Police did not owe a duty of care in negligence to domestic violence victims


Re: Michael & Ors v The Chief Constable of South Wales Police & Anor [2015] UKSC 2

The Supreme Court dismissed the appellants’ appeal by majority against a claim that the police were negligent for harm caused by third party in a domestic violence issue where they had been given contacted previously about the threat to life. The majority rejected the argument that the police owed a duty of care in negligence as it was speculative whether the duty would improve the performance in domestic violence cases and it was not in the public interest.

Karon Monaghan QC was involved in this case.