Occupational Disease

 

Our disease team is the largest in the market, handling several thousands of claims each year for major UK and specialist insurers, large corporations, SMEs and public sector clients.

Not only has the team acted in some of the most important cases in this area of the law of recent years, we are also regularly instructed in high-profile group litigation in the UK and internationally.

The team works alongside clients to manage the full spectrum of emerging and traditional disease related claims, including noise –induced hearing loss claims, asbestos-related conditions, work related stress, COSHH and musculo-skeletal. We also manage the largest volume of run-off disease claims in the UK & Ireland, handling claims arising from legacy and run-off portfolios, and have a track record of working with fellow panel members and the market to develop strategies to tackle macro level risks from new claims sources to opponent behaviours.

Our disease specialists work closely with industry bodies in shaping the policy landscape around disease litigation. And our strong industry connections including with IRLA, the ABI and IDCWP mean that we will keep you updated on the latest industry developments, and help you prepare for changes that will impact your business, including working with clients to build advance strategies to meet anticipated emerging risks, such as claims potential arising from the COVID pandemic. We have developed BLM COVID Assist, a team of specialists providing practical advice on the legal challenges arising as a consequence of the pandemic and lockdowns, as well as suggesting future strategies to minimise further impact and adopt revised operating models.

We also have a proven record of successfully applying client claims philosophies to the disease claims we handle ensuring we meet your business objectives.

Subject Matter Groups

Our Occupational Disease Practice Group is structured around specialist Subject Matter Groups which ensure the development and sharing of in depth and market-leading subject matter expertise both within the practice group and with our clients.

Click on the video below to find out more about our Subject Matter Groups from Head of Occupational Disease, Chris Fletcher.

Asbestos-related disease
Mental health
Musculo-skeletal
COSHH
Housing
Non-Asbestos Long Tail and Emerging risks
COVID
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss and Hard-Arm Vibration Syndrome

Who to contact


Chris Fletcher

Chris Fletcher

Partner and Head of Occupational Disease,
Manchester



Andrew Gilmour

Andrew Gilmour

Partner,
Glasgow



Nigel Lock

Nigel Lock

Partner,
London



Simon Morrow

Simon Morrow

Partner,
Manchester



Michelle Penn

Michelle Penn

Partner & Head of Strategic Delivery within Disease Practice Group,
London




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Testimonials


"They respond in a timely manner" and provide "an efficient and good service."

Chambers and Partners 2019

They are excellent and among the best defendant insurance solicitors in the area. The firm as a whole is extremely well regarded, both in Cardiff and further afield.

Chambers and Partners 2019

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Occupational Disease Team

Judith Bloor

Judith Bloor

Partner,
Manchester


David Caswell

David Caswell

Partner,
Manchester


Lucy Coleman

Lucy Coleman

Partner,
Liverpool


Patrick Connolly

Patrick Connolly

Partner,
Belfast


Simon Cradick

Simon Cradick

Partner,
Cardiff


Tanya Cross

Tanya Cross

Partner,
Liverpool


Karen Dance

Karen Dance

Partner,
Glasgow


Cenydd Edwards

Cenydd Edwards

Partner,
Cardiff


Mark Eisen

Mark Eisen

Partner,
Liverpool


Lisa Ellis

Lisa Ellis

Associate,
London


Lorna Ferguson

Lorna Ferguson

Partner,
Glasgow


Cormac Fitzpatrick

Cormac Fitzpatrick

Partner,
Belfast & Derry


Chris Fletcher

Chris Fletcher

Partner and Head of Occupational Disease,
Manchester


Chris Gannon

Chris Gannon

Consultant,
Leeds region


Victoria Garvey

Victoria Garvey

Partner,
Cardiff


Related contacts


Chris Fletcher

Chris Fletcher

Partner and Head of Occupational Disease,
Manchester


Andrew Gilmour

Andrew Gilmour

Partner,
Glasgow


Nigel Lock

Nigel Lock

Partner,
London


Simon Morrow

Simon Morrow

Partner,
Manchester


Michelle Penn

Michelle Penn

Partner & Head of Strategic Delivery within Disease Practice Group,
London