Michael v Chief Constable of South Wales Police [2015] UKSC 2

11 Pages Posted: 16 Feb 2015 Last revised: 25 Apr 2015

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Nicholas McBride

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law

Date Written: February 1, 2015

Abstract

Michael v Chief Constable of South Wales Police is arguably the third most important case - after Donoghue v Stevenson (1932) and Hedley Byrne v Heller & Partners (1964) - on the English law of negligence to be decided by the UK's highest court. This short paper summarises the facts and the decision of the UKSC in Michael, and discusses the implications of that decision for how cases will be decided in future where a public body is sued in negligence for failing to save someone from harm.

Keywords: Tort, negligence, public bodies, omissions, UK Supreme Court, duty of care

Suggested Citation

McBride, Nicholas, Michael v Chief Constable of South Wales Police [2015] UKSC 2 (February 1, 2015). University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 21/2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2565068 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2565068

Nicholas McBride (Contact Author)

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Cambridge, CB3 9DZ
United Kingdom

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