Thursday, 4 November 2010


The pink ribbon is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness.... it is also used by legal firms to tie up a brief for delivery to a barrister!!

Each October - breast cancer awareness month - hundreds, if not thousands of products are emblazened with pink ribbons, or coloured pink.

People raise money by organizing different activities such as "Pink Day"whereby each employee wears an article of pink clothing, ribbon or accessory at work to signify their intention to support/raise money in aid of breast cancer.

Talk about team effort, a VERY BIG THANK YOU goes to Claire and Liz from ABD's Accounts Department for organising once again "dress down day including something pink." This was in support of breast cancer charity which took place on 29th of last month! All the office staff took part! THAT IS - Devizes, Calne, Wootton Bassett and Marlborough Offices! Its the taking part that counts!!

Their day not only included dressing down and wearing something pink, for £2.00 each, but also a buffet lunch whereby each employee provided food and everyone ate a plate of lunch for £1.00! a tombola, a raffle, cakes were made for sale and more!!

At the end of the day, an amazing total of £197.60 was raised! These proceeds will go towards helping to find a cure, breast cancer care, or research programmes.

As for the historical lawyers pink ribbon, that will just continue to tie up briefs!!

Monday, 1 November 2010


Mesothelioma - meaning - "a malignant tumour of the lining of the chest or abdomen often caused by
asbestos dust".

Mr X had been employed by Islington Borough Council as a Clerk of Works. His job was to oversee the removal of asbestos from Council owned properties which he did for approximately 10 years. He then retired.

20 years later, he began to develop shortness of breath followed by a variety of other unpleasant symptoms that became increasingly more unpleasant and also painful

He had contracted MESOTHELIOMA

Sadly, he died 5 months later after diagnosis.


Some months later after much discussion, his family decided to contact Peter Shah -Personal Injury Lawyer and Partner at ABD. They wanted to know whether they should sue because they were extremely unhappy with how and why Mr X had died. They felt that Islington Borough Council were to blame.

Peters job was to claim compensation for the loss of a loved one.

After a period of time, as a result of Peters hard work, an out of court settlement was finally reached with the Councils insurers. Mr X's family received £80,000 and Islington Borough Council admitted defeat.

Mr X's wife and family were extremely happy with the outcome that Peter had achieved for them and they felt that justice had been done.

A very worthwhile case.