All posts by Richard Hopley

ACOD B – A 1980s Design Success

The special features of mesothelioma (its “indivisible” nature and its long latency) have thrown up many complex legal questions resulting in the creation of special mesothelioma jurisprudence and legislation governing the liabilities arising from the disease and how insurance should respond. Those developments have taken nearly 20 years, but the […]

Court of Appeal provides guidance on forseeability in mesothelioma claims

In Bussey v Anglia Heating ([2018] EWCA Civ.243, 22 February 2018), the Court of Appeal looked at asbestos exposure levels sufficient to found liability for causing mesothelioma. Mr Bussey had developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure while employed by the defendant as a plumber from 1965 to 1968. The […]

High Court revisits the question of the breach of duty of care in relation to mesothelioma

English law has developed a body of principles to address the particular problems posed by mesothelioma. This special area of law is known as the “Fairchild enclave”, a reference to the House of Lords decision in 2002. The Court has adopted a modified test for causation, but the claimant still […]

Court of Appeal considers application of Fairchild test in asbestos-induced lung cancer cases

In Heneghan v Manchester Dry Docks Ltd &  Ors [2016] EWCA Civ 86, the Court of Appeal considered whether the Fairchild exception should be applied in a case of multiple exposures to asbestos leading to lung cancer. Like mesothelioma, lung cancer is regarded as an “indivisible” disease – the severity does […]