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About Joanne Candlish

Joanne is a leading and highly experienced mesothelioma and complex injury lawyer. During a career spanning over 29 years she has acted for numerous asbestos victims and their families.

The asbestos team represent clients across the country and as a partner in the team, and based in the North West, Joanne represents clients in the North of England and is now able to meet clients in our Liverpool office.

Joanne specialises in mesothelioma and asbestos related lung cancer claims and serious/complex personal injuries caused by road traffic and work place accidents.

She has taken the fight for justice for her clients to the highest courts in the land. Her past clients have spoken of her empathy, dedication and determination to secure justice and compensation. She has recovered in excess of £1 million in compensation for her clients every year for the last 10 years.

Joanne has over many years campaigned for justice, taking to the streets in the North West and London to fight for the rights of those diagnosed with Mesothelioma and to push for the need for increased funds for research. Campaigns include #Cape Must Pay! and Save Phoenix House.

She is a highly experienced litigator and always acted for personal injury victims and in particular people exposed to asbestos. Joanne started her legal career at a small High Street Legal Aid firm, as a trainee legal executive, in 1992.

Joanne attended evening classes at the local college to pass the legal executive professional exams, which she completed in 1996. She then attended university evening classes to gain her law degree, whilst working full time as a qualified legal executive.

Notable Cases

  • The Employers Liability Insurance “Tigger” Litigation [2012] UKSC14
    Joanne represented one of the lead families in the landmark Supreme Court case known as the Employers’ Liability Trigger Litigation, which ruled that employers’ liability insurance was ‘triggered’ at the time of exposure to asbestos and not development of the disease. This decision protected the right to compensation for thousands of mesothelioma victims and many more victims of asbestos.
  • Sir Robert Lloyd & Co Ltd And Others v Bernard Hoey (2011), Ewca Civ, 1060, 09/09/11
    Joanne also represented a seriously ill asbestos victim to a unanimous victory in the Court of Appeal in Sir Robert Lloyd and others against Hoey. The Defendants having appealed against His Honour Judge Gore’s decision that the case was not time barred.
  • R (On The Application Of The Commissioners For HMRC) v HM Coroner For The City Of Liverpool And Others EWHC [2014] 1586 (Admin)
    Joanne acted on behalf of the family of a deceased asbestos victim and worked alongside HM Coroner for Liverpool in the Judicial Review. The case challenged the HMRC’s policy decision not to disclose employment records to coroners and families in fatal disease cases. This successful challenge eventually led to the policy being over-turned.
  • Taylor v Fascia Future Ltd [2018] EWHC 3049 (QB)
    Preliminary issue trial on the facts in an Asbestos related lung cancer claim. It is the only reported case in which Keefe v The Isle of Man Steam Packet [2010] has been applied in an asbestos case.

Mr Taylor, a life-long non-smoker developed asbestos-related lung cancer at just 37 years old. It was alleged that this deadly disease was caused by exposure to large amounts of toxic asbestos throughout his career working for the Defendants from 1994 when he was just 16 years old to 2006 as a labourer in the roofing trade.

The Claimant’s case was that he removed asbestos soffits, fascias and guttering from residential properties in the Northampton area. He alleged that he encountered asbestos on the majority of jobs he undertook. He alleged that in order to remove the materials he would have to cut them with handsaws and sometimes with an angle grinder, he would then break the materials up on the ground and place them in a van for disposal. The materials would be taken to the tip, however, in the late 1990s the tip refused asbestos materials and the Claimant was instructed to take them to his employer’s mother in law’s garage. He alleged that he smashed up the asbestos materials in this garage.

The Defendant’s case was starkly different. It was alleged that only a very small percentage of the Claimant’s jobs involved asbestos and that these would typically involve asbestos cement guttering and sometimes soffits. It was said that the materials came off in one piece and would be placed in the van. It was flatly denied that asbestos materials were stored in the garage.

The judge was asked to accept that had the Claimant’s employer complied with the relevant regulatory regime at the time (The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 1987 SI 1987/2115, and 2002 SI 2002/2675) then, to put it at its lowest, the task of establishing the extent of his exposure would have been very much easier because there would have been relevant records. The Defendant argued that Keefe had no application as it was concerned with breach of duty, which had been admitted.

The judge largely accepted the Claimant’s evidence. It was found that the Claimant’s evidence was ‘consistent with a factual situation in which asbestos was encountered frequently, more often than not…I am satisfied that it would be fair to say, as a very general average, Mr Taylor encountered asbestos in as many as three quarters of the jobs he did.’ Further, it was accepted that the materials were broken up on removal and that they were disposed of in the garage and smashed up by the Claimant.

  • VC (As Widow And Executrix Of The Estate Of Dc, Deceased) v (1) A Rutherford & Co Ltd (2) Vsel (Birkenhead) Ltd (2020)
    The widow and estate of a deceased man received £300,000 after he died in March 2018, aged 80, of mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos during the course of his employment between the 1950s and 1970s. The main issue between the parties was whether, but for the illness, the deceased would have been able to continue caring for his disabled wife although he was elderly. This was one of the highest agreed awards of compensation for the condition at £100,350.00 (the top of the then JC Guidelines bracket)
  • Joanne acted on behalf of an asbestos victim who had developed diffuse pleural thickening caused by exposure to asbestos dust, during the course of his employment as an apprentice and then time-served bricklayer. The case settled on a provisional damages basis shortly before trial for £130,000.00. The provisional damages settlement meant that Joanne’s client received compensation for the asbestos condition he had already suffered but also retained the protection of being able to bring a further claim in the future should he ever develop a more serious asbestos related condition.
  • Joanne was instructed by a former Rolls Royce worker diagnosed with mesothelioma. There was little evidence available about how the deceased became exposed to asbestos but investigations by his widow and Joanne using her extensive knowledge of asbestos litigation led to obtaining key evidence from former colleagues of the deceased, which proved the case. The case settled for £150,000.

Membership & Appointments

  • Association of Personal Injury Solicitors (APIL) – Senior Litigator
  • Admitted as a solicitor in 2001

Client Comments

  • We have been really impressed with how Joanne went about this case from day 1. Her initial professionalism and confidence was what helped us decide to proceed with this case. She was always available to take a call or reply to an email during the process and we were kept up to date on a regular basis throughout. A very professional service and a very satisfactory outcome.
  • Absolutely brilliant, Joanne and team kept myself and husband well informed throughout the full process. Lovely Joanne very easy to talk to and explained every detail throughout. Would highly recommend 100%
  • My experience with Hodge Jones & Allen was excellent. Joanne my solicitor was extremely professional and at the same to incredibly understanding. After nearly losing my life in 2017 as a passenger in a RTC, Joanne managed to get me a very large sum of compensation after my injuries. I am so greatful for the legal services and support she provided. I can now continue my life a very happy and blessed person.

Career & Personal Interests


  • 2021- present: Hodge Jones & Allen
    Position held: Partner
  • 2017- 2021: 2020 Legal Limited
    Position held: Solicitor & Department Manager
  • 2004 – 2017: Thompsons Solicitors
    Position held: Asbestos Solicitor & Head of North West Regional Asbestos Team
  • 2003 – 2004 BBH Solicitors,
    Position held: Solicitor & Team Leader
  • 2001 – 2003 Carpenters Solicitors
    Position held: Solicitor & Team Leader
  • 2000 – 2001 Weightmans Solicitors
    Position held: Solicitor
  • 1992 – 1999 Norman Jones Grayston
    Position held: Legal Executive

Personal Interests

Jo regularly participates in events and meetings with Regional Trade Union Officials and Asbestos Victim Support Groups.

In her other free time she reads, enjoys listening to music and travelling.

Further Reading Joanne Candlish
Asbestos & Mesothelioma