Fairchild v Glenhaven Funeral Services Ltd and others [2002] IRLR 533 HL

Reports relating to this case:

  • Case round-up

    Date:
    1 September 2002

    Our resident experts at Pinsent Curtis Biddle bring you a comprehensive update on all the latest decisions that could affect your organisation, and advice on what to do about them.

  • Employer's liability: Successive employers were jointly liable for materially increasing risk of employees' disease

    Date:
    1 August 2002

    In Fairchild v Glenhaven Funeral Services Ltd and others, and related cases, the House of Lords holds that, where it is established that successive employers had each failed in their duty of care to protect an employee from contracting a disease during his or her employment with them, but it cannot be proved which particular employment had caused the damage complained of, each employer could be held liable in damages for the breach.

  • House of Lords victory for asbestosis victims

    Date:
    8 July 2002

    The House of Lords has overturned the Court of Appeal decision last December in the test cases of Fairchild v Glenhaven Funeral Services Ltd and related cases.

  • When the dust settles

    Date:
    1 July 2002

    The Law Lords have re-opened the door to compensation claims for asbestos-related disease. But how far-reaching will the ruling be?

  • Asbestos compensation

    Date:
    1 July 2002

    Earlier reports that the floodgates for litigation would open following the Law Lords' ruling on victims of mesothelioma may well prove to have been exaggerated.

  • Legal casebook: Causation and asbestos

    Date:
    1 July 2002

    An explanation of employers' liability in cases of employee illnesses contracted through exposure to asbestos.

  • House of Lords averts major asbestos "injustice"

    Date:
    1 June 2002

    The House of Lords has reversed what the Court of Appeal called a "major injustice" to mesothelioma victims. The ruling, on 16 May, means that victims of this fatal asbestos-induced disease are, after all, eligible for compensation from their former employers.