Deborah Krelle, formerly of Michael W Halsall Solicitors, has been recruited by claimant firm, Simpson Millar LLP, as its new Head of Industrial Disease.[i]
Based in the Manchester office, she has been tasked with the objective of ‘strengthening the firm’s reputation in the Industrial Disease division’.
We previously reported, in edition 197 of BC Disease News (here), that Simpson Millar had received a ‘Receivables Funding Facility’ of ‘up to £5 million’ from Doorway Capital Ltd. Doorway was assigned the debt of Fairpoint Group, Simpson Millar’s former owner, after the Group entered into administration. However, redundancies at Simpson Millar soon followed, which we reported in edition 221 (here).
Ms. Krelle has more than 20 years of industrial disease experience, having handled HAVS, NIHL, asthma and asbestos-related disease claims.
With Slater and Gordon Solutions having announced that its NIHL team will be disbanded by 2020 (as discussed here), it will be interesting to see whether, like AWH Legal (also reported here), Simpson Millar re-positions its focus towards mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
[i] ‘Simpson Millar Announces Appointment Of New Head Of Industrial Disease’ (14 December 2018 Business Up North) <https://www.businessupnorth.co.uk/simpson-millar-announces-appointment-of-new-head-of-industrial-disease/> accessed 31 January 2019.