Vicarious Liability – where are we now? – Gatehouse Chambers

Posted November 21st, 2023 in causation, chambers articles, news, sexual grooming, vicarious liability by sally

‘Vicarious liability has been a hot topic for more than five years. Every time you look away there seems to have been a new judgment. The Supreme Court has had three goes (WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC v Various Claimants[1], Barclays Bank PLC v Various Claimants and Trustees of the Barry Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses v BXB) at installing some kind of flood defences to keep the tide of vicarious liability within boundaries and each time the tide retreats a little. MXX v A Secondary School is an example of the tide retreating a little since BXB. It is a reminder that the most difficult hurdle for claimants to overcome in the two stage test of vicarious liability for non-employees is the second part of the test – the close connection.’

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Gatehouse Chambers, 20th October 2023