WEBINAR WEDNESDAY - Civil claims and COVID-19

Wednesday 22 July 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed every aspect of our lives from our working environments, to our personal relationships. As a result, there is a new wave of civil litigation claims that may arise. In our latest webinar, Catherine Souter, Barrister at Parklane Plowden Chambers explores the potential claims including: claims for infection arising from negligent exposure, failure to provide PPE, physical and psychological injury arising out of re-allocated or additional duties and claims for occupational stress and harassment.

Catherine focuses on employers’ liability, public liability and occupiers’ liability claims, but the discussion is relevant to all sectors. The duties owed by defendants are explained and a number of practical steps identified to facilitate compliance, particularly when employees return to work, visitors return to premises and businesses begin to return to a 'new normal'. Tactical considerations are then identified to ensure that defendants are in the best position to defend any claims which may ensue.

There is then a general discussion on the wider implications of COVID-19, including on the valuation of claims and specific heads of loss, a likely increase in fraudulent and exaggerated claims, 'COVID-19 excuses' and the impact of inevitable delay on the litigation process.

Catherine acts for clients from a wide range of sectors including NHS Trusts and insurance companies. However, the majority of her caseload is for local authority clients nationwide. She has extensive experience of all types of employers’ liability and public liability claims, most notably highway, property damage and stress at work claims, including those of the utmost severity and those involving allegations of fraud and fundamental dishonesty.

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