Holding the Home Office responsible for independent contractors in immigration detention

Date: Tuesday 24 March 2015

Time: 18.30 – 20.00

Location: 53-54 Doughty Street, London, WC1N 2LS

Venue: Doughty Street Chambers

Speakers: Alex Gask, Alison Pickup, Heather Williams QC, Michelle Knorr

CPD: 1.5

Fee: Free

Doughty Street Chambers are delighted to invite you to this seminar organised by its specialist immigration detention group on Tuesday 24th March 2014.

This seminar will consider the potential impact of Woodland v Swimming Teachers Association [2013] UKSC 66 on the liability of the Home Office for acts and omissions of independent contractors in the immigration detention context including:

  • When the Home Office has a non-delegable duty of care for detainees
  • Whether non-delegable duties can extend beyond negligence to other torts such as assault and battery
  • Whether the judgment in Quaquah v G4S (QBD, 23 May 2001) is still good law in light of Woodland and changes to the system for the regulation of Detention Custody Officers

This expert-level seminar is aimed at specialist practitioners with experience of bringing civil claims against the Home Office. 


To reserve your place please RSVP to events@doughtystreet.co.uk or contact Jennifer Noone on 020 7404 1313.


To see Doughty Street Detention group’s team blog ‘Hard Time’ please see here.

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