Knipe v British Railways Board: CA 1972

The plaintiff was injured in 1948, but it later became more serious, and in 1970, having obtained leave under the 1963 Act, he issued proceedings. The defendants argued that his claim was statute-barred under section 2(1). The defendant appealed.
Held: The appeal failed. Relying on section 15 of the 1963 Act and despite the absence of argument on the point, no distinction could be drawn between cases coming within the three-year period of limitation after 1954 and cases coming within the six-year period of limitation before 1954.


Lord Denning MR, Sachs LJ, Stamp LJ


[1972] 1 QB 361


Limitation Act 1963 2(1) 15


England and Wales

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Limitation, Personal Injury

Updated: 06 May 2022; Ref: scu.189910