Episode 8: Secondary Victim Claims

Episode 8: Secondary Victim Claims


CategoryCivil Law Cast, Podcasts & Other Media Author Emily Formby KC, Scarlett Milligan Date


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This episode of Civil Law Cast takes a deep dive into the Court of Appeal judgments in Paul, Polmear and Pinnear and seeks to explain the history of secondary victim claims, the development of the doctrine and its application to clinical negligence cases.  Emily Formby QC and Scarlett Milligan guide you through the conjoined appeals, explain what has happened so far and predict what might happen next.

Case Citations

In the order that they appear in the podcast:

  • Paul v Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust [2022] EWCA Civ 12
  • Alcock v Chief Constable of South Yorkshire [1992] 1 A.C. 310
  • Donoghue v Stevenson [1932] A.C. 562
  • Taylor v A Novo (UK) Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 194
  • McLoughlin v O’Brian [1983] 1 A.C. 410
  • Walters v North Glamorgan NHS Trust [2002] EWCA Civ 1792
  • Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v Ronayne [2015] EWCA Civ 588
  • Shorter v Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust [2015] EWHC 614 (GB)


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