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vicarious liability for contractors - hear from James Arrowsmith

24 October 2018

Watch this update on vicarious liability, covering the most recent case law including Various Claimants and Barclays Bank. James discusses the types of relationship between businesses and workers, contractors or employees where vicarious liability can arise, and the types of incidents that can arise - such as data breaches and independent contractors.

James explains what the courts are willing to look at in terms of the nature of relationships between the organisation and the individuals, also highlighting other considerations such as who can pay, the extent the contractor is integrated into the business, the degree of control exercised by the contractor, physical assaults and harassment.

“Our advice to clients when procuring services would be to think about what risks might arise - planning for them in advance is much more effective and allows mitigation steps to be taken, which simply aren’t possible after the event.” – hear more from James today.

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