The recent appeal in Paramount Shopfitting Co Ltd v Rix [2021] EWCA Civ 1172 has provided the opportunity to review the law on the interesting question of how the court should assess the loss of dependency in the 'family business' situation, when the business's founder and 'main (wo)man' has died, but the business continues successfully.

These are fascinating cases that challenge our understanding of what 'loss' really means. It is always worth reminding ourselves that claims arising out of a death are similar to other personal injury claims, but they are very much not the same, since they engage a discrete area of statutory law as interpreted in the case law.

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