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Farrant v Thanet District Council - QBD 11 June 1996
Claimant: Ian Christopher Farrant, 1Incident: Swimming pool accident
Injuries: Claimant dived into shallow pool on Margate sea-front and broke neck; now confined to wheelchair
Liability: Local authority held 80 per cent to blame, claimant 20 per cent; interim payment of £250,000 pending decision on quantum; in deciding liability judge said he considered claimant would not have dived had warning notices been in place; judge said there had been four drownings in the pool, including one last year; he held council knew or should have known that diving took place at the pool and there was clearly a foreseeable risk; he accepted council budget restraints but said if it did not demolish the pool it was under a duty to ban diving completely and enforce the ban
Judge: Mr Justice Nelson
Plaintiff's solicitors: Cunningham John (Thetford)
Plaintiff's counsel: Michael Spencer QC and Hywell Jenkins
Green v Bennett - QBD 5 June 1996
Claimant: Mavis Green, 71
Incident: Road traffic accident
Injuries: Claimant, 67 at time of accident, suffered multiple fractures of right arm, leg and pelvis, after being knocked down as she crossed road
Award: £55,000 (agreed damages)
Judge: Judge Christopher Hordern QC (sitting as additional judge of High Court)