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Pinsent Masons faces lawsuit following trainee assault
Of course they could be liable. I'm not saying they will be found liable because I don't know all the facts. But what if this scenario was the case:
The firm host a party. They provide free drinks and people can drink as much as they like. People get verty drunk. What if a partner said, "come on, let's go to a pub" - note the article said that these two left "with others" - that could include a partner or partners. What if the partner then put his credit card behind the bar and said "the bar tab's on me, keep drinking". What if the assailant was very obviously drunk and was being aggressive in the pub but no-one did or said anything and in fact continued to supply him with drinks.
In that scenario (and I have no idea whether any of that is correct) it's not difficult to see how a court could find that the firm (through the actions of the partner/partners) materially contributed to this incident.
The truth is that no-one on here knows the facts. The facts might suggest there is a case. Who knows?
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