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Stevenson, Jordan and Harrison v MacDonald and Evans

Test was whether work done was integral part of business.


ReadyMixed Concrete

Concerned lorry drivers who hired lorries from RMC and used equipment belonging to the company. Test; (1) skills must be provided in exchange for wage, (2) there should be an element of control exercised on the part of the employer, and (3) the provisions of the contract ought to be consistent with a contract of service.


ViaSystems v Thermal Transfer

May LJ favoured orthodox control test, whereas Rix LJ favoured integration test.



Test was whether relationship is so close in character to one of employer and employee that it is just and fair to hold the employer vicariously liable.


Salmond Test

An employer will be held liable for a wrongful act that they have authorised or a wrongful and unauthorised method of doing an authorised act.


Bazley v Curry (Canadian case)

Vicarious liability appropriate where there is a significant connection between the creation or enhancement of a risk and the wrong that accrues therefrom.


Lister v Hesley Hall

Confirmed Bazley v Curry - while employment enables the employee to be present at a particular time and place it doesn't necessarily mean it was in the scope of the employment.


Maga v The Trustees of the Birmingham Archdiocese

Was the tort so closely connected with what was authorised or expected that it would be fair and just to hold the employer vicariously liable?


Mattis v Pollock

P owned nightclub and hired doorman who he knew acted aggressively, so when the doorman stabbed a customer after leaving the club it was held that the assault was closely connected to what was authorised or expected.


Mohamud v Morrisons

Held that although nothing was wrong with close connection test, test should be; (1) what function or field of activities had been entrusted by the employer to the employee? (2) the court must decided whether there was a sufficient connection between the position in which he was employed and his wrongful conduct.


Wilson and Clyde Coal v English

Court enforced non delegable duty of care. The employer was guilty of breaching a personal duty to see that care was taken by the person responsible for organising a safe system of work.


Honeywill v Stein & Larkin

Contractor hired photographer to photograph work done on cinema, magnesium used for flash set fire to cinema. Held inherently dangerous activities which are contracted for are non delegable, with exceptions for (1) where duty is imposed by statute, or (2) where dangerous chemicals are being used.


Farraj v King's Healthcare Trust

Negligence in blood testing led to pregnancy being continued and child being born with disease. Held that any departure from general vicarious liability rules must be justified on policy grounds.


Gwilliam v WHH NHS Trust

G sued NHS for employing contractor whose insurance had run out a few days prior to NHS fun fair. Held - nature of event demanded that insurance be checked (which it was) but it was unreasonable to insist on policy document being checked, the hospital had dismissed its duty.


Bottomley v Todmorden Cricket Club

Defendant hired independent contractor for pyrotechnical display without checking insurance, liable for injuries.


Attorney General BVI v Hartwell

Held that police had duty to check that police officers to whom they entrusted weapons were suitable.


Short v J & W Henderson

Employment relationship criteria; (1) the employer's power of selection of his servant, (2) the payment of wages or other remuneration, (3) the employer's right to control the method of doing the work, and (4) the employer's right of suspension/dismissal.