Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2006] All ER (D) 81 (Sep)
Neutral Citation: [2006] EWHC 2290 (QB)
Court: Queen's Bench Division

Tugendhat J

Representation Julian Waters (instructed by Jeffries) for the claimant.
  John Norman (instructed by Barlow, Lyde & Gilbert) for the defendant.
Judgment Dates: 18 September 2006


Negligence - Duty to take care - Employer - Police officer - Police officer alleging humiliation and bullying by senior officers - Senior officers intentionally bullying claimant - Whether officers negligent in causing psychological injury - Whether employer liable in negligence.

The Case

Where a claim in negligence against a defendant was based upon the principle of vicarious liability for the acts and omissions other officers and upon alleged breaches of duties of care and other duties owed by the defendant to the claimant, in which it was alleged that those whom the defendant was vicariously liable for had deliberately bullied the claimant but had unintentionally inflicted psychological injury, it was necessary for the injury to have been foreseeable. What was foreseeable depended on the facts of the individual case.

Practice Areas

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