A Warwickshire personal injury solicitor has expressed her frustration at a report into a devastating Leamington factory fire being delayed yet again, meaning it is unlikely to be published much before the third anniversary of the fatal blaze.

The fire at Leeson Polyurethanes Ltd on 27 August 2021 led to employee David Boswell losing his life and many more being deeply affected.

The report was originally due for completion in December 2022 but further delays mean that it will not be ready until May 2024 at the earliest, with the HSE advising that even this date is not set in stone.

Claire Kirwan, a partner and head of the personal injury department at Blythe Liggins, who is bringing civil claims on behalf of some of those affected by the fire, said: “It could now be almost three years since the fire before we get the answers we desperately need.

“This also means further ongoing uncertainty for those affected by the fire. Notwithstanding the complexities of the matter, it does seem to be taking an incredibly long time.”

It is understood that the delays are due to a variety of reasons, the main one being that the investigation team haven’t addressed all of the issues required. They have had to carry out further enquiries as a result and an additional specialist was appointed as late as October 2023.

Claire added: “I fully appreciate all processes must be adhered to, but it is very disappointing that we are facing yet another delay to the report’s publication.

“Once again, I would urge the HSE to treat this report with urgency so that we can start to bring closure for those that were affected so badly and continue to be affected.”

Claire, who has appeared on BBC Watchdog and Legal TV throughout her career, will continue to push for answers for her clients.

Caption: Claire Kirwan, Partner and Head of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

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