Lister v Romford Ice and Cold Storage Co Ltd: HL 1957

An employer may be civilly responsible for his employee’s breach even though it constitutes a crime, and a skilled employee in general owed a contractual duty of reasonable care to his employer in the performance of his employment. In determining the rights inter se of A and B, the fact that one them is insured is to be disregarded. A term will not be implied into a contract at common law unless it satisfies the requirement of certainty, under ‘the general principle that an implication must be precise and obvious’.
Viscount Simonds said: ‘as a general proposition it has not, I think, been questioned for nearly 200 years that in determining the rights inter se of A and B the fact that one or other of them is insured is to be disregarded’.


Viscount Simonds, Lord Tucker


[1957] 1 All ER 125, [1956] UKHL 6, [1957] AC 555




England and Wales


Appeal fromLister v Romford Ice and Cold Storage Co Ltd CA 1956
Where an employer is found vicariously liable for an employee’s actions, they are entitled to recover an indemnity from them, to cover such losses.
Held: An accident which occurred in the yard of a slaughterhouse did not arise out of use on . .

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CitedWestminster (Duke of) and others v Guild CA 30-Mar-1983
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Vicarious Liability, Contract

Updated: 08 June 2022; Ref: scu.190003