Rookes v Barnard [1964]


  • The facts are irrelevant for the purposes of this page, though involved Rookes, a draftsman, attempting to sue a union branch chairman for intimidation by unlawful means through the union’s attempt to unlawful end his employment contract


  • (When) can punitive damages be awarded in tort


  • Claim succeeded


  • Note that the decision would be reversed again by 1965 statute
  • For punitive damages, there must be oppressive governmental conduct for profit or where statute allows


[1964] UKHL 1

RELATED CASE  Donoghue v Stevenson [1932]

Posted in Tort Law Revision Notes.

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