Shelbourne v Cancer Research UK

Negligence – Personal injury. The appellant, an employee of the respondent, Cancer Research UK (CRUK), appealed against a recorder's decision that CRUK was not liable in negligence or vicariously liable in respect of a back injury she had sustained at CRUK's Christmas Party in 2012. A visiting scientist, who was not an employee of CRUK, had picked the appellant up on the dance-floor and had dropped her. The Queen's Bench Division, in dismissing the appeal, held that the recorder had not erred in finding that the claim for negligence had not been made out, and that appellant had not made good the proposition that the demands of social justice were such as to require the recorder to determine that CRUK was vicariously liable for what had happened to her at the Christmas party.

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