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Alicia is Head of the Industrial Accident and Disease team, managing a team of 20 lawyers specialising in serious, high value and complex accident and occupational disease work.
Alicia acts for clients with a wide range of occupational diseases including asbestos related disease, chemical and lead poisoning, legionnaires disease, occupational asthma, dermatitis and repetitive strain injuries. She specialises in fatal accidents, serious road traffic and other accidents involving serious head, back, amputation and multiple injuries, loss of vision, severe burns and psychological damage. Another area of specialty and interest is accidents involving the elderly.
Alicia has acted in several landmark cases involving industrial accidents and the only known case involving negligent transmission of the HIV virus.
Best career moment: Winning damages from the estate of a defendant who, despite being medically qualified, negligently infected his partner with the HIV virus whilst hiding symptoms of his own advanced HIV disease and wrongly asserting that his own status was HIV negative. The client was a talented actor and musician who lost his health and his career just as it was taking off. It was very satisfying to achieve a settlement in this unique, fascinating and very deserving case.
Notable cases include:
- first case involving negligent transmission of HIV virus
- Smith v British Aerospace. Court of Appeal. Case involving employers duty to provide safe means of access for employees
- Bhatt v Fontain Motors. Court of Appeal 2010. Case involving interpretation of Work at Height Regulations 2005
Alicia qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and became a partner in 1987.