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18 May 2020

Jack McCracken and Sarah Hopkinson have published a series of five articles addressing possible liabilities on the part of employers for outbreaks of COVID-19 amongst their workforce. Please click here to access all five articles, or click on the link for a specific article below. Introduction. Liability at Common Law. Liability for Breach of Statutory Duty. Liability Under…

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06 May 2020

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 report was published in April 2020. The fact that the report is entitled “Silica – the next asbestos?” probably tells you something about the level of perceived…

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08 Mar 2020

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 [2020] EWCA Civ 227 deals with the thorny issue of restoration of a company to the register. Whilst this is not an issue specific to NIHL claims only, it is of particular relevance to…

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24 Feb 2020

On 19 September 2019, the Social Security (Industrial Injuries) (Prescribed Disease) Amendment Regulations 2019 were tabled in Parliament. They came into force on 9 December 2019. With their passing, they brought into the spotlight a ‘new’ prescribed disease from the use of vibratory tools at work: Dupuytren’s Contracture. On the back of this, there will inevitably be…

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29 Nov 2019

Patrick Limb QC & Gareth McAloon have suceeded in the Court of Appeal for the Appellant in Mackenzie v Alcoa Manufacturing (GB) Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 2110. The Court of Appeal has this morning handed down judgment in this significant decision on a noise-induced hearing loss (“NIHL”) claim in which they have overturned the decision of Garnham J…

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