Gore v Stannard (trading as Wyvern Tyres) [2012] EWCA Civ 1248

Gore v Stannard (trading as Wyvern Tyres) [2012] EWCA Civ 1248 is a Tort Law case, focusing on Rylands rule

Summary:

The defendant had a business, which included the storage of wheels. The claimant neighbour’s business, which was next door, was seriously damaged in a fire of the tyres escaping onto his property.

The court had found him liable in strict liability under the rule in Rylands.

The defendant appealed.

Issues:

The issue in Gore v Stannard (trading as Wyvern Tyres) [2012] EWCA Civ 1248 was whether the rule in Rylands and Fletcher could be extended to include liability for escaping a fire.

Held:

The appeal succeeded. Ward LJ said:

‘ although the scope of Rylands v Fletcher has been narrowed each time the highest courts have considered it, the Recorder in fact extended it beyond any previous expression of the principle. He imposed strict liability where it had not existed before.’

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