Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2005] All ER (D) 279 (Nov)
Court: Queen's Bench Division

Judge Seymour QC sitting as a judge of the High Court

Representation Michael Norman (instructed by Perrins Stevenson) for the claimant.
  Gary Self (instructed by Moore & Blatch) for the defendants.
Judgment Dates: 22 November 2005


Negligence - Duty to take care - Employer - Reference given by company on former contractor - Claimant failing to secure new position - Claimant alleging reference disparaging - Whether defendants in breach of duty of care or contract.

The Case

On the evidence, statements to which exception was taken contained in a reference provided by the defendants concerning the claimant had been true. It followed that the defendants had not been in breach of any duty of care owed to the claimant or in breach of contract.

Practice Areas

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