Barclays Bank plc v Various Claimants [2020] UKSC 13

The Supreme Court gave yet more guidance on vicarious liability, this time in the context of independent contractors. Full judgment, dated 1 April 2020 Summary: This case involved sexual assaults committed by a medical examiner contracted by Barclays on an examination by examination basis. Lady Hale gave an overview of the recent law on vicarious … Continue reading Barclays Bank plc v Various Claimants [2020] UKSC 13

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust v XX [2020] UKSC 14

The Supreme Court addressed the question of what the measure of damages should be for a woman’s loss of the ability to have children. Full judgment, dated 1 April 2020 Summary: R claimed, and had been allowed by the Court of Appeal, the costs of surrogacy arrangements in California which would be unenforceable in the … Continue reading Whittington Hospital NHS Trust v XX [2020] UKSC 14

WM Morrison Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants [2020] UKSC 12

NB: This is not a personal injury or clinical negligence case, but it concerns employers’ vicarious liability, which is highly relevant to both areas.  The Supreme Court gave guidance on the law of employers’ vicarious liability for the misfeasance of their employees. Full judgment, dated 1 April 2020 Summary: The Court of Appeal had upheld a … Continue reading WM Morrison Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants [2020] UKSC 12

Mario Schembri v Ian Marshall [2020] EWCA Civ 358

The Court of Appeal addressed the appropriate approach to causation in a medical negligence case where a particular mechanism for a positive outcome could not be proven. Full judgment, dated 10 March 2020 Summary: The court was presented with a case where, had the Appellant not failed to refer the deceased to hospital, she would … Continue reading Mario Schembri v Ian Marshall [2020] EWCA Civ 358

Kevin Cowley v L.W. Carlisle & Co Ltd [2020] EWCA Civ 227

The Court of Appeal upheld a strike-out of a claim against a non-existent company and gave guidance on how an insurer of a dissolved company should proceed if faced with a claim without a concurrent application to restore. Full judgment, dated 25 February 2020 Summary: A had pursued R for damages for noise-induced hearing loss … Continue reading Kevin Cowley v L.W. Carlisle & Co Ltd [2020] EWCA Civ 227

London Borough of Haringey v FZO [2020] EWCA Civ 180

The Court of Appeal upheld a decision in a historic sex abuse case concerning issues of limitation, consent, vicarious liability and causation. Full judgment, dated 18 February 2020 Summary: R had been sexually abused by A’s teacher in the 1980s. A appealed findings that (i) the limitation period should be disapplied, (ii) the sexual activity … Continue reading London Borough of Haringey v FZO [2020] EWCA Civ 180

Wickes Building Supplies Ltd v William Blair (No. 2: Costs) [2020] EWCA Civ 17

In the second case arising from these proceedings, the Court of Appeal gave guidance on the application of fixed costs and QOCS to the costs of appeals. Full judgment, dated 21 January 2020 Summary: The Appellant had previously succeeded before the Court of Appeal and applied for an order for its costs against the Respondent. … Continue reading Wickes Building Supplies Ltd v William Blair (No. 2: Costs) [2020] EWCA Civ 17