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Occupiers' Liability

Court of Appeal upholds liability for failure to provide warning signs at visitor attraction

The Court of Appeal have upheld a finding that English Heritage are liable for serious head injuries suffered by a visitor to Carisbooke Castle on the Isle of Wight. The Claimant was injured when he fell down an unmarked sheer drop into…

Tom Mountford examines the case of Dean & Chapter of Rochester Cathedral v Leonard Debell [2016] EWCA Civ 1094 CA (Civ Div) (Hallett LJ, Elias LJ)

In this recent case the Court of Appeal examined the correct application of the reasonable foresee-ability of harm test in cases of occupiers liability.

The decision at first instance

The defendant cathedral appealed against a finding of liability for negligence made by…

A steep staircase without a handrail that was ‘potentially dangerous’ is not a relevant defect for the purposes of the Defective Premises Act 1972

Helen Pooley looks at the case of Megan Louise Dodd v Raebarn Estates Ltd and 5 Others [2016] EWHC 262 (QB) which reminds practitioners of the narrow interpretation of a ‘relevant defect’ under the Defective Premises Act 1972.

The Defective Premises Act…

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