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Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis v Shaw - aggravated damages: the history, the principles, and the future?

Aggravated damages are not punitive, but form part of the compensation for injury to feelings. A tribunal should use them to compensate for the additional distress caused to a victim by the aggravating features of the case, but - whatever label it applies - it must always ensure that the overall award is proportionate to the totality of the suffering caused to a claimant.

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