APIL challenges HMRC on mesothelioma victims’ work records

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The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has been granted permission to intervene in a judicial review brought by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) against a Liverpool coroner over the issues of mesothelioma victims' work history.

 

Litigation Futures has reported that HMRC wants to stop a notice issued by the coroner under the Coroners and Justice Act requiring the Government department to produce a work history in connection with a mesothelioma inquest he was conducting.

 

It is hoped the High Court hearing will lead to the HMRC's policy of only releasing the employment history of a mesothelioma victim to their lawyer through a High Court order.

 

HMRC argues that it is prevented from releasing records because of the Data Protection Act and created the current policy on disclosure last November.

 

APIL president Matthew Stockwell, a barrister at Liverpool chambers St Johns Buildings, is representing APIL pro bono, and wants to outline the wider ramifications of the action for those with fatal industrial disease claims.

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