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Leonard Richley died from mesothelioma in June 2007. His daughter, Angela Humphrey instructed Andrew Morgan at Fieldfisher, to bring a mesothelioma claim against her father’s employer, Mather & Platt Limited.
Mather & Platt were once part of a huge industrial empire but they ceased to trade in about 1995 and went into liquidation in 1998. Andrew was able to trace a number of related companies on the basis of information from the liquidator and from Companies House.
Mr Richley had been employed by Mather & Platt from about 1948 until about 1975. His job involved installing fire prevention systems in department stores, factories and similar premises. He also worked for Mather & Platt in at least one power station.
Unfortunately, Mr Richley did not make any statement before he died and was unaware that he was suffering from an asbestos related condition until the very last few days of his life. However, Andrew was able to trace another employee of the company who worked alongside Mr Richley and who was able to give a good statement in support of the mesothelioma claim.
Andrew issued Court proceedings in the fast track for mesothelioma claims in the Royal Courts of Justice in London and was able to obtain Judgment and an Order for an interim payment of £47,000. The Court set an Assessment Hearing in October 2008 to assess the value of the mesothelioma claim. The Defendants made an offer of £75,150, the full value of the claim, which Mrs Humphrey was happy to accept. Her claim was settled in less than 10 months.
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