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Offer to accept no compensation can be a genuine offer

29th August 2019 | Alisha Francis

Her Ladyship Justice McGowan confirmed that an offer to accept nil compensation may be viewed as a genuine offer.

The case of MR v Commisioner of Police for the Metroplolis (2019) involved proceedings against the police for false imprisonment and assault. The claimant made an offer that the matter be settled for nil pounds with an admission of liability from the police. The police never responded to that offer. At the trial, the police were ordered to pay the claimant compensation of £2,750.

Justice McGowan said that giving up any and all claim to a financial remedy is a significant concession and therefore a genuine offer.

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