Turner and Newall Asbestos Claims


If you or a family member has previously worked at a Turner and Newall (T&N) company and have been diagnosed with an asbestos related illness as a result of the company's activities, we can help you secure the compensation which you deserve.


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The T&N Asbestos Trustee Company

The T&N Asbestos Trustee Company scheme was setup in 2006 for people who were exposed to asbestos during their course of employment or due to the activities of a T&N company causing the development of an asbestos related illness.

Due to the company now being defunct, the scheme allows people to recover compensation if diagnosed with an asbestos related illness as a result of T&N's actions.

Any claim regarding a T&N company must be submitted directly to the trust and meet the following requirements:-

  • The claim must be made within three years from either the date of diagnosis by a medical professional or date of the victim's death
  • The claim must have supporting evidence of exposure to asbestos
  • If the claim is for asbestosis, the course of employment should be at least six months with a Turner & Newall company and exposure to asbestos at least 15 years before first diagnosis.
  • If the claim is for lung cancer, the course of employment should be at least six months with a Turner & Newall company and exposure to asbestos at least 10 years before first diagnosis.

Turner and Newall History

Initially founded in Rochdale (1871) under the name 'Turner Brothers', the company originally specialised in manufacturing cotton-cloth-based packaging. Eight years later, Turner Brothers became the first company in the United Kingdom to weave asbestos fibers to cloth and underwent a slight name change to 'Turner Brothers Asbestos Company'.

The company opened an asbestos cement plant at Trafford Park, Manchester soon before the first World War, producing the 'Trafford Tile' (an asbestos cement sheet), which was commonly used for building construction.

The Turner & Newall group was formed in 1920 following the union of four businesses' - The Washington Chemical Company, J.W Roberts, Newalls Insulation Company and TBA Industrial Products Ltd. The group would operate from a plant in Leeds until 1959 after the events of the Armley asbestos disaster.

The company relocated to Manchester and expanded into the automotive industry in 1949, producing key engine components such as gaskets.

Turner & Newall were acquired by Federal-Mogul in 1998 and put into administration as a result of asbestos claims in October 2001.*

* Information on company history obtained via Turner and Newall Wikipedia entry and the T&N asbestos trustee website.

Asbestos Related Diseases

  • Asbestosis
    Asbestosis is a type of pneumoconiosis defined as lung fibrosis caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibres. Asbestosis can seriously affect normal daily activity and lead to various complications.
  • Mesothelioma
    Mesothelioma is a formally rare form of cancer that affects lungs and the lining of the lower digestive tract. Many cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed at an advanced stage as symptoms are non specific and appear late in the development of the disease. This can manifest between 30 and 40 years post exposure. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it's estimated that 85% of all male mesothelioma claims are related to occupational exposures.
  • Asbestos Exposure
    Exposure to asbestos can also cause other diseases such as Asbestos-related lung cancer and non-malignant pleural disease.

T&N Subsidiary Companies

There were a number of companies a part of the T&N group during their existence. Below is a list of the main T&N companies which either manufactured and/or used products which contained asbestos:-

  • J.W. Roberts Limited
  • Newalls Insulation Company Limited
  • The Washington Chemical Company Limited
  • TBA Industrial Products Limited
  • Turners Asbestos Cement Limited
  • Ferodo Limited

How do I make a claim under the trust scheme?

Our specialist asbestos claims team will support you through the trust's claim process. We will aid in managing your claim with the trust, dealing with the initial submission of your claim and handling any requirements need by the trust such as the arrangement and obtaining medical evidence.

To speak with one of our specialist team, call us today on 08000 93 00 94 or if you prefer, complete our short online enquiry form.

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