On 21st June 1019 Dingemans J handed down judgment in Al Najar v GLH Hotels. Several guests staying at the Cumberland Hotel in Marble Arch were attacked by Philip Spence who had entered their room to steal. The guests had over-ridden the door closing and locking mechanisms and left their bedroom door open whilst they slept. The case raised important issues about the liability of a hotel for the criminal acts of third parties.
The Judge found that the hotel owed a duty of care to the Claimants to take such care as was reasonable in all the circumstances to protect them from injury. He found that reasonable security was provided and that there had been no breach of duty and the claims were dismissed.
Neil Block QC and Camilla Church acted for the hotel. Susan Rodway QC acted for the Claimants. The Claimants are considering an appeal.
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