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Niamh Sherwood, Asbestos Claims Lawyer, Boyes Turner

Niamh Sherwood

“Your service would be very difficult to improve, it is already first class - excellent.  The caring and very efficient way you have helped us is beyond compare 150%!” 


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In brief

Niamh is dual qualified, having qualified as a solicitor both in Ireland and in the UK. She moved to the UK in 1991 and became a Partner in a large regional law firm in 1999 specialising in personal injury work. She joined Boyes Turner in 2010 and has specialised exclusively in asbestos disease cases since then. She is a senior associate and team leader.

In work

For the past 24 years Niamh has acted exclusively for claimants who are pursuing personal injury claims. She specialises in claims for individuals and families affected by asbestos related illnesses. Niamh has acted for claimants from a wide range of occupations including dockers, laggers, engineers, joiners and carpenters. Her clients suffer from a number of different asbestos related conditions, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, pleural thickening and asbestosis. Niamh has also represented women who have developed mesothelioma as a result of washing their husband’s overalls.

Niamh’s recent successful cases include:

  • £1.1m settlement for the family of a man who developed mesothelioma whilst working for two companies. The first company he was exposed fixing new brakes to lorries which involved chamfering, drilling and screwing/riveting asbestos next to fitters, who used air hoses to blow out the dust from the brake drums. In addition he was exposed when he worked at the docks repairing pipework. He had to rip the old lagging, before making repairs. The laggers at the company worked nearby bringing their sacks of raw asbestos and re-lagging the pipes whilst he worked nearby. 

  • £315,000 for a man who developed mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos whilst employed as an apprentice joiner cutting sheets of asbestos for Sindalls Joinery Limited in Cambridgeshire.

  • £87,500 for the family of a man who developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos whilst working at the ICI plant in Wilton.

  • A provisional award of £32,500 for a man who developed asbestosis as a result of his employment as a lagger with Matthew Keenan & Company Limited (now Spousal London Limited) and when he worked stripping and refurbishing boilers which were lagged with asbestos for the London Borough of Hackney.

  • £450,000 for a woman who developed mesothelioma from washing her husband’s overalls. Her husband worked at a power station and was employed by CEGB.

  • £260,000 for a man who developed mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos during his work in the 1970s at Colthrop Board Mill in Thatcham. His employer was Reed Paper & Board (UK) Limited later known as SCA Euroliner Limited.

  • £162,500 for the widow of a man who died from mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos whilst employed as a painter and decorator for PJ Hartel. The deceased worked for PJ Hartel at the Atomic Research Centre at Harwell in Oxfordshire and at the Greenham Common airbase.

Industry associations

Niamh is a Member and Senior litigator within the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

Niamh Sherwood - Senior Litigator 

In her spare time

Niamh enjoys running, tennis, cycling, reading and country walks. She is an active member in the PTAs of the schools which each of her two children attend. She recently ran the Brighton Marathon to raise money for Mesothelioma UK which is a charity which she strongly supports.

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