Thirteen law firms have come together to support asbestos charity ActionMeso’s campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos and mesothelioma, the cancer it causes.
The firms are: Asbestos Law Partnership, Boyes Turner, Digby Brown, Fieldfisher, Graysons, Hodge Jones & Allen, Hugh James, Irwin Mitchell, Larcomes, Leigh Day, Royds Withy King, Slater Gordon, and Thompsons.
The UK has the world’s highest incidence of mesothelioma, with around 2,700 people each year being diagnosed, often decades after exposure to asbestos.
ActionMeso brings together patients, carers, charities, support groups, healthcare professionals and others and has planned a series of activities to raise awareness of mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos under the hashtag #ActionMeso.
This will lead Action Mesothelioma Day this year and next in a bid to reach people outside of the mesothelioma community.
ActionMeso spokesman Paul Cook said: “The support of law firms is vital for this campaign to help us raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos and mesothelioma. By joining forces and working together, we are ready to reach out to more people and put a stop to this preventable disease.”
Harminder Bains, a partner at Leigh Day, has personal experience of the cancer mesothelioma as her father died from the disease having been negligently exposed to asbestos whilst working for the Ministry of Defence at the naval dockyard in Chatham, Kent.
She said: “Exposure to asbestos is not historical. People are being exposed every day in the UK and around the world in many places such as hospitals, schools, banks, offices and their homes.
“The successive governments in the UK have so far failed to highlight the enormity of the problem; death caused by asbestos exposure exceeds death caused by many other well-known cancers such as cervical cancer, which is widely discussed.
“The asbestos industry is alive and kicking. The asbestos mine owners are making billions of pounds of profit to this day and have spied on campaigners and lawyers who campaign to highlight the dangers of asbestos.”
ActionMeso is driven by a working group including representatives from Action on Asbestos, Asbestos Awareness & Support Cymru, Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK, British Thoracic Oncology Group, Erase Meso, Glynnis Gale Foundation, HASAG, IOSH, Mavis Nye Foundation, Mesothelioma UK, the June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund, and the UK Mesothelioma Alliance.