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Rachel Leach

Associate solicitor

Rachel is a solicitor in the asbestos team

Asbestos and mesothelioma Asbestos claims Industrial disease

I started my career in 2005 acting for coal miners who had developed chest conditions as result of their exposure to coal dust whilst working in the mines.

I later moved to Thompsons Solicitors where I qualified as a solicitor in February 2011. I spent 15 years acting exclusively for claimants, including victims of asbestos related diseases, before joining Leigh Day in October 2022. My current role involves exclusively representing victims of asbestos related diseases.

Legal expertise

My experience includes acting for victims of asbestos related diseases including mesothelioma, asbestos related lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening.

I have been involved in pursuing claims throughout the North-West helping to recover compensation for dock workers, shipbuilding, construction and engineering.

I have also been involved in pursuing claims for those exposed in less well-known occupations such as nurses, librarians and office workers.

I have significant experience in tracing companies/insurers that are no longer trading in order to pursue claims. I have also been successful in finding evidence of exposure to asbestos through local library archives to support claims.

Acting for victims of asbestos related diseases is an area I am passionate about and I use my knowledge and expertise to get justice for the victims and their families.


LLB (HONS) and LPC both one at Manchester Metropolitan University