Written by a team of specialists in local authority liability claims, this well-established and popular work provides a comprehensive survey of the legal liabilities of local authorities.
The text 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.
This new edition has been extensively revised and updated to take into account the latest developments, including:
- The expansion of the concept of vicarious liability, with particular application to the actions of foster parents (Armes v Nottinghamshire)
- The extent of the common law duty of care owed by public authorities where performing statutory powers (Michael v Chief Constable of South Wales Police, Robinson v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police and CN & GN v Poole Borough Council)
- The question of what amounts to highway (Barlow v Wigan) and the risk based approach to highway maintenance promoted by the updated Code of Practice
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.
Author: Katrina Boyd and Mark Fowles
Publication Date: March 2020