17th Dec 2019

"Too fast, arduous and repetitive” - fine dining dangers

Now, you may think that lawyers do not have the time for extravagant dining tastes but a current case is highlighting the potential cost of ‘experimental fine dining’.

Sharon Anderson, a former pastry chef at Heston Blumenthal’s ‘The Fat Duck’ is reportedly suing the business after developing repetitive strain injury as a result of the “too fast, arduous and repetitive” nature of the work she carried out there.

The case has come to light following a case management hearing at the High Court and is expected to go to trial (if it does not settle before) during 2020.

It is understood that Ms Anderson has alleged her daily tasks could include placing up to 400 sweets for up to four hours a day into small bags with tweezers which resulted in significant wrist pain.

The Fat Duck are currently defending the claim on the basis that the techniques used by Ms Anderson were standard in the industry and that they provided her with support when her symptoms came to light.

Certainly food for thought for any readers partial to snail porridge!

Natasha Guest is a Senior Associate in Berwins' Dispute Resolution team.

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