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Lister v Hesley Hall Ltd


Selected Originals - Queen Opens Hesley Hall (1950)




Palsgraf v Long Island Railway Co 1928 162 NE 99


SQE1 Assessment – Question of the Week: Torts (Vicarious Liability)


Mattis v Pollock 2003 EWCA Civ 887, 2003 1 WLR 2158

Lister v Hesley Hall Ltd [2001] UKHL 22 is an English tort law case, creating a new precedent for finding where an employer is vicariously liable for the torts of their employees. Prior to this decision, it had been found that sexual abuse by employees of others could not be seen as in the course of their employment, precluding recovery from the employer. The majority of the House of Lords however overruled the Court of Appeal, and these earlier decisions, establishing that the "relative closeness" connecting the tort and the nature of an individual's employment established liability.
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