NIHL claims: Chronology of Potentially Relevant Cases, Regulations & Publications etc


Factories Act 1961 s29

Factories Act 1961 – legislation


Noise and  the Worker

Noise and the Worker 1963


Noise and the Worker (updated)

Stokes v Guest [1968] 1WLR 1776

Stokes v Guest

Stokes v Guest Keen and Nettlefold (Nuts and Bolts) Ltd: QBD 1968

Click to access PW-Asbestos-Bussey-article.pdf

  • Ratio of Stanwick J applied in Baker v Quantum (below)


Noise and the Worker (updated)


Code of Practice

Code of Practice 1972


Hatra Research Report: Noise in the Knitting Industry – a factual survey



Limitation Act 1980

  • Section 11(4)
  • Section 14(1)
  • Section 14(2)
  • Section 14(3)
  • Section 33

WIRA report – partial copy:




Thompson v Smiths Shiprepairers Ltd [1984] QB 405

Thompson v Smiths Shiprepairers (North Shields) Ltd: QBD 1984

  • Mustill J placed limits on the ratio of Stanwick J in Stokes v Guest [1968]


Noise at Work Regulations 1989

  • Came into force on 01/01/1990


Assessment of Hearing Disability: Guidelines for medicolegal practice by PF King, RRA Coles, ME Lutman and DW Robinson

Black Book


Larner v British Steel [1993] 4 All ER 102

Nash & Others v Eli Lilly & Co & Others [1993] WLR 782

Nash v Eli Lilly and Co: CA 1993


CLB Guidelines

Holtby v Brigham & Cowan (Hull) Ltd [2000] ICR 1086

ISO7029:2000 2nd edition Acoustics – Statistical distribution of hearing thresholds as a function of age

ISO7029 2000

David Anthony Wright v Canadian Pacific (UK) Ltd (2000)

David Anthony Wright v Canadian Pacific


Bracknell Forest Borough Council v Adams [2004] UKHL 29


The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005

  • Came into force on 06/04/06 replacing the 1989 Regulations


Parkes v Meridian & Others [2007] Unreported (Nottinghamshire textile litigation (27/04/07 HHJ Inglis)


Furniss v Firth Brown Tools Limited [2008] EWCA Civ 182

Cain v Francis [2008] EWCA Civ 1451

Teague v Mersey Docks [2008] EWCA Civ 1601

A v Hoare & Others [2008] 1 AC 844

John Field v British Coal Corporation (Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) [2008] EWCA Civ 912


Keefe v The Isle of Man Steam Packet Co Ltd [2010] EWCA Civ 683


Baker v Quantum Clothing Group Limited & Others [2011] UKSC 17; [13/04/11, Supreme Court]


Johnson v MOD, Hoburn Eaton Limited [2012] EWCA Civ 1505

AB and Others v Ministry of Defence [2012] UKSC 9

Davies & Others v The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (As Successor in Title to the Liabilities of the British Coal Corporation) [2012] EWCA Civ 1380

Davies v Sec of St

Hughes v Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

John Cran v Perkins Engines Company Limited



Platt v BRB (Residuary) Limited [2014] EWCA Civ 1401


Holloway v Tyne Thames Technology Limited (2015)

Hinchcliffe v Six Continents Limited and Cadbury UK Ltd (2015)

Click to access Hinchcliffe.pdf

Briggs v RHM Frozen Food Limited (2015)

Click to access Briggs-v-RHM-published.pdf


04/02/16 Inaugural NIHL Symposium: Medico-legal Advancements in Noise Induced Hearing Loss Cases – included Professor Lutman introducing “the LCB Guidelines”

2016 Inaugural NIHL Symposium

LCB Guidelines


Click to access The%20LCB%20Guidelines%20-%20A%20BC%20Legal%20Guide.pdf

Wignall v The Secretary of State for Transport (in substitution for BRB (Residuary) Ltd) (2016)


ISO7029:2017 3rd edition Acoustics – Statistical distribution of hearing thresholds related to age and gender

ISO7029 2017

Stephen Lovatt v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change & Another (2017)

Lovatt Order and judgment

David Evans v Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change & JJ Maintenance Ltd (2017)

David Evans


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