Rob Weir QC acting for claimants granted permission to appeal to Supreme Court

The claimants in Greenway v Johnson Matthey plc [2016] 1 WLR 4487 were recently granted permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.  The hearing will now be heard in November 2017.   The claimants had been negligently exposed to platinum salts at work as a result of which they developed platinum sensitivity.  If they continued in their jobs working with platinum salts, they were liable to go on to develop platinum allergy.   As a result, the employer defendant took them away from their relatively well remunerated jobs and, in some cases, terminated their employment.    Jay J at first instance and the Court of Appeal have refused their claims for damages.   The claimants contend that they have suffered an actionable personal injury although the exposure did not cause them any symptoms or progress to an allergy.    In the alternative, the claimants' case is that they have suffered economic loss for which they should be compensated, whether in tort or for breach of contract.

Robert Weir QC is instructed with Patrick Kerr of 12 KBW by Harminder Bains of Leigh Day.

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