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Harminder Bains


Joint head of the asbestos and industrial diseases, internationally renowned for her role fighting for victims of asbestos

Asbestos and mesothelioma Data protection and privacy Road traffic collisions Spinal injury

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

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.

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.

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

What people say

The legal directory Chambers UK 2012 described Harminder as an “excellent negotiator” and Legal 500 2012 described Harminder as being “courageous and dedicated”. Legal 500 2012 said “Feisty and extremely experienced and effective”. 

Chambers and partners 2015 said: Harminder Bains is described as "extremely dedicated and persistent. Legal 500 2017 described Harminder as ‘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 is very experienced, has great expertise and is efficient in the speedy resolution of claims. She is willing to take on difficult cases and empathises with clients."

Chambers and partners 2021

Legal expertise

Costs cases include:

"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 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


Harminder 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.


News Article
Harminder At SC
Asbestos and mesothelioma Supreme Court

Supreme Court rules in favour of asbestos support group in landmark disclosure battle

A landmark judgment by the Supreme Court rules that the Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK can access court documents used in a legal case against the asbestos manufacturer Cape Intermediate Holdings Limited.

Client Story
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Road safety Brain injury

Road injury - Ben's story

Ben suffered a devastating brain injury after the car he was being driven in left the motorway and hit a tree. His parents describe the help they received from Leigh Day partner Harminder Bains.

Client Story
Keith And Sally Winton

Asbestos - Keith and Susan's story