The Supreme Court on Vicarious Liability - Have we reached the final destination? **Webinar**

Thursday, 25 June 2020
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (UK time)
    • Jeff Heasman, Founder, Insurance Upskill

Why you should take part:

On 1 April 2020, the Supreme Court handed down its judgments in two highly important cases for employers and the insurance industry: Various Claimants v Barclays Bank and Various Claimants v Morrisons. The Court of Appeal had held Barclays to be vicariously liable for the actions of an independent contractor and Morrisons liable for a major data breach committed by a rogue employee who was subsequently sentenced to prison. The Supreme Court has overturned both decisions.

In recent years, the law relating to vicarious liability has been in constant motion. What did the Supreme Court say in the Barlcays and Morrisons judgments and how will this impact employers and insurance companies? Have we finally got some certainty in this area of law?

This thought-provoking webinar will look at both sides of the argument and assess how best employers and the insurance industry can adapt to these recent developments.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • understand how the law relating to vicarious liability has developed.
  • critically analyse recent decisions of the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
  • assess how employers and the insurance industry can adapt their practices to ensure the best outcome possible in light of recent decisions.

Speaker Biography

Jeff Heasman is a professional trainer who holds a bachelors degree in law from the University of Glamorgan and a masters of law degree from Swansea University, as well as a postgraduate certificate in teaching English language to adults. He spent many years in practice as a litigation executive, dealing with cases up to and including the Court of Appeal in London (England v IBC Vehicles Ltd) and as a senior liability adjuster at Crawford and Company he dealt with insurance claims arising from many worldwide jurisdictions, with a particular focus on public and employers’ liability claims.

A former Dean of the Faculty of Law and lecturer in law at Cavendish University in Zambia, as well as a tutor in Legal English at Swansea University, Jeff now provides training in insurance law, practice and language to prestigious insurance organisations and companies throughout the world.

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