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David Platt QC successfully defends Hartford Insurance against a £1.2m stress at work claim

The High Court (Hickinbottom J) delivered judgment in MacLennan v Hartford [2012] EWHC 346 (QB) on 24 February 2012 after a 10 day hearing. The Claimant was an HR director at Hartford Europe, which at the relevant period was a start-up operation in the City of London. She alleged that a combination of excessive hours and difficult employee relations issues had caused her to become persistently ill and then develop chronic fatigue syndrome. However she failed to establish that her chronic fatigue syndrome was either a foreseeable consequence of her system of work- or caused by her work. In dismissing her claim, Hickinbottom J set out valuable guidance on the hurdles faced by claimants in stress at work claims and emphasised the “high hurdle” which they had to surmount.

The judgment is available here.



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