General liability claims

We are specialists in handling bodily and psychiatric injury claims from small value, high volume cases to multi million pound brain damage claims. Our expertise covers the whole spectrum of personal injury insurance law.

Our lawyers have considerable experience in all aspects of insurance claims handling, from advising in relation to risk and crisis management, to providing policy coverage advice, advising in respect of liability and quantum and conducting the litigation process to trial.

We have experience in advising on a wide range of employers’, public, and general liability matters including slips and trips, stress and bullying in the workplace, work related upper limb disorder, historic sexual abuse and catastrophic injury - we have unrivalled expertise in this field.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Historic abuse claims

    Historic abuse is receiving significant publicity which brings with it large volumes of Claimants who previously felt they could not report their stories. Coupled with the widening scope of vicarious liability, we are now regularly seeing claims against schools, sports clubs, the entertainment industry, children’s homes and charities.

    Having handled individual cases as well as many high profile claims (for example following the Savile Inquiry), we have considerable experience in this highly sensitive and specialised area. We understand that each case needs to be approached uniquely, the key issues understood quickly, and the importance of working with our client to advise and plan for all possible outcomes to include minimising adverse publicity.

    read our recent insight
  • Stress and bullying in the workplace

    We are seeing a growing number of claims for psychiatric injury arising from employees who are overworked and under supported, and those claiming that they have been bullied or harassed in the workplace. We have even seen a claim involving an employee who alleged that his employer had allowed him to be the subject of bullying and harassment outside the workplace. Claims for psychiatric injury have become a specialist area in their own right.

    We have handled numerous cases and are fully aware of the importance of obtaining factual evidence at the earliest opportunity, together with robust expert opinion. We will advise at an early stage on the merits and economics of defending a claim and will consider with you the best way to achieve early resolution, be it by way of early offer, mediation or some other method of alternative resolution.

    Read our recent insight
  • General liability claims

    Slips and trips are the most common cause of injuries at work and cost UK employers an estimated £800 million a year, whist manual handling is the main work related activity to cause back disorders.

    We have extensive experience in responding to all types of employers’ and public liability claims. We know the importance of securing factual evidence at the earliest opportunity, and obtaining robust expert opinion. We will advise from the outset of the merits and economics of defending a claim and will consider with you the best way forward to achieve early resolution, be it by way of early offer, mediation, or some other method of alternative resolution.

    Read our insight on 'How to prevent slips and trips: A guide for employers and occupiers'.

    Read our insight on 'How to respond to an incident giving rise to a potential claim'

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