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Are Schools really bad for your health??

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

English schools have made the news recently, but not for the reasons that you may think.
For once, it is nothing to do with test results, league tables or school initiatives.

Instead it is for housing one of the most harmful materials used in the building trade – Asbestos.

A BBC article published on 02 December 2016 highlighted the fact that Councils in England have paid out at least £10 million in compensation to people who have developed illnesses after being exposed to asbestos in school buildings.

The people exposed are not even the people who built and maintained the schools, but are instead the people who chose to teach within them.

It is well known that old buildings are likely to include some form of asbestos and exposure to just a small amount of asbestos dust can cause a life threatening disease.

However, people were not aware of the risk that old school buildings carried and by old, we mean any buildings built before the year 2000!

Rachel Reeves MP, chair of the Asbestos in Schools Group states; “This is a ticking time bomb because very few teachers and parents know that there is asbestos in schools. The very least that we should do is to make sure that this information is available to them.”

The Daily Mail reported in their article of 06 December 2016 the story of a 68 year old Teacher, Sue Steven who sadly died following her diagnosis of Malignant Mesothelioma.

The Greater Devon Coroner in the Inquest held that the Teacher was exposed to asbestos during her time as a teacher in Buckinghamshire and that she had specifically recalled the building undergoing repairs and asbestos being removed by builders during lessons.

Mrs Steven’s daughter launched a petition prior to her mother’s death, calling for the Government to make it law to begin to remove all asbestos from schools by 2028.

The Department of Education has confirmed that the health and safety of children and staff in schools is vital which is why they are investing £23bn in school buildings by 2021.

Sarah Low & Emma Leary

If you or anyone you know are concerned about asbestos exposure, contact a member of our dedicated Asbestos Team on 0151 933 3333 or by email to or

Clinical advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Mesothelioma

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

A vaccine used in research in the US has been shown to be encouraging in treating one of the world’s deadliest cancers linked to asbestos, with good results.

In a trial 94 per cent of mesothelioma patients responded to the drug which is designed to harness the body’s own immune system to fight the disease. 

Dr Raffit Hassan, world leading expert on mesothelioma at the National Cancer Institute, in Bethesda, in the US, who led the research, said: “This is a breakthrough and these preliminary results are very exciting…”

Mesothelioma kills thousands of people a year and survival rates have not improved over recent years. In the vaccine study of 38 patients, 86 per cent had significant shrinkage of their tumours. 

In almost 60 per cent, tumours were reduced by more than 30 per cent and in 30 per cent of patients tumours shrank by an average of 80 per cent.!

In one patient the cancer completely disappeared.

The treatment, CRS-207, has now been granted orphan drug status by US drug regulators the Food and Drug Administration, which means it can be fast-tracked on to the market. 

The drug is delivered in the form of an injection and is made up of a weakened, non-infectious version of the bacteria listeria

This bacteria is engineered to release a protein which is also present on the mesothelioma cancer cells.   This triggers the immune system to kill the cancer cells along with the bacteria without the risk of listeria-related illness listeriosis. 

Dr Hassan said:
“When the listeria bacteria are killed the immune response is then increased and in turn this kills the cancer tumour.
Our goal is to put patients in long-term remission and based on this small study.
I think this is possible.” 

Research shows the same protein expressed on mesothelioma cells is also present in ovarian, stomach and pancreatic cancers and trials are now underway to explore whether the same treatment technique could be used to treat these cancers too. 

James Murray Solicitors act for clients and families who are affected by disease caused by asbestos exposure including:

  • Diffuse Pleural Thickening
  • Asbestosis
  • Asbestos Related Lung Cancer
  • Mesothelioma

Our specialist asbestos solicitors assist clients with asbestos claims and keep abreast of any developments in research that may assist their clients understanding of current treatment and developments. 

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Changes to the Intestacy Rules

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act 2014 was came into force on 1st October 2014 and introduced various changes to the intestacy rules.

The intestacy rules govern how your estate is distributed between your relatives if you die without making a Will. (more…)

Public Office Corruption – Baksheesh in Developing States

Thursday, October 8th, 2015


by James Murray (more…)

FGM – Are we serious ?

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

The number of those of all ages with Female Genital Mutilation in the UK has increased almost threefold to 170,000 over the past ten years according to the Times.


Complaints System Overview

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Adam Quick outlines the police complaints system.


Merseyside Police Quarterly Figures

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Period: April – September 2014.

Adam Quick is a civil advisor and Trainee Solicitor who specialises in Actions against the Police. – See more at:

For some time I have been concerned about the way complaints are handled in England and Wales.


Action Mesothelioma Day

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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Friday 4th July was Action Mesothelioma Day Event


Female Genital Mutilation – The Answer ?

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Look.  If UK social workers knew that a young white, Christian female was to be mutilated with FGM in this way, then that that child would instantly be taken into care. (more…)

A Big Hearted Law Firm!

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

James Murray Solicitors, led by, and with the very gentle persuasion of, our very own “Charity Queen”  senior lawyer, Rachel Lloyd, have created an outstanding piece of Christmas Cheer for the poor kids and the elderly of Romania. (more…)