Advising on a secondary victim claim? December 2014 produced a trio of new cases – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted March 17th, 2015 in health, negligence, news, psychiatric damage, victims by sally

‘If you are struggling to pin down the relevant principles when advising in a secondary victim case this should be no surprise. As Lord Hoffmann observed: “It seems to me that in this area of the law, the search for principle was called off in Alcock v Chief Constable of South Yorkshire [1992] 1 A.C. 310. No one can pretend that the existing law, which your Lordships have to accept, is founded upon principle.” in White v Chief Constable of South Yorkshire [1999] 2 AC 455 (the police officers’ claims arising out of the Hillsborough disaster).’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 20th January 2015