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Mersey Docks & Harbour Board v Coggins & Griffiths

[1947] AC 1

Case summary last updated at 20/01/2020 16:40 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case Mersey Docks & Harbour Board v Coggins & Griffiths

P was injured by X who was operating a crane. X was employed and the crane owned by D, who had let both to Y. P sued D and HL allowed P’s claim, saying that D was liable rather than Y. 
Lord Macmillan: it is possible for the general employer to show that the employee had been transferred the servant’s services for a particular occasion to another party, so as to make the other party liable, but the burden is on the general employer and here he had failed to show this. 

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