Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd Posted In: Case Law
Case ReferenceEWCA Civ 2214
Legal BodyEngland and Wales Court of Appeal (EWCA)
Type of Claim / JurisdictionDisciplinary and Grievance Issues, Health and Safety
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
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