The press reacts to Goldscheider v Royal Opera House

26 Oct 2018

BLM, representing the Royal Opera House, has been granted permission to take the case of Goldscheider v Royal Opera House to the Court of Appeal.

Following an eight day High Court trial in March 2018, the court rejected the defendant’s contention that the wearing of ear protection by the claimant during loud sections of a musical performance was sufficient to discharge their duty of care to the claimant. This was despite the fact that the music peaked at a volume well below that specified under the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. The case attracted widespread media coverage at the time.

Nigel Lock, occupational disease partner at BLM, said: “It is so important to anyone taking part in live music - whether a school choir, a concert, a stage show, or a performance at the Royal Opera House - that we have been granted permission to appeal the High Court’s decision. We were always confident the Court of Appeal would agree an appeal had reasonable prospects of success, and are looking forward to making our case, and seeking to put an end to the limbo that live music producers, and musicians and performers have found themselves in since the first instance decision was handed down.”

Various media outlets shared the news as the case is set to have implications to the performance of live music.

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