Hospitality and leisure sector should expect ‘surge’ in EL claims

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Law firm partner notes ‘that Covid negligence claims will make PPI claims look like a warm-up act’

Businesses operating within the hospitality and leisure sector should expect a “surge” in employers’ liability (EL) claims as staff grapple with the realities of returning to work after the industry reopened in July following enforced closures resulting from the Covid-19 national lockdown.

Despite it still being “early days” as the hospitality industry finds its feet again after months of closure, David Scott, partner and head of leisure and hospitality at insurance law firm Keoghs, believes there will be an “inevitable” uptick in employers’ liability claims for this sector, in part because causation could be easier to prove compared to public liability (PL) claims, for example.

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