Local Authority Liability

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Written by a team of specialists in local authority liability claims, Local Authority Liability is a well-established and popular work that provides a comprehensive survey of the legal liabilities of local authorities. It comprises an invaluable overview of the nature and extent of the liability of local authorities, together with specialist chapters on the core areas of activity including education, social services, occupier's liability, employer's liability, highways, environmental damage and trees.

7th Edition, March 2020

This new edition has been extensively revised and updated to take account of the latest developments, including:

  • The extent of the common law duty of care owed by public authorities when performing statutory powers (Michael v Chief Constable of South Wales Police, Robinson v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police and Poole BC v GN and another).

  • The expansion of the concept of vicarious liability, with particular application to the actions of foster parents (Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council).

  • The latest case law dealing with the nature and extent of the duty of care owed by schools to pupils on the school premises and during activities away from school.

  • The question of what amounts to a highway (Barlow v Wigan Council) and the duty to maintain and statutory defence under sections 41 and 58 of the Highways Act 1980 (including an updated Code of Practice for highway maintenance).

  • Coverage of various cases in light of the application of section 69 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013.

  • The requirement of notice of disrepair within demised premises (Edwards v Kumarasamy) and the latest case law in respect of the Defective Premises Act (Dodd v Raebarn Estates Ltd).

  • The application of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018.

  • The extent and nature of the duty owed by an ordinary householder in respect of maintenance of trees (Stagecoach South Western Trains Ltd v Hind, Whitley Parish Council v Cavanagh).

  • The abatement of nuisance in respect of trees subject to tree preservation orders (Burge v South Gloucestershire Council).

  • Local Authority Liability is essential reading for all lawyers dealing with general common law and public sector claims, local authority risk managers and insurance industry professionals dealing with the public sector.


     Gabriel Fay Contributor
     James Candlin Contributor
     Katrina Boyd Author
     Mark Fowles Author
     Mark Whittaker Contributor
     Max Archer Contributor
     Spencer Turner Contributor
     Tom Banks Contributor