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Workplace violence

Comprehensive legal advice and representation in relation to employers' liability and public liability claims arising from workplace violence.

The BBC Panorama documentary broadcast in March 2007 illustrated the real cost of workplace violence to employers. It is estimated that the NHS alone incurs costs of £100m per year in protecting their employees and through absenteeism due to physical assaults and abuse to staff.

In addition, there are the very real personal costs to those who are victims of workplace violence, some of whom are unable to return to front line duties. Healthcare workers are not the only sector reporting an increase in violence and abuse over recent years – others include retail, licensed retail, transport, public services and, of course, security.

Injury to employees brings with it the threat of civil action against their employers on the grounds that they have failed to take sufficient steps to protect staff against the risk of robbery, attack or abuse. The risk of civil claims does not stop there. In recent years, there have been many well-publicised actions from members of the public where employees have used excessive force, resulting in serious and sometimes fatal injury.

Weightmans’ specialist Workplace Violence team has been at the cutting edge for a number of years in defending employers against workplace violence claims. We work closely with organisations such as MAYBO, the country’s leading conflict management training providers, and offer a holistic service dealing with all aspects of claims for damages and prosecutions.

As an employer, you stand to benefit from our services in a number of ways. Not only do we provide expert advice, guidance and representation, but we also help you to implement policies and procedures to help prevent incidents arising.

Our expertise and knowledge of the sectors affected (particularly retail, licensed premises and security guarding/delivery) puts us in a perfect position to help you take preventative measures to manage the risks. As a consequence, your organisation and your employees are better protected, claims are reduced and there is less disruption to your normal activities.

"Weightmans' knowledge and expertise on workplace violence is second to none. Their advice has been invaluable"


National Health and Safety Manager, G4S

Noel Walsh
"Our specialist team has been at the cutting edge in defending employers against workplace violence"
Noel Walsh

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