Law firm Slater and Gordon is expanding its industrial disease team following a rise in demand for services in Manchester.
The new appointments will build on the firm’s expertise in helping people who have suffered asbestos-related diseases and other conditions caused by industrial work such as occupational asthma.
Gill Owen, formerly of Simpsons Solicitors, has more than 15 years’ experience of representing clients with asbestos-related illness including mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening.
Emma Newman joins the team from Leigh Day, specialising in industrial disease and asbestos claims, and Colette Jennings moves from Mark Reynolds Solicitors.
The new recruits will support Madelene Holdsworth and Clare Graham who have been jointly promoted to lead the industrial disease team.
Madelene, who qualified in 2005, has a background in industrial disease and also specialises in cases involving carbon monoxide poisoning.
Clare has more than 16 years' experience representing clients, predominantly trade union members.
Martin James, national head of serious injury at Slater and Gordon, said: “In recent months we have seen an increase in the number of people coming to us for help after being diagnosed with industrial diseases such as mesothelioma. Tragically, for those with this terminal cancer, the life expectancy is typically just months and so it is imperative that they receive the right support and advice from a specialist in that area.
“We pride ourselves on offering the best possible service to clients who suddenly find themselves in these devastating circumstances and are delighted that we can now strengthen that service with these new additions to our team.”