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3 November 2021 | Witness Appeals | Article by Lynn Yeates

Witness Appeal: Did you work with Mr Terrence Belcher at B Finch & Co Ltd?

The specialist asbestos claims team at Hugh James have been instructed to pursue a civil compensation claim on behalf of Mr Terrence Belcher, from Essex.

Terrence, better known as ‘Terry’ Belcher was diagnosed with mesothelioma in February 2021. Terry worked in the construction and manufacturing industry and had jobs in several different companies throughout his career. In particular, Terry worked as a labourer at B Finch & Co Ltd from 1964-65, a company that specialised in making fireplaces. We know that asbestos was used in the manufacture of fireplaces at the time as an insulation material and Terry’s role included helping to mix up concrete, which also often contained asbestos in those days.

Unfortunately, Terry was only 18 at the time he worked for B Finch & Co, so his memories are hazy about his short period employment.

We are therefore looking for any former colleagues who can confirm how exposure arose at the time and ideally anyone who worked for B Finch & Co at the same time as Terry.

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. For more information on the dangers of asbestos and what it can do, please click here.

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Author bio

Lynn Yeates


Lynn Yeates joined Hugh James in April 2021 and is a Partner in the Specialist Asbestos team based in the Southampton office. She specialises solely in asbestos disease litigation and has a long history of representing victims of asbestos exposure and their families.

Lynn has considerable experience working on complex, high value compensation claims and has strong links with medical specialists, palliative care providers, support organisations and barristers. She has in excess of 15 years’ experience working solely with people diagnosed with illnesses such as mesothelioma and other serious asbestos related illnesses.

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