Isobel Lovett > Hodge Jones & Allen > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Hodge Jones & Allen
180 NORTH GOWER STREET
LONDON
NW1 2NB
England

Work Department

Industrial Disease

Position

Isobel, a Partner and Head of the Asbestos Disease Team has, for over 20 years, specialised in asbestos disease cases for Claimants. Consequently, she has vast experience in this specialist litigation.

Isobel’s work includes securing high value settlements for mesothelioma sufferers, enabling her clients to access novel, non-NHS funded treatments paid for by Defendants’ insurers. Her clients’ lives have thereby been extended and they have the security of having approved treatment paid for by the Defendants’ insurers for the rest of their lives.

Isobel’s recent successes include persuading the Government Legal Department representing the Ministry of Defence, to agree to mediation in a long-running, disputed, fatal mesothelioma claim for the family of a man who had been exposed to asbestos dust while employed in the late 1960s to work on board UK naval vessels in the MoD dockyard in Singapore. The case involved complex issues of conflict of laws and of Crown Immunity. At mediation, a six-figure settlement for the family was agreed. This was a case which had previously been vigorously defended and was destined for a lengthy and costly trial.

In another case against the Ministry of Defence, this year, Isobel was able to secure a six-figure sum and the costs of private medical treatment, for a woman developed mesothelioma in unusual circumstances: she had worked as a Buildings Manager and was exposed to asbestos dust while managing the fall-out from contamination of an MoD building as a result of work done by external contractors. She had to manage the eventual evacuation of the building of all staff and property, including high level security items. The claim was initially denied on the basis the exposure was “too low” to have caused mesothelioma. However, an admission of liability followed quickly issue of proceedings and the case was settled soon afterwards.

Isobel has also successfully handled asbestos product liability claims and advises and assists clients in bringing claims in the US for mesothelioma caused by asbestos contaminated talc in powder and make-up.

Isobel does not shy away from difficult cases. She achieved success early in her career in asbestos litigation in the case of Cox v Industrial Power (India) Ltd CA 2007, the first in a series of defining so-called “low exposure” cases in which Defendants have sought to test causation in mesothelioma cases by reference to exposure levels. The Claimant had worked seasonally in power stations and for the Defendant for a matter of weeks. Despite the Defendant arguing that any exposure he had would have been de minimis and therefore, not actionable, the Court held that the exposure was not minimal and found for the Claimant’s widow, the Claimant, having sadly succumbed to his illness.by the time of the trial. The judgment was upheld by the Court of Appeal on appeal by the Defendant. The case is still referred to in other similar cases today.

Isobel takes a holistic approach to client care: not only does he help her clients to obtain compensation and treatment, but she also ensures they obtain their full state benefit entitlement and has helped put care regimes in place, where needed. She works closely with medical professionals, local support groups and related charities to ensure the support needs of victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases are met.

She is known for being tremendously calm, reassuring, helpful and supportive of her clients and their families, as well as a tenacious and skilled litigator and negotiator.

Isobel’s commitment to supporting asbestos victims means she has been involved with many support groups over the years, her involvement culminating in her working to establish the London Asbestos Support Awareness Group, a charity covering London and the South East. She has also fundraised for research into treatment for mesothelioma over the years.

Isobel’s expertise is recognised by those she works with and through independent accreditation by The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers of which she is a Fellow and Asbestos and Occupational Disease specialist. She also assesses others seeking this accreditation.

Whilst specialising in asbestos disease work, Isobel has past experience of other industrial diseases, particularly other occupational respiratory conditions and work – related cancers.

Career

Isobel trained and worked in a number of firms in Sheffield before being appointed Associate at Irwin Mitchell’s Newcastle office between 2009-15. She has been a Partner at Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors since June 2015.

Memberships

  • APIL
  • Fellow and Accredited Asbestos and Occupational Disease Specialist and assessor

Education

  • Master of Arts 2.1 in French, University of Aberdeen
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Education in Modern Languages and TEFL/TESL, University of Warwick
  • Common Professional Examination, University of Northumberland
  • Solicitors’’ Final Examination, University of Northumberland

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Personal injury: claimant

(Next Generation Partners)

Isobel Lovett Hodge Jones & Allen

Hodge Jones & Allen‘s team is co-led by head of personal injury Leticia Williams and head of asbestos and ‘first-rate litigator’ Isobel Lovett. The team has a strong reputation for its specialism in complex, retrospective mesothelioma work; notably, Lorna Webster recently secured a six-figure settlement on a significant case against Ford Motor Company. The group also has significant experience dealing with other high-value and complex areas of personal injury, involving such difficult and sensitive factors as psychiatric illness and duty of care; road traffic and workplace accidents resulting in traumatic brain injury; severe orthopaedic injury; spinal cord injury; and amputation. Riffat Yaqub, in whom clients ‘rightly have great confidence, often leads on the team’s most complex cases spanning these areas, and is also experienced in assisting foreign claimants who have sustained serious injuries in the UK.