RAH agreed to act for a Solicitor to undertake an inspection of documents relating to a Legionella death alleged to have occurred in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. The documents related to International Codes of Practice, the hotel's Inspection and Laboratory Reports arising from the incident which occurred in 2008.
A medical expert had concluded that on the balance of probabilities, the deceased contracted the Legionnaire's Disease whilst staying at a hotel in the resort. The defendants alleged that the building possessed a reasonable system for checking the water supplies for Legionella. We had been referred to their defence and the disclosure documents submitted to support it.
We had been asked to consider the hotel's evidence in conjunction with those International Standards and Codes of Practice that should apply to enable the Hotel to operate a reasonable level of Legionella control on the premises.
Our investigations led us to conclude, that in our view this particular venue was far from adequate in their engagement with best practice. After considering both reports and consulting their own expert, the insurers of the hotel made an offer which our party was able to accept.