Vicarious Liability - An Update

Essential vicarious liability case law update

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Course Overview

Vicarious liability is a complicated area of personal injury practice which can have far reaching consequences for employee and employer alike; under common law, if an employee caries out tortious acts in the course of their employment, then their employer is vicariously liable for these actions.

Delivered by solicitor and lecturer Nicky Carter, this two-part session will explore key case law developments in respect of vicarious liability, making it invaluable for those new to this area of law and more experienced practitioners seeking a refresher.  

Divided into two 40-minute sessions, this course will explore the following:

Part 1
• Employer Liability for negligent Acts
    o   Non-employer liability-control test
    o    Closely connected – whether there exists a close connection between the tort and the employee’s duties
    o    Recreation and leisure
           o   Shelbourne v Cancer Research UK [2019]
           o   Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd [2018]
    o    Non-Employer / Employment?
           o   Hawley v (1) Luminar leisure PLC (2) ASE Security Services Ltd (3) Mann [2006]
           o   Cox v Ministry of Justice Supreme Court [2016]
           o   Mohamud v Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc Supreme Court [2016]  
    o    Prisoners
           o   Razumas v Ministry of Justice [2018]
    o    Pranks
           o   Wilson v Exel UK Ltd (t/a Exel) [2010]
    o    Armed Forces
           o   Ministry of Defence v Radclyffe [2009]

Part 2
•  Violence
    o    Sports
           o   Gravil v Redruth Rugby Football Club [2008]
           o   Mountford v Newlands School & ANOR [2007]
    o    Nightclubs and bars
           o   Mattis v Pollock (T/A Flamingo’s Nightclub) [2003]
           o   Naylor (t/a Mainstreet) v Payling [2004]
•  Vicarious Liability v CICA
•  Abuse and Sexual assault
   o    Limitation issues – Reference to s.28 & s.33 of the Limitation Act 1980
           o   Lister v Hesley Hall Ltd [2001]
           o   GB v Stoke City Football Club Ltd QBD District Registry (Preston) [2015]
           o   Various Claimants v Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools [2010]
           o   JGE v The Trustees of the Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust [2012]
   o    Identifying the defendant

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar and review the supporting documentation
  • This course provides 1.5 CPD Points

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will be up to date with vicarious liability case law and will be more confident when handling such cases.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable for personal injury practitioners of all levels including paralegals, fee earners, trainees and experienced solicitors


About Instructor - Nicky Carter

Nicky has over 20 years experience as a claimant PI lawyer and works with a number of leading national firms and regularly presents courses for several of the country's largest providers of legal training. In addition she lectures on the BPTC and in the coming months will be lecturing on the CILEX level 3 and level 6 courses.

Course Curriculum

Part 1

  • Webinar
  • Slides
    22 Page

Part 2

  • Webinar
  • Slides
    23 Page


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