Kings Chambers' Jeremy Roussak enjoys success in asbestos-related claim
In Matthews v Collins & ors  EWHC 2952 (QB), Jeremy Roussak, junior counsel at Kings Chambers, successfully resisted an attempt by the defendant to strike out as an abuse of process an asbestos-related claim after the claimant window had authorised the coroner to destroy retained tissue samples.
Swift J found that neither she nor her solicitors could be claimed for the destruction and that a fair trial was still possible.
The judge indicated that she intended to ask the chief coroner to give guidance to all coroners concerning retention of tissue samples after findings at inquest of death from industrial disease.
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In the months since the landmark decision of the Supreme Court in Cheshire West, the courts have continued to put into effect Lady Hale’s ‘acid test’.
In Thompson v Renwick Group plc, Mr Thompson was exposed to asbestos while working for his employer, a transport haulage company, during the mid-1970s.
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The effects of recent changes to civil litigation are only just beginning to be felt, but barristers in the regions have several reasons to be cheerful