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Vicarious Liability - Managing contractor risk in the #MeToo Gig Economy

24 July 2018

The Court of Appeal’s decision in Various Claimants v Barclays Bank on 17th July 2018 widens the number of occasions an organisation can be found liable for the abusive actions of independent contractors towards clients and employees, but without providing “bright lines” to help identify precisely when. The Appeal court accepted that each case concerning an independent contractor could be “full of complexity and of evidential pitfalls”.

Hear Sarah Erwin-Jones and James Arrowsmith summarise some of the key impacts this judgment may have on your business dealing with claims now, and addressing the risk of possible claims in the future.

James Arrowsmith

James Arrowsmith

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James Arrowsmith specialises in high value personal injury, including head and spinal injury, and insurance coverage, including interpretation, non-disclosure breach of terms and motor insurance law.

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Sarah Erwin-Jones

Sarah Erwin-Jones

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Sarah specialises in social services, the care sector and legal costs along with education.

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