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Judgment in vicarious liability case re Christmas party assault - Bellman v Northampton [QBD] 01.12.16 (Unreported)

A company was not vicariously liable for an assault committed by its director and employee after a work Christmas party because there was insufficient connection between the assault and the position in which the director was employed to render the company liable under the principle of social justice. The fact that the assault occurred in the context of a work-related discussion did not alter that conclusion.
Category: Negligence » Employers' liability; Personal injury; Vicarious liability. Area(s) of law: Employment; Litigation.
Source: [2016] EWHC 3104 (QB).

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