Brown v Ministry of Defence: CA 10 May 2006

Claim for injury suffered whilst training in Army. The claimant was committed to a career in the Army, and had anticipated promotion. She complained that her loss of pension rights had been calculated at a rate to reflect an average length career.
Held: The judges had failed to apply the correct principles as to loss of pension rights, and the court would itself calculate the sum afresh on the basis that she would have served a full career.


Lord Justice Chadwick Lord Justice Moore-Bick Mr Justice Lawrence Collins


[2006] EWCA Civ 546




England and Wales


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Personal Injury, Negligence

Updated: 06 July 2022; Ref: scu.241603