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How might a hire company be liable to a third party consumer who is injured by faulty goods supplied by the hire company under contract to an event organiser?

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Published on LexisPSL on 29/03/2018

The following Commercial Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • How might a hire company be liable to a third party consumer who is injured by faulty goods supplied by the hire company under contract to an event organiser?
  • Product liability
  • Event organiser and the consumer

In answering this Q&A we have focused on liability under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (CPA 1987) only. We have not considered the liability arrangements under the contract between the hire company and the event organiser. There may be other relevant avenues of liability for the consumer not considered below.

Product liability

Liability for defective products is dealt with under CPA 1987, which implements into UK law the provisions of Directive 85/374/EEC, the Product Liability Directive and imposes a strict liability on producers of defective products for the damage caused by those defects.

Pursuant to CPA 1987, s 2(3) the supplier of the product, whether it be a whol

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