Leigh Day appoints new partner to asbestos team
Leigh Day has added further expertise to its asbestos team with the appointment of partner Patrick Walsh to its London office.
Posted on 20 August 2018
Patrick has specialised in asbestos related disease claims throughout his career and has acted for hundreds of victims of mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening over the years in all parts of the UK and abroad, including Australia and Europe.
Patrick joins from Slater and Gordon where he worked since 2014 when it took over law firm Pannone. He joined Pannone as a partner in 2005.
Since qualifying as a solicitor in 1989 Patrick has acted for individuals, and their families, who worked in industries traditionally associated with asbestos exposure such as laggers, asbestos manufacturers , dockworkers , joiners, carpenters, electricians and plumbers.
He has also successfully brought claims for clients who had less obvious exposures to asbestos dust or where there was particular difficulty in establishing fault on the part of the employers. He recently brought a successful claim on behalf the widow of a public school teacher where the school denied there had been any asbestos exposure at all.
Patrick is a Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is an accredited APIL specialist in asbestos-related disease claims and occupational disease claims.
He was has worked with the asbestos victim support community for many years and also advises the Asbestos Sub-Committee of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health.
As well as asbestos claims, Patrick has successfully acted for many clients with other occupational diseases including silicosis, pneumoconiosis, hand arm vibration syndrome (vibration white finger), occupational asthma, nasal cancer and bladder cancer.
Daniel Easton, Leigh Day partner, said:
“Patrick is highly regarded in the field of asbestos-related personal injury claims and it is brilliant that we are able to add his expertise and experience to our team. Our industrial disease team now has five of the 11 top UK lawyers dealing with claimant industrial disease work, as ranked by Chambers & Partners, and we continue to strive for the best possible outcomes for our clients.”
“I am delighted to be joining Leigh Day’s ground-breaking asbestos team which is leading the way in fighting for justice for those exposed to this dangerous substance.”