18 May 2021 - Written by Toby Stewart, Sarah Hopkinson & Kate Longson

The Scope and Limits of Acceptable Risk in Exposure Cases

Toby Stewart, Sarah Hopkinson and Kate Longson look back to the leading House of Lords decision in Baker v Quantum Clothing Group Ltd [2011] 1 WLR 1003 and discuss how the concepts of risk and acceptable limits of exposure now operate in modern day ...

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19 January 2021 - Written by Thomas Herbert

Court of Appeal Considers 'Lost Years' Claims in Head v The Culver Heating Co Ltd

In a judgment handed down on 18 January 2021 in Head v The Culver Heating Co Ltd [2021] EWCA Civ 34, the Court of Appeal unanimously allowed an appeal against the decision of HHJ Melissa Clarke dismissing the Claimant's 'lost years' claim. The judge had dismi...

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18 January 2021 - Written by Jessica Woodliffe

Latest Instalment in Insurers' Challenge to CRU Provisions

In R (on the application of (1) Aviva Insurance Ltd (2) Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd) v The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2021] EWHC 30 (Admin), Henshaw J dealt with certain consequential matters arising from his ...

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14 December 2020 - Written by Abigail Scott

IIAC Announces Review of the Relationship Between Respiratory Diseases and Occupational Exposures

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...

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5 October 2020 - Written by Gareth McAloon

Asbestos Training Numbers Plummet During Lockdown as HSE Targets the Construction Industry Again

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...

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3 June 2020 - Written by Kam Jaspal

Asbestos Claims Update

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...

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6 May 2020 - Written by Gareth McAloon

Silica: The Next Asbestos?

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 ...

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