Paul Bleasdale QC

Viewing: Industrial Disease for Paul Bleasdale QC

Widespread experience in all types of industrial disease including asbestos related disease, VWF, industrial asthma, dermatitis, deafness, stress at work, bladder cancer and eye disorders.
Paul has experience of multi party actions (group litigation orders) and test cases.
Paul has lectured and given seminars for national conferences as well as individual solicitors on a wide range of industrial disease issues.
“One of the go-to silks for high-value personal injury and disease cases. He gets to grips with the issues quickly and always adopts a pragmatic approach.” “He is supremely confident, very reassuring and very accessible.”
Chambers UK 2019
“Extremely hardworking and dedicated.”
Legal 500 2019
Highly experienced in challenging catastrophic injury and fatal accident claims. He also has expertise in industrial disease cases. Strengths: “He gets to the heart of a case with ease and precision.” “Paul has an impressive appetite for fighting difficult cases. He has an excellent client manner and negotiating skills combined with experience, knowledge and a pragmatic approach.” Recent work: Defended Myerscough College in a claim brought by a trainee arboriculturist who fell out of a tree he was climbing under supervision when he detached all his safety gear.
Chambers UK 2018
“The go-to silk on circuit for high-value personal injury cases.”
Legal 500 2017
“Highly experienced in catastrophic injury and fatal accident claims. He also has expertise in industrial disease cases.” “One of the best and most experienced serious injury silks in the Midlands. He doesn’t shy away from difficult cases. A powerful advocate in court.” “His wealth of experience, pragmatic advice and excellent client manner make him a go-to personal injury QC.”
Chambers UK 2017
“He has an ability and desire to fight the difficult cases, providing a clear and tactical approach.”
Legal 500 2016
Notable Cases
C v Vauxhall
(Defendant) Mesothelioma. Alleged secondary/indirect exposure of wife to asbestos on work clothes. Defence of de minimis exposure: other prospective defendants uninsured for PL claim at time of claim (trigger litigation engaged) and not trading.
T v Vauxhall
(Defendant) Mesothelioma. Claim by widow of former fitter in a car factory exposed to asbestos. Issues over life expectancy of H absent mesothelioma and care requirements for widow in light of her own health issues.
Powertrain Group Litigation
Group litigation on behalf of former employees of Powertrain at the Longbridge car plant, Birmingham who claimed damages for respiratory disease caused by exposure to contaminated coolant oil. The Defendants were their employers Powertrain and Houghton PLC who supplied the coolant oil and managed them on site during the material period.
Limond v Shell UK
Claimant suffering myelofibrosis (a form of bone marrow cancer) alleged to be the result of exposure to benzene while working on oil and gas installations.
Markham v ICI
Claimant suffering from bladder cancer alleged to have been caused by exposure to radiation from phosphoric acid scale blocking pipes in a fertilizer factory in 1969.
Armstrong and other Claimants v Angle Ring Company
Seventeen employees claiming noise induced hearing loss in the Defendants’ factory.
Newman v National Dock Labour Board and other Defendants
Advising on employment status of NDLB and liability for asbestos related disease suffered while working under the NDLB scheme for companies that no longer exist and in respect of whom no insurer could be traced.
Various Claimants v Transco PLC
Claim by approximately 40 gas engineers suffering work related upper limb disorders as a result of on board computer/display screens in Transco vehicles.
Allen v British Rail Engineering Ltd [2001] EWCA and [2001] ICR 942 (CA)
Test Case: VWF
Part Time Judge of the First Tier Property Tribunal (Agricultural and Drainage)
Honorary Professor of Law: Birmingham University
Member of the Personal Injury Bar Association
Personal Injuries Bar Association.
LLB (Hons)
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