The Case Files reveals compelling real-life stories behind some of the most astonishing cases in recent legal history - from murder, to devastating medical negligence. With unparalleled access to those closest to the events, the series explores how, when faced with a battle for justice, people were able to use the legal system to right wrongs and get redress.
Award winning journalist Kate Gerbeau meets both victims and their lawyers to uncover how the law can help and who to speak to if it can’t.
Mum Knows Best
44:24They say a mother’s instinct is one of the most powerful ways to protect a child, so what happens when medical professionals tell you that your instincts are wrong? In this episode Kate Gerbeau meets a mother whose son died of meningitis after medical staff ignored her desperate pleas for help. She is also joined by Steve Dayman, founder of Meningitis Now and Victoria Beel, clinical negligence lawyer at Slater and Gordon.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Too Young To Get Cancer
49:59Emma Swain was too young to be offered a screening test when she died of cervical cancer. For months she had reported tell-tale symptoms of the survivable cancer to her GP but she was told she was worrying unnecessarily. In this episode her father, Darren, walks presenter Kate Gerbeau through the heart-breaking failures that took his daughter’s life. We also hear from cancer nurse Lara Perkins at CLIC Sargent, Tracie Miles from Eve Appeal and Maria Repanos, clinical negligence lawyer at Slater and Gordon.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Getting Away with Murder
41:30Every year thousands of Brits jet off to party destinations abroad filled with hopes of partying till dawn and earning enough money to escape the mundane. Different country, different people, different laws. So what happens when the ultimate crime is committed? Helen and Martyn, the parents of 22 year old George Low, found out that justice in Britain is different to justice elsewhere when he was stabbed to death in the streets of Ayia Napa. In this episode Kate Gerbeau delves into their search for answers and accountability and also hears from their MP Gareth Johnson who has taken this all the way to Downing Street. We are also joined by Matthew Searle at The Lucy Blackman Trust and specialist travel lawyer Nicola Rostron at Slater and Gordon.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26:03Mesothelioma is known as the ‘silent killer’. It’s a cancer that lays dormant in its victims’ bodies for decades, before extinguishing their life during their golden years. But this is a cancer that could have been almost completely avoided. In this episode of The Case Files Kate Gerbeau speaks to two families who are living with the devastating effects of unwittingly working with asbestos fibres. She also speaks with Lorraine Creech, Head of Nursing at Mesothelioma UK , and specialist industrial disease lawyer Madelene Holdsworth at Slater and Gordon , to explore how these tiny particles were allowed to rip such huge holes in so many lives, for so long.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
32:57Growing up in a state of oppression, Catalonian Jordi Casamitjana says his childhood experiences made him identify closely with the animal world. His overarching concern for animal welfare now shapes all the decisions he makes in his life. So when he discovered that his employer was investing his money into practices that were cruel to animals, he knew he had to stand up and fight. But with no law in place to protect him, Jordi embarked on the mammoth task of establishing a new legally held belief that would impact Vegans across the globe. Kate Gerbeau speaks to Dr Jeanette Rowley of The Vegan Society, Peter Daly, employment lawyer at Slater and Gordon and Domenic Kennedy, reporter at The Times about Jordi’s landmark legal case.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Women: Worth Less?
47:38Being paid fairly for the work you do may seem like an obvious expectation in this day and age but for some women that simply isn’t the case. Rebecca Jarman and Julia Hanks were both dedicated employees of supermarket giant Wilko when they heard their male colleagues bantering about the noughts on their pay slips. What happens next is an on-going David and Goliath legal battle between two Welsh mothers and a multi-million pound business. Both inspiring women join our presenter Kate Gerbeau, Sam Smethers, Chief Executive of The Fawcett Society, lawyer Sarah Hexter and GMB Union Rep, Paul McGuire to discuss the grim reality of fighting for equal pay. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Manchester Arena Bombing
1:00:57On 22 May 2017 hundreds of children excitedly entered the Manchester Arena to watch popstar, Ariana Grande. Sadly, 22 never made it out of the concert hall alive, after suicide bomber Salam Abedi detonated a shrapnel-laden device. As his accomplice and brother, Hashem Abedi starts his 55 year jail term, presenter Kate Gerbeau speaks with Figen Murray the mother of one victim, Martyn Hett, and the Mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham about the atrocity that changed a city. Personal Injury lawyer, Shane Smith and security journalist, Duncan Gardham, also look ahead at what the pending public inquiry could mean for victims’ families and for national security across the country.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Coronavirus: Part 2 - Your Employment Rights
20:30As Covid-19 continues to cause disruption across the globe we asked two expert lawyers to provide clarity amongst the confusion. In this second episode employment lawyer, Danielle Parsons, tackles the multitude of issues faced by all workers as we grapple with the new world order.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Coronavirus: Part 1 - Your Consumer Rights
14:29As Covid-19 continues to cause disruption across the globe we asked two expert lawyers to provide clarity amongst the confusion. In this first episode, Mark Woloshak, consumer rights lawyer, schools Kate on how we can protect ourselves as customers in these unprecedented times. Expect answers to all refunds, cancellations and contract woes.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.