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Baker v Quantum Clothing Group Limited [2011] UKSC 17

The Supreme Court has today (13th April 2011) handed down judgment in the case of Baker v Quantum Clothing Group Limited.

By a majority of 3-2, the Supreme Court allowed the appeals of employers against the ruling of the Court of Appeal that employers were liable for noise induced hearing loss caused by exposure to noise levels between 85-90 dBA Lepd during periods of employment prior to 1st January 1990. The Supreme Court’s judgment resolves a long-standing issue as to the proper construction of s 29(1) of the Factories Act 1961 and provides valuable guidance on the application of the principles of law used to determine the common law liability of employers.

Christopher Purchas QC, Catherine Foster & Nadia Whittaker appeared for the successful Appellants, Meridian Limited.

Michael Kent QC & John Williams appeared for the Intervener, Guy Warwick Limited

The judgment and a short article summarising the key points of the judgment are attached below:

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