At common law it was necessary to distinguish between invitees, licensees and trespassers on premises. The approximate distinction between invitees and licensees was that an invitee was requested to enter the premises in the interest of the occupier, whereas a licensee was merely permitted to enter. The extensive case law on the distinction between the two is no longer important because 'visitor' for the purposes of the Occupiers' Liability Act 1957 embraces those persons who are invitees or licensees at common law1, that is, anyone to whom the occupier gives any invitation
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