Law Absolute - Recruitment specialists

Insurance company not liable for black cab victims

27th June 2012

A Bristol-based commercial law firm has secured victory for an insurance company which claimed it was not liable for injuries sustained by the victims of a black cab driver who has been convicted of sexual assaults on twelve of his passengers.

A private practice headquartered in Manchester had launched a joint action on behalf of the women who were attacked by John Worboys in 2007 and 2008, but were unsuccessful in their attempts at persuading a court that Inceptum Insurance Company – the group who insured the taxi driven by the culprit – should pay compensation to those injured in the vehicle.

The firm representing Inceptum, which holds some of the most senior UK legal jobs outside of London, were supported by the presiding judge, Silber J, in their assertion that the company could not be held responsible in this case, as use of the taxi on the road was not in itself a direct cause of the harm suffered by the victims in question.