From our private database of 37,200+ case briefs...
Allen v. Whitehead
England and Wales High Court of Justice, King’s Bench Division
 All E.R. 13 (1929),  K.B. 211 (1930)
Under applicable law, a bar owner committed the crime of disorderly conduct if the owner knowingly allowed prostitutes to meet or hang out in his bar. Whitehead (defendant) owned a bar and hired a manager to operate it. Whitehead visited the bar only once or twice per week. The police noticed prostitutes congregating in Whitehead’s bar and warned Whitehead about the illegality of allowing that activity to continue. Whitehead then told his manager not to allow any prostitutes to congregate in the bar. However, the manager knowingly allowed prostitutes to continue to meet and hang out in the bar for the next seven nights. Whitehead was charged with violating the criminal statute. No evidence existed that Whitehead personally knew that the prostitutes had continued to gather at his bar. The criminal charge against Whitehead was based solely on the manager’s knowledge and conduct. The magistrate found that because Whitehead had lacked personal knowledge of the activity, Whitehead had not knowingly allowed the disorderly conduct. The magistrate dismissed the criminal charge. The matter was appealed to determine whether an employer could be held criminally responsible for an employee’s violation of a criminal law.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Hewart, C.J.)
Concurrence (Brand, J.)
Concurrence (Avory, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 629,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee
Here's why 629,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 37,200 briefs, keyed to 984 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.