Opportunity to revisit the law on material contribution not taken

The Privy Council (25 January 2016) handed down the judgment in Williams v The Bermuda Hospitals Board [2016] UKPC 4. It had been hoped that the Supreme Court, in its guise as the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC), might take the opportunity to revisit the existing law on material contribution and causation, which some feel is in need of reform. This proved not to be the case, with the Privy Council upholding the Court of Appeal of Bermuda’s decision and dismissing the Hospitals Board’s appeal.

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