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1 February 2023 | Witness Appeals | Article by Mary Mulhall

Witness Appeal: Did you work with Mr Edward Cave in Ayres Yard, Wallingford?

The specialist asbestos claims team at Hugh James have been instructed to pursue a civil compensation claim by Mrs Pauline Cave on behalf of her late husband Edward Cave.

Edward worked for the vehicle repair company Harveys Coachworks between 1959 and 1994. The building was based in Ayres Yard on Station Road in Wallingford. The yard had multiple building units. The adjacent unit to Harveys Coachworks was Unit 4, initially a cash and carry and later, Thames Fixings.
Edward worked on vehicle repairs and as a paint sprayer. Mrs Cave believes that her husband was exposed to asbestos when he was undertaking repairs on accident damaged vehicles which needed to be stripped and rebuilt. This involved stripping out brake linings which contained asbestos.

We are looking for any former colleagues who can confirm how exposure arose at the time and ideally anyone who worked in Harveys Coachworks at the same time as Edward. If you worked with Edward at any point during his time at Harveys Coachworks and recall being exposed to asbestos or have any other information relating to asbestos exposure in Ayres Yard, please consider contacting us to assist with his claim.

Sadly, Edward Cave died from the asbestos related condition, mesothelioma in July 2022 before he contacted a solicitor.

If you have any further details or information that could assist our asbestos team, please get in touch by calling Mary Mulhall on 0203 911 4232 or by email at [email protected].

Based in Cardiff, London, Southampton & Plymouth, Hugh James is a Top 100 firm with a specialist industrial illness team who represent individuals and groups throughout England and Wales.

Armed with the experience and specialist knowledge that is require for this complex area, Hugh James has helped thousands of people who have been either injured or developed an illness as a result of their work. The team also has significant experience in working on industrial disease group actions, where more than one person has been affected in the workplace.

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Mary Mulhall


Mary Mulhall is a Partner in the Industrial Disease department, and has been representing claimants in asbestos disease cases since 2012, specialising in mesothelioma, asbestosis and pleural thickening cases.

Disclaimer: The information on the Hugh James website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. If you would like to ensure the commentary reflects current legislation, case law or best practice, please contact the blog author.


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