Jim has been with Weightmans since 1993 joining from Zurich (Eagle Star) where he was employed between 1985 and 1993.

Jim specialises in occupational disease cases with particular interest in respiratory disease, work related upper limb disorders and noise induced hearing loss claims.

Jim has been involved in much high profile litigation, defending class actions brought by claimants and represents the lead appellant in the Notts and Derbyshire Textile Litigation (Baker v Quantum Clothing) which came before the Supreme Court in November 2010.

Published articles

Insights Acoustic shock appeal is dismissed

Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation v Cristopher Goldscheider Interveners; Association of British Orchestras, Society of London Theatre and UK…

Insights Diesel engine emissions - what you need to know

Partner Jim Byard looks at the murky issue of diesel engine emissions, the risks of exposure and offers advice to businesses.

Insights Contribution claims between insurers in mesothelioma cases – limitation and basis of assessment of quantum

A claim for a contribution made by an insurer on risk for one period of culpable exposure against another insurer is a claim for “damages” rather than…

Insights Court of Appeal holds transitory vibration exposure was not negligent.

The claimant brought a claim against the three defendants for an alleged development of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (“HAVS”).

Insights HSE Summary 2017: Occupational Disease Statistics

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recently published their annual summary statistics which revealed the burden of occupational illness and disease…

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