Farah and Others v Home Office, British Airways Plc and Another: CA 6 Dec 1999

The applicants claimed in negligence against the Home Office after its advisers had wrongly advised the first defendants that the claimants’ travel documents were not valid. The claim was struck out, and the claimants appealed. The strike out was wrong in principle, because such a claim required first for certain facts to be established or denied, and that required other steps to be taken before a strike out application could properly be determined. Such a representation arguably founded a negligence action because there was arguably a sufficient degree of proximity between the Home Office and the passenger to give rise to a duty of care. The strike out was premature.


Lord Woolf MR and Chadwick LJ


Times 26-Jan-2000


Immigration (Carriers Liability) Act 1987


England and Wales

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Litigation Practice, Negligence

Updated: 10 May 2022; Ref: scu.80467