Kilboy v South Eastern Fire Area Joint Committee: 1952

The court discussed the rule of respondeat superior: ‘What was once presented as a legal principle has degenerated into a rule of expediency, imperfectly defined, and changing its shape before our eyes under the impact of changing social and political conditions’.


Lord President (Cooper)


1952 SC 280



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CitedLister and Others v Hesley Hall Ltd HL 3-May-2001
A school board employed staff to manage a residential school for vulnerable children. The staff committed sexual abuse of the children. The school denied vicarious liability for the acts of the teachers.
Held: ‘Vicarious liability is legal . .
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Vicarious Liability

Updated: 22 November 2022; Ref: scu.214671