Leigh Day

Kevin Johnson

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Practice Areas

Partner in industrial disease department based in Liverpool and Manchester, has specialised in asbestos disease claims for over 20 years. Acts for claimants in the UK and ex-pats who now reside in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, etc. Kevin has been involved in several trials and his cases include- Storey v James Marmon & Son Ltd (2008) - general damages for short period of suffering, the judge rejecting defendant’s submissions about the level of the award. Hutchings v Invista Holdings (2009)- flight costs awarded to family members who travelled from Australia to visit their father who had mesothelioma. Dowdall v William Kenyon & Sons Limited [2014] - the claimant’s claim for mesothelioma was not extinguished by an earlier full and final settlement for asbestosis against different employers. Kevin has been involved in several high profile and leading asbestos test cases including Rice and Thompson v Secretary of State for Trade & Industry (2007) which created a precedent that allowed dockworkers to sue the government for asbestos disease. Recently settled a mesothelioma claim with provision for the defendant to pay further medical expenses to the claimant if he incurs private medical costs for immunotherapy or other new treatments. Involved in an important case proceeding to trial regarding recovery of damages for loss of services provided to a disabled child by a claimant with mesothelioma. The case will decide whether services in the lost years are recoverable in a living claim.

Professional Memberships

Accredited member of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel. Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and APIL Accredited Occupational Disease Specialist and Asbestos Disease Specialist. Assessor in applications to APIL for PI accreditation.

Career

Joined Leigh Day in December 2016. Previously at John Pickering and Partners (now Slater & Gordon) since 1999.

Publications

Lectures and has chaired conferences on asbestos litigation. Spoke on mesothelioma damages reform at the Asbestos Sub-Committee of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Health and Safety.