Vicarious Liability - The Final Destination (evening session)

Burgess Hill Town Council Offices
Wednesday, 06 February 2019
6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
    • Jeff Heasman, Jeff Heasman Training & Consulting

The independent contractor test is dead and vicarious liability is on the move. What is the final destination? To find out, join us on Wednesday 6 February, 2019 as Jeff Heasman returns to look into recent court cases which have caused such concern across the insurance industry.

Beginning with the Court of Appeal decision in Barclays Bank Plc v Various Claimants on 28 June 2018 where the court signalled the independent contractor test is now dead, this concern has also been widened following a recent spate of decisions in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. However, the decision of the Supreme Court on 25 July 2018 in James-Bowen & Others v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis may be the much-needed calm after the storm.

This interactive session will critically analyse how we got to this position and where the law is heading. We will look at whether the courts are using common law to update the law in line with the “gig economy” we now work within, or indeed whether a policy of distributive justice is now influencing the decisions of the courts.

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

Online Booking
This free one-hour CPD seminar follows on from the Agents and Sub-contractors seminar that Jeff Heasman gave in April 2018 although it is also suitable as a standalone session. To book, please click on the Book Now button below.

Light refreshments will be available 15 minutes before the start of this event, which is scheduled to start promptly at 6.15pm.

Please note: this seminar is the same as the one being given at Ansvar, Eastbourne at 9.00 the same morning. If you wish to book for the earlier session, please click here.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this seminar, 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 the insurance industry can adapt its practices to ensure the best outcome possible in light of recent decisions

Getting There
If travelling by car, the nearest car park is in Cyprus Road at the back of the Town Council Offices building on Crescent Way. Please note that Pay & Display charges apply until 6.00pm, but parking is free after this.

Burgess Hill train station is about 7 minutes' walk from the venue.

Please note: this event will take place at the Council Chamber on the 1st floor. A lift will normally be available for delegates to access the training, but stairs will need to be used in the event of an emergency evacuation of the building.

About our Speaker
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.

  • Council Chamber, Burgess Hill Town Council Offices
  • 96 Church Walk
  • Burgess Hill
  • RH15 9AS
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CII Accredited

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1 hour's CPD can be claimed for this event if relevant to your learning and development needs.

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