Vicarious liability in the Supreme Court: Morrisons strike back

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. So the famous saying goes. It is unlikely that Morrisons supermarkets – or Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc to give its full title – had that saying in mind when having a second go at arguing the issue of vicarious liability in front of the Supreme Court: Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants [2020] UKSC 12 (“Various Claimants”). Full disclosure, mine is a Morrisons supermarket-of-choice-household.

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