- Liability of English Heritage for castle visitor’s fall upheld by Court of Appeal
- Original news
- What were the facts of the case?
- What did the County Court decide?
- What were the grounds of appeal?
- What is the law in this area?
- What did the Court of Appeal decide?
- Breach of OLA 1957, s 2
- Contributory negligence
- What are the implications of the decision?
Property analysis: What is a property owner’s liability to visitors? The Court of Appeal found that English Heritage was liable to a visitor who fell into a moat at one of its properties. However, it cautioned that its finding should not be interpreted as requiring occupiers like English Heritage to place unsightly warning signs in prominent positions all over sensitive historic sites. The decision was a result of the application of the law to the particular facts.
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