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Lawrence Old



Lawrence joined Weightmans disease team in Leeds in March 2018 to enhance a growing centre of excellence in complex asbestos and occupational cancer claims.

He has acted for major insurers and public authorities for over 30 years on technical and large value employers’ liability and public liability claims, with a focus on asbestos work over the past 10 years.

On mesothelioma claims Lawrence routinely appears in the asbestos Masters’ Court on show cause and case management hearings; and has advised on policy issues and acted for both insurers and corporates in relation to policy application and interpretation on EL and PL claims.

He has acted on most types of occupational disease claim, including WRULD and HAVS, asthma and dermatitis, and more specialist areas such as silicosis and latex allergy; and represented insurers, corporate and public bodies at numerous Inquests and HSE prosecutions.

Lawrence has presented at a number of industry events including the National ALARM conference and regional ALARM seminars (on disease claims) and to numerous client seminars on various disease, EL and PL topics.

Lawrence has had articles published in the insurance press on occupiers’ liability and in the Solicitors’ Journal on discount rate litigation. He has attended ABI discussions on mesothelioma handling issues.

His relevant experience includes:

  • Acting for the defendant in the recently reported Scott case settlement on immunotherapy funding in mesothelioma claims using PPO’s;
  • Numerous discontinuances or withdrawn claims for mesothelioma and other asbestos claims, and on claims for policy cover declarations;
  • Numerous case settlements at JSMs at substantial discount to sums claimed (on claims put at £500K to £1M);
  • Acting for the Chief Constable of the South Yorkshire Police on the Hillsborough litigation in relation to the Inquests, Alcock (family PTSD claims) and Frost/White (police PTSD claims);
  • Court of Appeal win in Webster v Ellison Circlips on automatic strike out.

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