No liability on parent company for asbestos exposure to employee of subsidiary
In Thompson v Renwick Group plc  EWCA Civ 635, Mr Thompson was exposed to asbestos while working for his employer, a transport haulage company, during the mid-1970s. As a result of the exposure, he developed diffuse pleural thickening. At the relevant time, his employer was a subsidiary of Renwick but it had long since dissolved and no relevant insurer could be ascertained. The claim for damages was therefore brought against Renwick, alleging that it owed a duty of care directly to Mr Thompson. At first instance, before HHJ Platts, Mr Thompson succeeded. Simon Plaut and Robert Weir QC (of Devereux Chambers), instructed by Bond Dickinson, have succeeded in overturning that judgment…
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