‘The Remit of Responsibility for a Tree Falling on to a Public Highway’

“There was no doubting that it was a ‘cruel combination of circumstances’ when a cherry tree that had been growing on land immediately adjacent to a dual carriageway, suddenly fell directly onto Mr Hoyle’s car the exact moment he was driving past. Mr Hoyle sadly died at the scene. A claim under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 was brought against the Local Authority both as owners of the land upon which the tree had been growing …” (more)

[Shilpa Shah, Ropewalk Chambers, 16 May]

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