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No vicarious liability for assault during impromptu drinks after work Christmas party (News, 6 December 2016)

No vicarious liability for assault during impromptu drinks after work Christmas party (News, 6 December 2016)
Published on: 06 December 2016
Published by: LexisPSL
  • No vicarious liability for assault during impromptu drinks after work Christmas party (News, 6 December 2016)
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Article summary

A defendant employer was not vicariously liable for an assault carried out by a company director on the claimant employee which took place at an impromptu drinking session which took place after a work Christmas party. A line could be drawn between the Christmas party and an entirely independent, voluntary, and discrete early hours drinking session of a very different nature to the Christmas party and unconnected with the defendant’s business. High Court: Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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