LIABILITY FOR THE ACTS OF OTHERS

LIABILITY FOR THE ACTS OF OTHERS

The leading example of this kind of responsibility in English law is called ‘vicarious liability’.

The term is applied to the situation where an employer (often referred to as a master) is held liable and accountable for the tort committed by his employee (or servant) whilst the latter was acting in the course of his employment.

In the words of Lord Denning: (The master) acts by his servant; and his servant’s acts are, for this purpose, to be considered as his acts.