Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd [2018]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
    EWCA Civ 2214
  • Legal Body
    England and Wales Court of Appeal (EWCA)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Discipline, Health and Safety
Issues covered: Workplace Injury; Vicarious Liability; Extension of Workplace; Christmas Parties

The claimant was employed as a sales manager. In December 2011, the respondent held a Christmas party which the court noted is an event often “dreaded by some and an annual highlight for others”.

Alcohol was unsurprisingly a feature of the party at a golf club and the festivities continued to a nearby hotel where many of the staff were staying. At the hotel, the claimant was assaulted by the respondent’s MD and suffered serious brain damage. The sole issue was whether the company was vicariously liable for the actions of the MD.

The High Court had previously held that only had the assault happened at the golf club, the firm would probably have been held liable. The Court of Appeal

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This article is correct at 18/10/2018

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