Ivan Bowley

Call To The Bar: 1990

‘Very well known for his expertise in industrial disease claims.’ – The Legal 500, 2018

‘An expert in occupational diseases, including asbestos-related and other respiratory conditions.’ – The Legal 500, 2015


At Lincoln House Chambers, Ivan Bowley is an established force in industrial disease work. Applauded as an “exceptional member of the Bar,” he is a barrister “head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to disease work.” Asbestos, work-related lung disease, cancer and noise-induced hearing loss cases all fall within his remit. Ivan has acted in numerous high-profile cases including the British Coal litigation.”

Ivan Bowley joined Lincoln House in 1992 after practising in London. Having initially covered all areas of Chambers‟ work, Ivan specialised in personal injury and for many years he has worked exclusively in this field. His main area of work, for which he has acquired a national reputation, is in occupational disease and, in particular, asbestos litigation and other respiratory disease. Ivan works almost exclusively for claimants.

Ivan Bowley specialises in industrial disease and serious personal injury, acting on behalf of claimants. For many years he has been one of the leading juniors at the Bar for industrial disease litigation.

Ivan also practices at 12 Kings Bench Walk in London and has regularly been listed in Chambers and Partners Band 1 for personal injury on the Northern Circuit and as a leading practitioner in the Legal 500. He is listed in Band 1 of the Chambers and Partners’ list “Personal Injury: Industrial Disease – All Circuits”.

Industrial Disease

A substantial part of his practice involves representing claimants in some of the largest industrial disease group actions litigated in the UK. Notable cases include:

A major part of Ivan’s practice involves high value asbestos or other respiratory disease or cancer claims involving complex issues of liability, causation, limitation and quantum. He routinely appears on behalf of claimants in the specialist asbestos lists. Reported cases include:

He continues to provide generic, policy or strategic advice to claimant solicitors firms about asbestos and other disease litigation. Ivan is regularly instructed on behalf of claimants suffering from rarer forms of cancer arising out of occupational exposure to chemicals, wood dust, composite dust, radiation etc. Ivan also undertakes work involving VWF, NIHL, Non Freezing Cold Injury and dermatitis.

Group Claim Litigation

A substantial part of Ivan’s practice involves acting for Claimants in group actions. In addition to the cases mentioned above, Ivan has been instructed as sole counsel or with a leader in numerous other group or multi party actions as follows: