Robert Weir QC wins asbestos case in Court of Appeal

In Thompson v The Renwick Group plc [2014] EWCA Civ 635  Robert Weir QC acted for the defendant, a parent company, held by the trial judge to have owed a duty of care to an employee of its subsidiary. The Court of Appeal accepted the defendant’s case that the mere fact that the parent may have appointed as director of the subsidiary company a person with health and safety responsibilities for the claimant did not mean that the parent owed the employee a duty of care.  That left the claimant having to contend that his case met the 4 stage test set by Arden LJ in Chandler v Cape plc [2012] 1 WLR 3111, a case in which Robert Weir QC had acted for the claimant who had successfully established that he was owed a duty of care by his employer’s parent company. The facts in this case fell far short of meeting the threshold even for the first stage test and so no duty of care was owed. Robert Weir QC was instructed with Simon Plaut by Stephen Covell of Bond Dickinson.

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