Lawyer Whose Family was Affected by Mesothelioma Joins Hodge Jones & Allen
Posted on: 5th December 2018
A solicitor who has lost members of his own family to mesothelioma has joined the industrial disease team at Hodge Jones & Allen to help those suffering from the disease.
Garret Spring, 46, was personally affected by the disease when his aunt died from it two years ago.
Garret, who has been a lawyer for more than 20 years, joins from Shoosmiths as a senior associate.
He said: “Most of my family worked in factories apart from myself. Members of my family have been affected by industrial diseases and my dad’s sister had mesothelioma two years ago.
“Trying to find out when and where she was exposed to asbestos was a very difficult experience and I want to help others who are going through this difficult time in their lives. Getting justice for people suffering from mesothelioma has been, and continues to be, personal.
“As a result of everything that has happened to my family I can understand the pain my clients are going through and just how horrific this disease is.
“I firmly believe that anyone who has suffered an illness through work or environmental exposure deserves access to the best legal advice, no matter how much their claim may be worth.”
Garret, who qualified as a solicitor in 1997, deals with a wide range of industrial disease claims including mesothelioma, pleural thickening and vibration white finger. He is one of the few solicitors who also handles cases caused by exposure to substances that are known to increase the likelihood of cancers like cancers of the bladder, throat and lung.
Garret, who lives in Twickenham, South West London, decided to become a lawyer when he was working for the International Red Cross.
He said: “I worked for the International Red Cross and became frustrated with the amount of bureaucracy that was involved in getting aid out of the country. A lot of that involved dealing with lawyers and I thought I could help people who really need it by going into the law. I thought I could make a difference.”
He added: “I moved to Hodge Jones & Allen because the firm shares my passion for helping people when they need it most. For me it is about having passion for what you do and going the extra mile for people who are suffering.”