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Gill Owen

Principal Lawyer - Industrial Disease

It’s so rewarding to be in a role that helps people so much, at a time they’re really in need.

Expert profile for Gill Owen

Get to know Gill

I qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and have over 30 years legal experience, specialising in industrial disease for over 20 years.

My particular area of specialism is in asbestos related disease cases such as mesothelioma, asbestos related lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening. I’ve represented many clients, including members from a large number of trade unions.

Career highlights

I have many highlights of my career. One particular highlight was when I was selected to represent the interests of clients as part of a small consultation group formed by the presiding circuit judge in Manchester to instigate fast track procedures and ensure that mesothelioma and non-malignant asbestos claims are dealt with as expeditiously as possible.

Additionally, I've been involved in a number of landmark cases which have included:

  • Fletcher v A Train and Sons Limited 2008: The Court of Appeal were asked to consider the appropriate multipliers in fatal accident claims.
  • Richardson v G F Russell 2006: I was instructed by client whose husband had died of mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos when he worked as a plumber. The Judge rejected the Defendant’s arguments that the exposure was so minimal that they were not liable.
  • I settled a fatal mesothelioma claim in the sum of £1,750,000. The deceased who was 74 when he died was a successful businessman. Complex issues arose in accessing the value of replacing his expertise and business flair.


I’m accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) as a Senior Litigator.

The extra mile

I’m a member of the Law Society and a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

Contact Gill

Telephone: 0330 995 5743
Office: Manchester
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