Deborah Smith is a Partner at OH Parsons and
specialises in Asbestos Disease Litigation

Prior to returning to full time education and qualifying as a solicitor, Deborah was a manual worker in a manufacturing factory and also spent a couple of years at a distribution warehouse. Deborah experienced just how dangerous and noisy some workplaces could be.

From the age of 18, she represented trade union members in her roles of workplace convenor and Branch Secretary until returning to full time education to study Labour Studies at a Trade Union College, (Ruskin College in Oxford).

From Ruskin, Deborah went on to study law and qualified as a solicitor in 2000 with a special interest in employment law and health and safety at work.

Deborah helps people and their families who have been diagnosed with asbestos related diseases, which can obviously be both shocking and devastating.

Deborah has many years of experience securing compensation, treatment costs and help with care needs and aids for people suffering with mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening.  

She has acted for workers and their families across a wide range of industries including the building trade, power stations, dockyards, heavy industry, railways, heating installation, shipping, factories and schools.

Deborah works closely with Asbestos Support Groups and also acts for Unite members and private clients nationally.


Secured £200,000 for Mrs S whose husband had worked at the same factory as Deborah. The factory had numerous works all over the town and employed thousands of people in its day. Mr S worked in maintenance and repaired asbestos corrugated roofing, fireproofed doors and staircases with asbestos sheeting. He sadly died after contracting mesothelioma.     

Secured £260,000 for Mr B who was diagnosed with mesothelioma caused by cutting asbestos sheets for fireproofing doors and walls.

Secured £190,000 for Mrs J whose husband sadly died after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. He was exposed to asbestos as a carpenter when he cut asbestos sheeting with an electric saw to be used to fireproof doors.

Secured £255,000 for Mrs P whose husband worked in the building industry and died from mesothelioma after working with asbestos twice over a period of 3 weeks in total during his working life.

Secured £175,000 for Mr H who was diagnosed with mesothelioma after working on the CLASP building of new schools. The metal frame was clad with wood and then Mr J had to insert asbestos or glass panels.

Secured £24,000 provisional damages for Mr B who developed asbestosis. This enables him to return to the court should his condition deteriorate or should he develop mesothelioma, lung cancer or pleural thickening.

Secured £137,500 for Mrs S whose husband died from lung cancer. He was a fitter at a power station. Laggers worked alongside him breaking off the asbestos lagging from the pipes and pouring asbestos into a bucket to mix it up to reapply.

Won over £300,000 at trial for the family of a school Secretary who was exposed to asbestos during the school holidays when refurbishments were carried out. 



Deborah is a member of the
Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers,
Unite the Union, Association of
Personal Injury Lawyers and the Labour Party.

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