Natalia Rushworth-White

Senior Associate

Natalia is a Senior Associate in the specialist Asbestos Claims team and has specialised solely in asbestos disease litigation since qualifying as a solicitor in 2012. Since then, Natalia has successfully obtained damages for hundreds of patients arising from their diagnoses with asbestosis, lung cancer, pleural thickening and mesothelioma. 

Natalia is skilled in handling cases involving complex liability issues and is not afraid to take on challenging claims involving multiple defendants. As well as bringing cases against former employers in respect of workplace asbestos exposure, Natalia has a particular interest in asbestos exposure as a public health issue. She has brought a number of successful claims arising from exposure within public buildings, and is a frequent attendee at Parliamentary meetings focusing on the issue of asbestos in schools. 

Natalia takes pride in pressing for significant settlement agreements which help make a real difference to patients' lives. Natalia has experience in negotiating agreements for private funding for ongoing medical treatment options such as immunotherapy, as well as recovering damages for extensive home adaptations, lost business income and complex care needs involving dependant family members. 

What Natalia most enjoys about her work as an asbestos disease lawyer is however the interaction with patients and their families, and says that it is a privilege to be able to assist people at this difficult stage of their lives. Natalia also enjoys providing support at asbestos disease group coffee mornings, and helping to raise funds for asbestos disease charities. 

Natalia is an accredited APIL Senior Litigator, and in addition is a Trustee of the Mavis Nye Foundation, which provides support for the victims of asbestos related illnesses, and raises funds to support research into mesothelioma.

Experience

  • Recovery of damages for a testicular mesothelioma patient who was exposed to asbestos dust released from his father's overall, in an out of court settlement worth six figures.
  • Achieving a settlement of £200,000 for the widower of a woman who sadly died from periotoneal mesothelioma following her exposure to asbestos dust whilst working in admin for Southwark Council.
  • Obtaining judgment and an interim payment for a lung cancer patient at the first hearing in his case. The matter is complex as he had been exposed to asbestos whilst working for 10 different companies, and has a significant smoking history. 

Career History

  • Senior Associate at Hugh James: 2019
  • Qualified at Irwin Mitchell: 2012
  • Trained at Irwin Mitchell

Education

  • BPP Leeds: Legal Practice Course 2010
  • University of Leeds: LLB Law (Hons) First 2009

Memberships

  • APIL Senior Litigator
  • Trustee of the Mavis Nye Foundation

Languages

  • Conversational Spanish
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Over the past 2/3 years, I have had the good fortune to have the "Team" from Hugh James pursue my claim. A special "thank you" to Angharad, Natalia and Adrianna, who, at all times have treated me with respect, and kept me informed throughout the various stages. I cannot praise them enough for their care and professionalism. I recommend this company for it's high standards and dedicated, professional and specialist staff.

Michael Ivan Whyatt

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The care taken by Hugh James solicitors throughout the case to its successful conclusion was excellent. From the first taking of my husband's statement to the conference call with the barrister to prepare the case, everything was explained carefully to first my husband and then to me. I was very happy with the eventual out of court settlement.

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Just to say a large thank you for your professionalism and kindness in how you have handled my mums case. Both of us have really appreciated the timely communication and feeling that we were able to contact you when needed. My mum is very pleased for the case to be finally finished and we both wish you the very best in the future.

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With the help of Hugh James my case has just closed with an 'out of court settlement' from a former employer relating to my illness. It was prompt and exceptional service and I thank Natalia and her team for all the help and advise they gave me. I would fully recommend them.

Mike Griffin

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Thank you and Adrianna for all the hard work you have done in connection with my cousin's case and for bringing it to a successful conclusion. You have kept us informed of progress, have been very easy to communicate with (in spite of considerable difficulties relating to COVID-19) and assisted the information needed for the Coroners Inquest. I would certainly recommend yourself and Hugh James services to those who may need them.

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Thank you so much for your patience and kindness and everything that you have done for me and my family.

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Thank you for all the hard work you have done in connection with my case and for bringing it to a successful conclusion. You have kept us informed of progress, have been very easy to communicate with and assisted in providing the information needed for the Coroners Inquest. I would certainly recommend you and Hugh James services to those who may need them.

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Now that our claim has been concluded I would like to thank you for the professional way that you dealt with my claim. It was a real pleasure working with you and the whole process was completely stress free. Thank you.

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