Laytons scores High Court victory for Rovers

A landmark court victory for Laytons on behalf of Blackburn Rovers is expected to lead to a flood of claims by sports clubs against insurers.

The club successfully challenged a refusal by its insurer to pay compensation to former player Martin Dahlin, who was forced to leave the club in 1998 because of a back problem.

The insurer denied liability on the grounds that a standard clause in its personal injury cover stated that it did not have to pay out for disablement linked to arthritic or degenerative conditions.

This clause was previously thought to cover the type of normal “wear and tear” injuries suffered by many professional sportsmen. However, Mr Justice Moore-Bick in the High Court ruled that it did not.

A flood of claims from other clubs is now expected and it is understood that a similar claim is being considered by former Newcastle and Blackburn defender Darren Peacock.

Manchester-based Lay-tons partner Daniel Izza instructed Quadrant Cham-bers barrister Stephen Cog-ley. The insurer instructed LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae, which used Four New Square counsel Jeremy Stuart-White and David Turner.