Our disease team is the largest in the market, handling several thousands of claims each year for major UK and specialist insurers, large corporations, SMEs and public sector clients.
Not only has the team acted in some of the most important cases in this area of the law of recent years, we are also regularly instructed in high-profile group litigation in the UK and internationally.
The team works alongside clients to manage the full spectrum of emerging and traditional disease related claims, including noise –induced hearing loss claims, asbestos-related conditions, work related stress, COSHH and musculo-skeletal. We also manage the largest volume of run-off disease claims in the UK & Ireland, handling claims arising from legacy and run-off portfolios, and have a track record of working with fellow panel members and the market to develop strategies to tackle macro level risks from new claims sources to opponent behaviours.
Our disease specialists work closely with industry bodies in shaping the policy landscape around disease litigation. And our strong industry connections including with IRLA, the ABI and IDCWP mean that we will keep you updated on the latest industry developments, and help you prepare for changes that will impact your business, including working with clients to build advance strategies to meet anticipated emerging risks, such as claims potential arising from the COVID pandemic. We have developed BLM COVID Assist, a team of specialists providing practical advice on the legal challenges arising as a consequence of the pandemic and lockdowns, as well as suggesting future strategies to minimise further impact and adopt revised operating models.
We also have a proven record of successfully applying client claims philosophies to the disease claims we handle ensuring we meet your business objectives.
Subject Matter Groups
Our Occupational Disease Practice Group is structured around specialist Subject Matter Groups which ensure the development and sharing of in depth and market-leading subject matter expertise both within the practice group and with our clients.
Click on the video below to find out more about our Subject Matter Groups from Head of Occupational Disease, Chris Fletcher.
Non-Asbestos Long Tail and Emerging risks
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss and Hard-Arm Vibration Syndrome