Vicarious Liability - The Final Destination (morning session)

Wednesday, 06 February 2019
9:00 am – 10:30 am
    • 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 30 minutes before the start of this event, which is scheduled to start promptly at 9.30am.

Please note: this seminar is the same as the one being given at Council Chambers, Burgess Hill at 6.00pm the same evening. If you wish to book for the later 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
Eastbourne Station is only a few minutes' walk away from Ansvar's office and there is a pay car park available at the station. No on-site parking is available and is very limited in the surrounding streets.

Please note that this event takes place on the top floor at Ansvar which, although served by a lift, will only be accessible by stairs in an emergency.

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.

  • Ansvar House
  • 31 St Leonards Road
  • Eastbourne
  • BN21 3UR
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CII Accredited

This demonstrates the quality of an event and that it meets CII member CPD scheme requirements.

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

It is recommended that you keep any evidence of the CPD activity you have completed and upload copies to the recording tool as the CII may ask to see this if your record is selected for review. Details of the scheme can be viewed online at