17 December 2020 - Written by Thomas Herbert
On 16 December 2020, HM Assistant Coroner for Inner South London, Philip Barlow, concluded that “air pollution exposure” was a contributory cause of nine-year-old Ella Adoo Kissi-Debrah’s death in 2013. This is the first time that a coroner ...
14 December 2020 - Written by Abigail Scott
The Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC) has announced its intention to conduct a review of selected malignant and non-malignant respiratory diseases and their relationships with occupational exposures. The IIAC is the advis...
Followers of our Disease Blog may have noticed a slight trend in some of our posts which have focused on the potential for future claims for damages in respect of early onset dementia and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (“CTE”) for ex-sportsmen and s...
30 November 2020 - Written by Jessica Woodliffe
Certain Compensation Recovery Unit Payments Declared Incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights
In R (on the application of (1) Aviva Insurance Ltd (2) Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd) v The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions  EWHC 3118 (Admin), the Claimants challenged the unintended and onerous consequences of the Compensation Recovery Unit ...
The coronavirus pandemic has transformed the way many of us work. This blog post primarily considers the potential implications of home working on occupational stress claims by looking closely at the key case law in this area. Some observations are also offered as to ...
20 November 2020 - Written by Gareth McAloon
It may be recalled that we previously blogged on asbestos in schools in June 2020. In that feature, we reported that the Department for Education’s survey, l...
18 November 2020 - Written by Gareth McAloon
The Court of Appeal has refused the Claimant permission to appeal the decision of Martin Spencer J in Holmes v S&B Concrete Ltd  EWHC 2277 (QB). Philip Godfrey analys...
Jack McCracken and Sarah Hopkinson revisit the question of liability for COVID-19 infections, this ti...
Last month nothing happened and that matters. The International Conference on Concussion in Sport (organised by the Concussion in Sport Group) is a key meeting at which, on a broadly quadrennial basis, a group of approximately 40 e...
3 November 2020 - Written by Richard Seabrook
The Correct Application of the Judicial College Guidelines to the Assessment of Damages for Asbestosis and Pleural Thickening
In Hamilton v NG Bailey Ltd  EWHC 2910 (QB), the High Court sought clarity from the editors of the Judicial College Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases (the "JC Guidelines") about their proper applicat...
26 October 2020 - Written by Thomas Herbert
A peer-reviewed study published on 21 October 2020 by academics from the University of Sheffield suggests that workers exposed to diesel fumes or who undertake plumbing, gas f...
23 October 2020
Following our recent success in the Legal 500 2021, Chambers' expertise in the field of industrial dis...
21 October 2020 - Written by Alex Denton
Last week HM Senior Coroner John Gittins found that the death of former international footballer, Alan Jarvis, was caused by his participation in professional sport. During the 1960s and 1970s, Mr Jarvis played for Everton, Hull Ci...
6 October 2020 - Written by Patrick Limb QC
When considering claims against parent companies, a useful starting-point is the digest provided by Sales LJ (as he then was) in AAA v Unilever plc  BCC 959 at : “There is no special...
5 October 2020 - Written by Gareth McAloon
Even during the strange times of this pandemic, there has been a persistent desire to ensure that awareness of asbestos risks is maintained. There is no doubt, however, that the pandemic has curtailed those endeavours. Large sections of the workforce have been pl...
3 October 2020 - Written by Philip Turton
On 2 October 2020, the American Food & Drug Administration approved a combination of nivolumab (OPDIVO, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co) and ipilimumab (YERVOY, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co) as a first-line treatment for adults with unresectable mesothelioma. Randomi...
1 October 2020 - Written by Jessica Woodliffe
In Hinson v Hare Realizations Ltd  EWHC 2386 (QB), the High Court reaffirmed the factors relevant to an application to abandon a single joint expert report and rely on one’s own expert evidence. To read the judgment, please click ...
30 September 2020
Chambers' expertise in the field of industrial disease has been acknowledged in the latest edition of the Legal 500. Along with our description as a "go-to" set for industrial disease, Jayne Adams QC...
24 September 2020 - Written by Philip Turton
Practice Direction 3D provides for an expedited system of civil procedure to be applied to claims for damages for mesothelioma. In practice it is now applied by the High Court Masters to all asbestos claims. One of its significant innovations is the “Show Ca...
24 August 2020 - Written by Philip Godfrey
The High Court has handed down judgment in the case of Holmes v S & B Concrete Ltd  EWHC 2277 (QB), holding that a Claimant bringing a claim for personal injury cannot generally rely upon the provisions of the Companies Act 2006 to avoid a...
3 June 2020 - Written by Kam Jaspal
In this article, Kam Jaspal provides an update on asbestos litigation in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic and summarises recent developments in the area, from asbestos in schools to low exposure claims and limitation. As...
Jack McCracken and Sarah Hopkinson have published a series of five articles addressing possible liabi...
6 May 2020 - Written by Gareth McAloon
In July 2019, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Respiratory Health, in partnership with not-for-profit organisation B&CE, commenced an enquiry into the issue of silicosis in the construction industry. The ...
8 March 2020 - Written by Gareth McAloon
The Court of Appeal recently handed down a decision of particular interest in noise-induced hearing loss ("NIHL") claims. Cowley v LW Carlisle & Company Ltd  EWCA Civ 227 deals with the thorny issue of restoration of a company to the ...
24 February 2020 - Written by Gareth McAloon
On 19 September 2019, the Social Security (Industrial Injuries) (Prescribed Disease) Amendment Regulations 2019 were tabled in Parliament. They came into force on ...
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