Braganza v BP Shipping Ltd

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
    [2015] UKSC 17
  • Legal Body
    UK Supreme Court / House of Lords (UKSC/UKHL)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Contracts of Employment
Issues covered: Contract of employment; death in service benefits; investigation; suicide

This UK supreme Court case was reviewed for our NI updates and might be of particular value to those readers with business interests in the UK:

Mr Braganza was a chief engineer on an oil tanker and he disappeared whilst in the middle of the North Atlantic ocean. No-one knows what happened to him but the employer concluded that he had committed suicide, and denied his widow contractual death benefits. Had the investigation been extensive enough? More importantly, does evidence have to be of a higher magnitude when behaviour, like suicide, is inherently improbable?

The UK Supreme Court (by a 3:2 majority) has overturned the decision of the Court of Appeal that had denied Mr Braganza's widow

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This article is correct at 17/04/2015

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