11th January 2021
Location

Online Seminar via Zoom

Online Seminar via Zoom

High Court case of Langley v GMB - review by Beth Grossman

Monday 11 January 2021 | 3pm

Beth Grossman reviews the High Court case of Langley v GMB, in particular the scope of a trade union’s duty to a member in tort law, and how it might engage with a trade union’s political activities.

One of the core roles of a trade union is to provide support to members in employment disputes. That support might encompass anything from a brief conversation about what to do through to negotiating a settlement agreement, or supporting a member bring a legal action. What is the scope of a trade union’s duty to a member in tort law, and when might it become liable in negligence? How might it engage with a trade unions’ political activities? This issue was recently revisited by the High Court in the case of Langley v GMB, for the first time in more than fifteen years. Beth Grossman successfully represented the GMB union in a case which reviewed the legal authorities and set out the limits of the union’s role.

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