7 December 2020 | Witness Appeals | Article by Ceri Clark

Witness Appeal: Did you work with David Saies at Merlin Motor Company?

The specialist asbestos claims team at Hugh James have been instructed by Mrs Vanessa Saies to investigate a civil compensation claim following her husband’s diagnosis with and death from mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is an asbestos-related cancer, the only known cause of which is previous exposure to asbestos. In order to pursue a successful civil compensation claim, we need to be able to demonstrate how Mr Saies came into contact with asbestos during his working life. 

David Saies worked at Merlin Motor Company as an apprentice mechanic between 1973 and 1974. 

Merlin Motor Company were originally located in Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest.  We believe that Mr Saies may have suffered asbestos exposure whilst working for this company. It is understood that he may have been exposed through removing and fitting asbestos brake shoes and clutches on the vehicles.

Mrs Saies is now appealing for help from former colleagues who might be able to shed some light on the use of asbestos in the garage and how Mr Saies might have come into contact with the harmful substance.

Asbestos-related solicitor at Hugh James’ Cardiff office, Ceri Clark, has said: “It would be really beneficial to be able to speak to some of Mr Saies’ former work colleagues.  I would encourage anyone who has information about asbestos exposure with this company to come forward, even if they didn’t work directly with Mr Saies. Mrs Saies and her family will be extremely grateful to anyone who is able to provide assistance”.

David Saies       David Saies

Above: Photographs of the late David Saies


Anyone who worked with Mr Saies, or who worked for Merlins Motor Company at or around the same time, who has information regarding asbestos exposure, please get in touch.


Author bio

Ceri Clark specialises in asbestos related disease claims including mesothelioma, asbestosis, diffuse pleural thickening and lung cancer. Ceri is experienced in complex, high-value claims including secondary exposure cases, claims where the defendant is no longer trading and those involving multiple defendants.


Ceri is passionate about helping her clients through unimaginably difficult times in their lives and takes particular satisfaction in routinely securing funds for private treatments not available on the NHS, such as immunotherapy.



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