Goodman v Faber Prest Steel: CA 5 Mar 2013

The defendant appealed against the award of damages after being found liable for injuries caused in a road traffic accident. They disputed whether the injuries now complained of were the result of the accident.
Held: the appeal succeed and the case remitted to be reheard. The judge had ‘accepted Mr. Goodman’s assertion that he had experienced knee and back pain immediately following the accident without testing it against the medical records and other documents (including the email) which tended to contradict it. She appears to have placed some reliance on the fact that Mr. Goodman obtained an automatic car as a replacement immediately following the accident, but, given that he must have been shaken up by what had happened, that may not take the matter very far. One is left with the clear impression that she was swayed by Mr. Goodman’s performance in the witness box into disregarding the important documentary evidence bearing on what had become the central question in the case. It may have been open to her to prefer what he had said in the witness box, but if she was minded to do so it was incumbent on her to deal with the documentary evidence and explain why Mr. Goodman’s oral evidence was to be preferred. ‘


Sir John Thomas P, Moore-Bick, Rimer LJJ


[2013] EWCA Civ 153




England and Wales


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Proof of corruption not needed for bribe
In establishing that money was paid as an improper inducement or bribe, proof of corruptness or a corrupt motive was unnecessary.
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