12KBW is at the forefront of industrial disease litigation and our barristers handle all types of industrial disease cases for both claimants and defendants.

Our expertise in asbestos litigation is unrivalled.  Our barristers have acted in key cases such as Fairchild v Glenhaven, Barker v Corus and Rothwell v Chemical & Insulating Co Ltd and we continue to appear in the leading cases in this area of law, such as Chandler v Cape, Knauer v Ministry of Justice and Carder v University of Exeter.  Our breadth of experience means that our barristers are instructed to handle claims involving all types of asbestos diseases including mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening.

Our barristers are similarly noted for their expertise in occupational stress claims.  Our expertise in both personal injury and employment law places us in a particularly specialist position to take on workplace stress claims.  12KBW barristers were instructed in the seminal cases of Hatton v Sutherland, Barber v Somerset County Council, Hartman v South Essex Healthcare, and Veakins v Kier Islington.

We are also regularly instructed in cases involving:

  • dermatitis
  • display screen equipment and ergonomic injuries
  • noise induced hearing loss (NIHL)
  • occupational asthma
  • repetitive manual handling
  • vibration white finger (VWF) / hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS)
  • work-related upper limb disorder (WRULD), including repetitive strain injury.

We are at the forefront of the development of industrial disease litigation.  Our cases have included claims arising from neurological damage caused by exposure to paint fumes in Wood v Ministry of Defence and claiming for personal injury and economic loss as a result of the development of platinum sensitivity in Greenway v Johnson Matthey.  Our barristers are also involved in the cases that more broadly shape this area of law, including Coventry v Lawrence (No. 3) on the recoverability of success fees and ATE insurance, and Whitson v Secretary of State for Justice on the striking down of the Ministry of Justice’s decision to implement LASPO (non-recoverability of success fees etc.) in mesothelioma claims.

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