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Legal 500 (2016)

Landmark court ruling following French adventure park accident

We obtained a landmark court ruling for our client who broke his heel bone whilst on holiday in France. He was sliding down a zip wire at an Adventure Park which led to a platform in a tree. The slide did not slow appropriately which caused him to crash into the tree at speed. Liability for the accident was denied by the owners of the park.

Because of recent developments in European law, we pursued our client’s legal claim in the English courts. This had only previously been done in cases involving road traffic accidents. However, as this was not a road traffic accident, the French insurers of the Adventure Park argued that this case could not be heard before the English courts and had to be heard in France.

We successfully maintained that this claim could be heard by the English courts. As a result of our success on this point, our client’s claim was pursued in England. This had a number of significant advantages for him.  We then went on to establish the park owners’ liability for the incident. After this we successfully negotiated a settlement including substantial damages in this important precedent setting case.

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