The Hugh Mackay Carpet Factories in Durham produced carpets between 1902 and 2008. The production process produced dust and carpet fibres, with workers at the factories being exposed to these every day.

If you or a deceased family member has suffered respiratory disease that may have been caused by exposure to carpet fibres and dust while working at Hugh Mackay carpet factories, you may be entitled to compensation.

Our specialist industrial disease solicitors represent victims and their families from all over the UK. We have over 30 years of experience in investigating respiratory disease claims.

Our experience

The Hugh James workplace disease solicitors have the experience and specialist knowledge that is required for this complex area of law. We have a strong reputation in workplace disease litigation and have recently won a landmark case where others had failed.

We have helped thousands of people claim millions of pounds in compensation following employer negligence.

Our team of workplace injury solicitors can help with:

  • Seeking interim payments where possible
  • Exploring treatment and other rehabilitation options with insurers
  • Providing benefit advice
  • A free financial check-up
  • Financial planning

We offer free, no obligation advice. If you choose to instruct our workplace disease specialists we will represent you on a no win, no fee basis.


Key contact

June Parry


June Parry is a associate who joined Hugh James in 1977. June works in the Claimant Litigation Division and built her expertise in claimant personal injury, specifically in road traffic claims and more recently industrial injury claims such as lung cancer and respiratory claims.

June has been heavily involved in the preparation of the Phurnacite group litigation trial where claims were brought for respiratory disease and cancers.

Your questions answered

In workplace disease and illness claims, there is a strict three years’ time period within which to bring a claim against a former employer. Generally, the three-year period begins on the day that you became aware of the condition or, if later, the day that you became aware that your employment caused or made a contribution towards the development of your condition. There are limited exceptions to this rule which can be complex and varied so you should act now if you wish to pursue a claim.


Yes, you may still be able to bring a claim. In deceased cases, provided the three-year limitation period has not already expired at the time of the injured person’s death, the personal representative(s) can pursue the claim on behalf of the estate. The limitation period commences at the date of death or, in some cases, the personal representative(s)’s subsequent knowledge.

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