Liability for Accident in Public Park

December 4th, 2020 by James Goudie KC

In Lewis v Wandsworth LBC (2020) EWHC 3205 (QB) it is held that the local authority had been under no legal duty to warn those using a path in a public park that a game of cricket with a hard ball was in progress and that the boundary of the cricket pitch was alongside the path. Bolton v Stone (1951) AC 850 was considered. Reasonable foreseeability of an accident is not sufficient to found liability. The Court has to consider not only the potential seriousness of an accident but also the chances of an accident happening and the measures which could be taken to minimise or avoid an accident.



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