Serco held liable for serious assault by detainee on custody officer at Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre


Collins v Serco Group Plc

Dan Lawson represented the Claimant at this recent High Court liability trial. 

Sian Collins worked as a custody officer at the Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre, near Heathrow.  A violent detainee struck her over the head with a heavy fax machine.

Her employer, Serco, was held liable for the assault despite its sudden nature.

Serco had failed to conduct a proper risk assessment  and had failed to set up an adequate system to warn the claimant of risks posed by the particular detainee in question.

Full details of the judgment are available here.