Barlow v Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council [2020] EWCA Civ 696

The Court of Appeal gave guidance on the approach to the question of whether a way is a highway maintainable at public expense. Full judgment, dated 1 June 2020 Summary: C had tripped on a dangerous path in a public park, but D contended that the path was not a highway maintainable at public expense. … Continue reading Barlow v Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council [2020] EWCA Civ 696

London Borough of Haringey v FZO [2020] EWCA Civ 180

The Court of Appeal upheld a decision in a historic sex abuse case concerning issues of limitation, consent, vicarious liability and causation. Full judgment, dated 18 February 2020 Summary: R had been sexually abused by A’s teacher in the 1980s. A appealed findings that (i) the limitation period should be disapplied, (ii) the sexual activity … Continue reading London Borough of Haringey v FZO [2020] EWCA Civ 180

Poole Borough Council v GN [2019] UKSC 25

The Supreme Court reaffirmed the principles applying to the liability of public authorities for breach of statutory duty and negligence. Full judgment. Summary: The court rejected a damages claim brought on the basis that the Defendant’s responsibilities towards the Claimants under the Children Act 1989 had given rise to a common law duty of care, … Continue reading Poole Borough Council v GN [2019] UKSC 25