Chambers and partners 2017

Harminder is joint head of the asbestos and mesothelioma team. She specialises in catastrophic injuries arising from road traffic accidents and work accidents and mesothelioma and asbestos disease cases.

She has over 20 years' litigation experience and has taken numerous cases to trial, the longest one involving a six week trial relating to a complex multi-party action regarding dust exposure in the glass industry.

Harminder successfully gave evidence on behalf of her client in court after being cross-examined by the defendants in a limitation trial.

Several of her cases have set precedents and have been reported.  

Notable cases include:

Brain injury cases include:

  • A v B – a complicated brain injury case in which an interim payment in excess of £700,000 was obtained.  The case settled for over £3million.  The case involved complex issues regarding mental capacity.  The capacity was split, i.e. the brain injured client was found to have capacity to litigate but not capacity to deal with financial affairs.  
  • C v D - Obtained just under £6 million for a  young man who sustained a serious brain injury as a result of a car crash. This was enough money to cover the cost of a new home, loss of salary and ongoing expenses for the rest of his life.
  • Acting for Ben Lewis who suffered a life-threatening brain injury when he was involved in a road traffic collision in Majorca. Watch Ben's story.

Costs cases include:

Legal directory Chambers UK 2012 describes Harminder as an “excellent negotiator” and Legal 500 2012 refers to Harminder as being “courageous and dedicated”. Legal 500 2012 says “Feisty and extremely experienced and effective”.  Chambers and partners 2015 says: Harminder Bains is described as "extremely dedicated and persistent. Legal 500 2017 says Harminder is ‘highly motivated and a formidable opponent’ and has expertise in asbestos cases and serious injury claims while Chambers and partners 2016 said “I have never met a person more tenacious, dedicated and committed to her clients and the judicial process. She is "dynamic" and "a brilliant negotiator". 

Harminder has personal experience of the cancer mesothelioma as her own father died from the disease having been negligently exposed to asbestos whilst working for the MOD in the naval dockyard in Chatham, Kent.  She has helped to set up DBL, a Charitable Trust, to raise funds for mesothelioma/cancer research.  To date, she has helped to raise £60,000.

Harminder is an APIL Fellow and advises the Parliamentary Asbestos Committee and is active in lobbying the Government on numerous issues.

In April 2019 Harminder was awarded the Alan Reinstein Award at the 15th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference.

Harminder in the news and publications:

Asbestos disease sufferers v LAPSO Partners in Costs Issue 16 Autumn 202

High Court legal challenge: High Court hears challenge from Asbestos Victims Support Group Forum UK SARAG News September 2020

Think tank lambasts UK asbestos regulation ENDS 26.11.19, New report reveals UK children’s exposure to asbestos Ekklesia 26.11.19

Supreme Court sets out test for disclosure of court documents to non-parties. First published in LexisNexis PSL 6.8.19

Court upholds non-party's right to access various documents disclosed at trial (Cape Intermediate Holdings Ltd v Dring). LexisNexis 17.8.18

Court levy U-turn for asbestos victims Law Society Gazette 3.7.15

A Just Result, Harminder discusses the successful judicial review of government changes affecting mesothelioma victims APIL PI Focus 14.11.14

Court considers mesothelioma and recovery of success fees Lexis PSL Personal Injury 22.10.14

High Court mesothelioma victory, Harminder was lawyer of the week in the Law Society Gazette 13.10.14  

What could the introduction of the Mesothelioma Pre-Action Protocol mean in practice? LexisNexis interview 23.9.13

Government’s Proposed Reforms Will Create Great Injustice to Victims of Mesothelioma PIBULJ 20.9.13

Key cases


  • Chambers guide to the legal profession
  • Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer

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