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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
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". – Chambers and partners 2016

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 are as follows:


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.

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.
 

Harminder in the news and publications:

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

Accreditations

  • APIL
  • Chambers guide to the legal profession
  • Legal 500 2016 Recommended lawyer

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