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Boyes Turner’s asbestos disease claims team is one of the most experienced industrial disease teams in the country and is nationally recognised for its handling of complex and substantial cases. 

We have helped recover over £82 million in compensation since 2005 for those with asbestos related diseases. 

The team has long-standing relationships with many agencies and charities that help people with asbestos related diseases, and their families, receive as much assistance and support as possible during a very difficult time.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos related diseases are the single greatest cause of work related deaths in the UK. Asbestos was used extensively from the 1940s to the 1980s as a building material, and any building built before 2000 could potentially contain asbestos. It was widely used for its heat-resistant properties in both residential and industrial buildings, such as ships, schools, and other public buildings.

No win, no fee asbestos claims

To make a claim for an asbestos related disease, an initial interview is always provided free of charge. At that meeting, we will discuss how to fund the asbestos claim. In the majority of cases, we can act under a Conditional Fee Agreement (‘no win, no fee’). This means you would only have to pay a fee for the claim if you are successful. We are happy to discuss the possibility of bringing a claim, without any obligation to take matters further.

Boyes Turner’s asbestos disease claims solicitors are one of the most experienced asbestos disease teams in the country, and is nationally recognised for its handling of complex and substantial cases.

When someone is diagnosed with an asbestos related disease, legal advice should be sought to consider if a claim for compensation can be made.


Starting your asbestos claim

In addition to understanding how the asbestos-related diagnosis came about, the impact of that diagnosis, we will also ask for information about how you or your loved one came into contact with asbestos, so we can start to assess your potential claim.

Even if you haven’t worked directly with asbestos or cannot recall the circumstances of your asbestos exposure then still get in touch with us as it may well be that, after careful questioning, it becomes apparent where and when your exposure to asbestos is likely to have occurred. We have an extensive database of statements and documents involving many UK employers and companies.

Where asbestos is considered to have potentially played a part in a death, it is important that the local coroner is notified of the death and that a post-mortem takes place. We can advise on this process. The lung tissue samples can be analysed for asbestos bodies which can, together with exposure history, prove an asbestos related illness claim. It is important that the tissue samples are preserved until the conclusion of the legal claim. We can advise on this process. We are happy to discuss the possibility of bringing an asbestos claim, without any obligation to take matters further.

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Meet your specialist team

Our specialist Asbestos claims team are considered leaders in the field and have a significant amount of expertise.
Laura Magson

Laura Magson


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Melloney Harbutt

Legal Director

Martin Anderson

Martin Anderson

Associate Solicitor

Laura Magson
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Martin Anderson

Why choose Boyes Turner?

Our clients receive the highest standards of advice and representation and are always treated with compassion, outstanding care and understanding of the physical, emotional, psychological and financial impact that life-changing injury can have upon their lives.

  • We're nationally acclaimed industrial disease lawyers. We’re recognised as leading experts by Chambers Directory and Legal 500.
  • Our award-winning solicitors are accredited for their expertise and secure maximum compensation settlements for our clients which make the best provision for their current and future needs.
  • We have an extensive & highly experienced asbestos disease team with proven skills to succeed in high value, complex and substantial cases.
  • We have long standing relationships with many agencies and charities that help people with asbestos related diseases, and their families, receive assistance and support.

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Asbestos claims frequently asked questions

How should my employer have protected me against asbestos exposure?

Whilst awareness of the dangers of asbestos has become apparent over the years, asbestos was not completely banned in the UK until 1999.

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What if I was not exposed to asbestos at work?

It may be that you did not come into contact with asbestos through your work. We also act for people who contracted mesothelioma through washing a loved one’s overalls, by living near to an asbestos factory or by attending a school where asbestos was disturbed.

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What can asbestos disease solicitors help me claim for?

This will vary from case to case and will depend on the type of disease you are suffering from, the medical treatment that you may require and any losses incurred.

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What do I need to make an asbestos claim?

In order to secure a successful claim, we will need to present evidence of asbestos related illness and its impact on your health, as well as show the failure by your employer (or company/other body if you were not employed) to protect you. Below is a list of the steps we will take in an asbestos case:

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How much compensation can I get for an asbestos claim?

If the independent medical evidence we obtain supports that there are future asbestos related risks, then there will be the option of looking to settle your claim on a provisional damages basis instead of on a full and final damages basis.

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Settlement on a provisional damages or full & final damages basis

There are time limits within which asbestos claims can be pursued. You have three years from the date it can reasonably have been expected that you 'knew or ought to have known’ that your condition may be associated with your asbestos exposure within which to issue court proceedings.

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How long do I have to make an asbestos claim?

Proving asbestos-related disease would firstly involve some medical evidence to detail the condition. We would also need to talk to you about your asbestos exposure in detail. We will need to evidence your exposure to asbestos, usually by way of witness statements.

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How do you prove asbestos related diseases?

The duration of an asbestos claim can vary, depending on how complex the claim is, the legal processes involved, and the cooperation of the parties involved.

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How long does an asbestos claim take?

It is possible to make an asbestos claim on behalf of a loved one who has died as a result of an asbestos-related disease.

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Can I make a claim on behalf of a loved one who has died due to an asbestos related disease?

The company where the affected person worked at the time of the asbestos exposure, or the defendant company, is liable to pay your compensation.

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Who will pay the compensation in my asbestos claim?

There are various Government benefits available for those diagnosed with an asbestos related condition, including the following:

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What benefits are available for different asbestos related diseases?

There are various Government benefits available for those diagnosed with an asbestos related condition, including the following:

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Will my asbestos case go to court?

Our highly experienced mesothelioma and asbestos disease claims solicitors are recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers as experts in handling asbestos related claims.

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Types of asbestos claims

Asbestosis compensation

It is usually individuals who have had significant exposure to asbestos, over several years, who go on to develop asbestosis. The effects normally appear 20 years or more after exposure. It can cause breathlessness and may become more severe over time.

Hospice claims

When we act for someone suffering with an asbestos-related disease he would have some hospice care or support, we look to include the costs to the hospice excluding any NHS-funded element in the compensation claim. If a claim is successful, we can then reimburse the hospice for their charitable outlay.

Mesothelioma compensation

It may be that you did not come into contact with asbestos through your work. We also act for people who contracted mesothelioma through washing a loved one’s overalls, by living near to an asbestos factory or by attending a school where asbestos was disturbed. We may also be able to bring a claim on behalf of those who believe they were exposed to asbestos whilst they were self-employed.

Asbestos related lung cancer

Even if you were a smoker, it is possible that asbestos exposure has contributed to your lung cancer. This is because the risk of developing lung cancer increases in direct proportion to the level of your exposure to asbestos fibres.

Pleural thickening compensation

Pleural thickening can occur due to asbestos exposure if airborne asbestos particles become embedded in the pleural membrane, causing inflammation and scarring. The effects of pleural thickening normally appear around 20 years or more after exposure to asbestos.

Asbestos compensation after death

If you have lost a loved one due to mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, pleural thickening or any other asbestos-related diseases, claiming compensation can never truly make up for that loss, but it can make life much easier for you and your family during this difficult time.

Expat asbestos disease compensation

If you are suffering from an asbestos-related disease or condition and may have been exposed to asbestos whilst working in the UK, or for a UK based or owned company, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

There is no bar to bringing a claim in England and Wales if you have been exposed to asbestos in England or Wales, but are now living abroad.

Coroner inquest representation

If someone dies from an asbestos related disease, or there is a concern that a death is in some way linked to asbestos, an inquest or investigation into the death will be carried out by a coroner.

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Awards & accreditations

Our medical negligence and personal injury teams have been nationally recognised for over 20 years because of their expertise, empathy and commitment to securing maximum compensation for our clients.

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What our clients say

"A good company with great staff"

I selected Boyes Turner from a list given to me by an asbestos charity, on the strength of the CV’s of the specialist solicitors. It was a wise choice, I feel.
Melloney Harbutt has been great from day one, despite my occasionally disappearing into hospital for emergency treatment. Very supportive, very knowledgeable and very friendly.

The whole process has been made easier for me thanks to their great communication skills and knowledge of the process. Thank you

Mr Webster

"We finally settled our claim with Laura’s help"

When my dad was diagnosed with mesothelioma we were contacted by a charity based company called HASAG which put us on to Boyes Turner, and we met Laura. Laura managed to speak to dad virtually whilst he was still with us, but unfortunately he passed away very soon after. Laura advised that I become an executor to dads claim.Laura was so easy to deal with and also showed the family a personal touch whenever we spoke.

We finally settled our claim with Laura’s help.

The family would definitely recommend Laura and Boyes Turner to anyone needing a representative for a mesothelioma case as Laura’s knowledge is vast

Boyes Turner Client

"The final result was very satisfactory"

After much hesitation regarding making a claim and speaking to HASAG. I found Boyes Turner one of HASAG's approved solicitors, I met Melloney who explained the process in plain English, and we started the ball rolling, some of the reports were difficult to come to terms with, but all through the process Melloney was supportive and understanding.

As there were multiple parties involved the process took some time which was frustrating, but the final result was very satisfactory.

Mick V

"I would not hesitate to fully recommend their services"

After my diagnosis and starting my treatment for asbestosis I chose the services of Boyes Turner LLP to help me and my family through the claim system.

I had the good fortune to be introduced to Melloney Harbutt as my lead solicitor. At a time when I least wanted additional stress and anxiety, her clear compassionate, honest legal knowledge and personal guidance prevailed throughout.


Mr Fletcher

"Mesothelioma Claim"

Absolutely delighted with the speed, efficiency and clarity of the support provided by Laura in my claim against my former employer. She cut through the legalese jargon and explained everything in detail making my decision making easy.

Additionally, she handled my grim prognosis details with compassion and showed a great understanding of, not only the legal aspects, but also the complex medical details and options. The prompt settlement negotiated by Laura has ensured I can "enjoy" the benefits while still fairly mobile and also she ensured the defendants would fund any future treatments not funded by the NHS should I need them.

It was a pleasure working with Laura and I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending her to others.

Rated Excellent 4.8/5