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Morrisons case has implications for FM employers

23 March 2016

A ruling by the Supreme Court following an assault by a Morrisons' employee has implications for companies in all areas.

Following the assault on Ahmed Mahmoud by Amjid Khan on a Morrisons' premises, the Supreme Court ruled that the business was "vicariously liable" for their employees' actions and there responsible for Mr Khan's action.

The incident occurred when Mr Khan followed Mr Mahmoud to his car after a disagreement. Mr Mahmoud was told not to return to the Morrisons petrol station and was also assaulted by Mr Khan, the court was told.

Mr Khans action was described as "purporting to act about his employer's business" and the Supreme Court stated this meant the company was vicariously liable.

Kirwans personal injury solicitor James Barker said the ruling is "extremely significant" and further stated this could "open the floodgates for similar cases where an employee commits a negligent act, in a place of work, during working hours".

The ruling means that liability is not just regarded as accountable for just the individual and that employers will now be regarded as bearing responsibility, Mr Barker said.

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