We are experienced in a wide variety of psychiatric injury claims, including those concerning mental health issues such as panic and anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, debilitating phobias and chronic pain conditions, which typically involve a psychological element. Our members are frequently instructed to advise in complex secondary victims’ claims.
Much of our work in this area sits at the interface between psychiatric injury and employment law and we have a long established and excellent reputation for dealing with psychological trauma claims arising in the workplace. Many of our team are experts in occupational stress, statutory harassment, overwork, breach of contract and confidentiality claims and all forms of discrimination, including equal pay disputes and claims by members against their trade unions. We are also at the forefront of workplace issues arising out of COVID-19 and stress related claims emanating from extraordinary work situations and the subsequent impact on employer liability risks. A number of us have developed a niche specialism in the emerging field of discrimination in the provision of services.
Elsewhere our experience covers both contemporary and historic claims, and cases brought by individuals as well as group actions involving multiple parties, such as asylum seekers and those exploited through human trafficking. We are especially well-known for handling group litigation claims, often on behalf of the government, relating to recently acknowledged psychiatric issues suffered following historic human rights abuses, whether sexual, physical or psychological. Examples include the Kenyan Emergency Litigation and the important litigation arising out of the alleged abuses of child migrants to Australia and Rhodesia in the 1950’s and 1960’s. We also handle claims involving prisons and other secure institutions.
There is significant overlap with a number of our other practices and many of us have complementary expertise in areas such as sport, dealing with discrimination and psychological injury arising out of training methods and rehabilitation, health insurance when considering long term, chronic illness and insurance fraud, in relation to exaggerated or fundamental dishonesty claims. We are also expert in management liability regarding claims in an occupational setting, and in private international law, when issues of jurisdiction arise.
We are active speakers, lecturers and authors in all areas of psychiatric injury.