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VIOLENCE AT WORK: Considering the boundaries of vicarious liability

06 April 2012  

The Court of Appeal has considered the circumstances in which employers are responsible for violent acts committed by their employees, reports Fiona Clark

The principle of vicarious liability provides that employers will be liable for the torts of their employees that occur ‘during the course of employment’. What this means in practice has been the subject of numerous cases and much debate over the years. In the seminal case on this concept, Lister v Hesley Hall Ltd [2001], the House of Lords held that vicarious liability should have a wide interpretation and the key question is:

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Fox Designs Ltd [2012] EWCA Civ 25

    Gravil v Carroll & anor [2008] EWCA Civ 689

    Lister v Hesley Hall Ltd [2001] UKHL 22

    Mattis v Pollock [2003] 1 WLR 2158 Wilson v Exel UK Ltd [2010] CSIH 35

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