David Pugh


David Pugh

David Pugh


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David has successfully handled cases in the Court of Appeal, House of Lords and Supreme Court. He has advised a wide range of clients including major insurers, the ABI, the NHS and Government Departments. He is the current head of the FOIL Disease Sector Focus team, and has served on the Court of Appeal Users Committee. He was named Defendant Lawyer of the year in 2013 and was shortlisted in 2008.

Notable cases include Rothwell v Chemical Insulations - the pleural plaques decision which saved insurers an estimated £1.4 billion. He acted for the ABI in their Supreme Court intervention in Zurich v IEG and advised major insurers on the successful Supreme Court challenge to the Recovery of Medical Costs for Asbestos Diseases (Wales) Bill. David also advised the ABI and major insurers on the Mesothelioma Act and 2013 Mesothelioma Consultation and has other successful Court of Appeal decisions on stress at work and European Convention issues.

Latest Insights by David Pugh

Client Alerts 09/04/2018

Platinum Salts and the Symptomless Injury

Dryden & Ors v Johnson Matthey Plc [2018] UKSC 18 The Supreme Court has decided that mere sensitisation to an allergen is an injury for which damages can be recovered. The reasoning employed to reach that view is difficult to follow. Because of this the full implications are unclear. The one certainty is that insurers can expect to face other claims for sensitisation – and the damages may not be modest.

Client Alerts 18/05/2017

Bussey v Anglia Heating: Mesothelioma and Minimal Exposure

Our latest client alert takes a look at the High Court's decision to reject an attempt to circumvent the Court of Appeal’s decision in Williams. Defendants can continue to resist low exposure asbestos claims from the 1960’s and early 1970’s - but this is a moving target, where this might lead is an open question.