Occupier's Liability

Occupier’s Liability

Our barristers are involved in the full gamut of occupiers liability cases from everyday slips and trips in supermarkets and restaurants to catastrophic injuries occurring at swimming pools, beaches, schools and leisure centres.

There is a breadth of experience in dealing with claims brought against individual householders, and against all sizes of businesses and large public bodies. Chambers has been at the forefront of the law in this area with two of our members appearing for the Defendant in Yates v National Trust [2014] EWHC 222 where the Claimant unsuccessfully tried to extend the duty of the occupier under the Occupiers’ Liability 1957 to the acts of an independent contractor. Members have also appeared in important cases such as Baldacchino v West Wittering Estate Plc [2008] EWHC 3386 (QB) and Geary v JD Wetherspoon [2011] EWHC 1506 (QB) where the courts did not find for severely injured claimants in circumstances as there was nothing wrong with the respective premises and the claimants had consented to the risk of the activities they were undertaking.

Members have also recently been involved in claims for injuries suffered from falling through a transparent weather curtain in a pub’s smoking area, from leaping unsuccessfully off a climbing wall to reach a nearby buttress, and from falling whilst ornate lion-clambering outside Portsmouth Guildhall.

Who to contact

Ben Sundborg

Ben Sundborg is the Senior Practice Manager for the Occupier’s Liability team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


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Call: +44 (0)20 7832 1179


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William Norris QC

William Norris QC

Call: 1974 Silk: 1997

Robert Lazarus

Robert Lazarus

Call: 2004

Quintin Fraser

Quintin Fraser

Call: 2006

Nicola Kohn

Nicola Kohn

Call: 2012

Call +44 (0)20 7832 1111 for more information

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