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Tony Dulwich, director of TAD Contracts, a company based in Canary Wharf, successfully sued his former employers

Canary Wharf specialist design business owner Tony Dulwich won a High Court judgment against his former employers for compensation for asbestos exposure during the 1970s and 80s after he was later diagnosed with an asbestos cancer called mesothelioma.

Posted on 22 March 2024

Tony worked as a carpenter for Jerram Falkus Construction Ltd and R.W. Bowman. He worked on sites all over London and the South East, including Barclays Bank and Bank Leumi.

The court accepted Tony was exposed to asbestos whilst sawing asbestos insulation board, tradename Asbestolux, which was manufactured by Cape. Cape was one of the largest manufacturers of asbestos products in the world.  

Represented by Leigh Day partner Harminder Bains, Tony was awarded compensation which included ongoing funding for private medical treatment for his mesothelioma.  

As a consequence of his suffering and the knowledge he has obtained since his diagnosis, Tony has become a Patron of the London Asbestos Support Awareness Group. He recently spoke to Parliamentarians at the All Party Parliamentary Group for Occupational Safety & Health about his support for the campaign that Cape / its parent company Altrad pays £10 million to Asthma + Lung UK for medical research into mesothelioma.  

Picture of Tony Dulwich
Picture of Tony Dulwich

The campaign is led by the Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum and is a consequence of the Forum’s successful legal case in the Supreme Court, when the Forum obtained historical documents from Cape. The documents showed that Cape knew that Asbestolux was a highly dangerous product which released asbestos fibres simply by handling. However, Cape continued to manufacture and sell the product for profit, exposing people like Tony and millions of others.  

Watch the heart-wrenching film of Tony Dulwich describing how his life has deteriorated since his diagnosis of mesothelioma, and how it has affected him and his family here: link. 

In the video, he makes a plea to Cape/Altrad to pay £10 million to Asthma + Lung UK to find a cure for mesothelioma, so that his grandchildren do not have to endure the suffering he has undergone. He realises it is too late for him, but he does not want it to be too late for others.  

Harminder Bains, who represented Tony in his legal case against his former employers, is Joint Head of Leigh Day Asbestos & Industrial Disease department. Tony said: 

“I first met Harminder in 2019, at the start of my journey. After instructing her, I would describe it as a lottery win. She understands what I am going through because she lost her father to mesothelioma. She is so professional and fought my case like a tiger. I highly recommend her. She lets you know where you stand. There’s no messing around. She tells you the whole truth, if there is a claim to be had or not."

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