Quick update – legal

In the case of Dowdall v William Kenyon & Sons Ltd and Others (2014) EWHC 2822 the High Court has exercised its discretion pursuant to s.33 of the Limitation Act 1980 to allow the Claimant, who had contracted Mesothelioma, to proceed with his claim against the Defendants, notwithstanding that he had previously compromised a claim involving eight other Defendants for asbestosis causing a disability of 10-15%.  In the earlier action it was also agreed that the Claimant had a risk of developing other types of asbestos related injuries including Mesothelioma.  The court confirmed that such proceedings did not amount to an abuse of process.