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Summary of Recent Cases, August 2018

15/08/18. Here is a summary of the recent notable court cases over the past month. You can also receive these for free by registering for our PI Brief Update newsletter. Just select "Free Newsletter" from the menu at the top of this page and fill in your email address.

Summary of Recent Cases - Substantive Law

James-Bowen & Ors v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2018] UKSC 40
B, a suspect, brought a claim that he had been injured during arrest by Met Officers against the Commissioner as vicariously liable for the actions of the officers. The Commissioner settled the claim during trial with an admission of liability and an apology. The officers were later acquitted of criminal charges and brought proceedings against the Commissioner for breach of contract, negligence and misfeasance in public office, seeking damages for reputational, economic and psychiatric damage. The Commissioner applied for the claims to be struck out, which was successful in the High Court. The Court of Appeal allowed the officers' appeal on the issue of whether the Commissioner owed a duty of care to them to safeguard their economic and reputational interests. The Commissioner appealed against that finding.

The Supreme Court held as follows. Officers were...

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