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JENNIFER WILKIN-SHAW (ADMINISTRATRIX OF THE ESTATE OF CHARLOTTE SHAW, DECEASED) v (1) CHRISTOPHER FULLER (2) KINGSLEY SCHOOL BIDEFORD TRUSTEE CO LTD

The appellant failed to show that the death of her daughter while on a school trip on Dartmoor was the result of the negligence of a teacher who had lost her way and failed to meet the team at a checkpoint.

26 April 2013

[2013] EWCA Civ 410

CA (Civ Div) - Pill LJ, Moore-Bick LJ, Black LJ)

18/04/2013

The appellant (W), administratrix of the estate of her 14-year-old daughter (C), appealed against the dismissal ([2012] EWHC 1777 (QB)) of her claim for damages for negligence against a teacher (F) and vicarious liability against the school which employed him for loss to C's estate and for psychiatric injury following the death of C on a school trip on Dartmoor.

The school had entered a team of children for an annual expedition. F was the team manager responsible for training the children for the challenge and organised a training weekend on Dartmoor. On the first day, the group of 11 children and four adults successfully completed their planned route and camped for the night on the moor. F and his assistants decided that the children had shown sufficient ability to progress to remote supervision, which involved the group walking unaccompanied, and being met at check p...

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