Martin Pettingell, head of the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Department at Clarke Willmott LLP, was recently asked by the College of Law to provide material for a programme of continuing professional education looking at the development of the law around asbestos, mesothelioma and insurance.
The programme was aimed at qualified lawyers and looked at some of the complex issues arising from such cases as Bolton MBC v Municipal Mutual Insurance, Durham v BAI and of course all of those cases that have become known generically as the ‘Employers Liability Trigger Litigation’.
Martin was asked to go to talk about the implications of the Court of Appeal decision in Chandler v Cape Plc and the extent to which this represented the first case to “pierce the corporate veil”
“I found it interesting to go back and re-evaluate these cases from a more academic perspective and to consider them together as part of the ongoing development of this difficult area of law. It is easy, however, to lose sight of the impact of this unpleasant and fatal disease on individual people and their families. Overall though these cases represent an improvement in the prospects for claimants”
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