Appeals in psychiatric claims made by secondary victims: news next year?

Back in February, we blogged about two clinical negligence claims, Paul and Polmear, which are subject to appeals. At the time we raised the possibility of the Court of Appeal hearing them together given that they involve essentially the same points of law.

Although the appeal hearing in Paul had initially been listed in November, the latest news is that both cases been now been listed in the same window in mid-December and it has recently been confirmed that they will be heard together by the same bench.

Given the common issues (summarised in the earlier blog linked above) this is a pragmatic and welcome approach. With the hearings in December, we should therefore expect what will be an important judgment on those issues during the first few months of 2022.

Alistair Kinley at BLM
Alistair Kinley, Director of Policy and Government Affairs at BLM

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