In brief: Ilex urges psychiatric illness definitions

Parliament should decide on who is able to claim for psychiatric illness induced by shocking events like the Hillsborough disaster and not the courts, says the Institute of Legal Executives. In its response to the Law Commission's consultation on liability for psychiatric illness, Ilex says the latest medical research into psychiatric illness should be used to establish legal definitions relating to the illness. Ilex president David Pipkin said: “This will help reduce the subjectivity of the approach taken by the courts in dealing with such claims.” Ilex supports the commission proposal that people claiming secondary victims should be limited to those with a close love for the first victim.