International Asbestos-Related Disease Claims

Martin Hanna

04 May 2017


Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors is one of the leading NI law firms dealing with specialist asbestos-related disease claims.


Since the early 1960s, we have been acting on behalf of victims of asbestos-related diseases and have prosecuted claims on behalf of individuals who have been exposed to asbestos in the building and shipping industries, in the power stations and in a large number of factories and work premises throughout Northern Ireland.

We specialise in seeking compensation for victims of exposure to asbestos throughout the world and have forged strong partnerships and allegiances with asbestos-related experts in Australia, the USA and Canada.

Whilst the vast majority of cases that we deal with are where exposure to asbestos has taken place in Northern Ireland, we frequently deal with cases where Northern Ireland citizens contracted their asbestos-related condition following exposure to asbestos in other countries.

We have recently settled an asbestos claim for a gentlemen living in Northern Ireland who was exposed to asbestos while working in Australia as a young man in the 1960s.  Some 50 years after the exposure in Australia, and long after he had returned to Northern Ireland, our client was diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition.

Due to a close working relationship that our firm has with a respected worldwide law firm in Australia, we were able to assist our client with lodging a claim for compensation in Australia for his injuries.   As a result, our client was awarded very substantial damages from the Sydney Dust Diseases Tribunal in Australia.

Martin Hanna, Senior Litigation Partner states “we are delighted with this outcome for our client which was possible due to our growing relationships with experts in other jurisdictions.  We managed to obtain more compensation for our client in Australia than we would have been able to obtain for him here had he been exposed in Northern Ireland”.

If you or any family member has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition, regardless of whether exposure to asbestos occurred in Northern Ireland or elsewhere in the world, we can assist you with making a claim for compensation and any state benefits that you may be entitled to.

Please contact us for a free, no obligation appointment to discuss your option on 028 9024 3901 or email us at