Employment law cases

Lawton v BOC Transhield Ltd [1987] IRLR 404 HC

Reports relating to this case:

  • Negligence: High Court recognises liability for negligent references

    4 August 1987

    In Lawton v BOC Transhield Ltd the High Court rules that an employer owes an ex-employee a duty of care when giving a reference to a prospective employer. But the court holds that the defendant company was not negligent in the particular circumstances as there was ample evidence to support the opinions expressed in the reference.