Rochelle Rong and Tom Panton consider the legal principles governing claims for workplace stress, revisiting the seminal case of Hatton v Sutherland from 2002 and discussing developments in the law since that time, and discuss the extent to which these cases overlap with claims in respect of workplace bullying and harassment.
  • Foreseeability of psychiatric injury in the age of the risk assessment
  • Breach of duty: the particular problem of disciplinary processes
  • Bullying and harassment claims: do they overlap with stress?
  • Medical causation: potential pitfalls
Tom Panton
Tom has always had a particular interest in psychiatric injury cases; his experience of work-related stress claims encompasses a wide variety of workplace situations including local authorities, policing and the financial sector.
Rochelle Rong
Rochelle is a highly experienced personal injury barrister. Much of her work is now of a complex nature and/or substantial value. Other than her work in the areas of clinical negligence and industrial disease, Rochelle is also routinely instructed in claims involving serious/catastrophic injuries.

Many of Rochelle’s serious injury cases involve catastrophic orthopaedic injuries resulting in amputation, chronic pain conditions and/or long-term requirement for prosthesis. She is also frequently instructed in cases with traumatic brain injuries and/or complex spinal injuries which give rise to permanent disabilities and/or future risks of dementia, cognitive impairment and/or mobility problems.

Rochelle’s considerable court experience and particular skillset in handing experts of all disciplines mean that she can always identify the most important issues even in the most complicated cases and present her clients’ case in a focused and practical way.

Rochelle is often involved from the early stage of each case, providing initial advice on evidence, liability and quantum, drafting pleadings, attending interim hearings, and taking the case through to trial and mediation/joint settlement meetings. She is always on hand to provide practical and procedural advice to her instructing solicitor and clients. She has a reputation for meticulous preparation, robust advocacy and empathy with clients/witnesses.
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