Lippiatt and Febry v South Gloucestershire County Council: CA 31 Mar 1999

The defendant had failed to remove travellers who had encamped on its land and caused nuisances against neighbouring farmers.
Held: The court refused to strike out a claim in nuisance by neighbouring land owners. It was arguable that a land owner can be liable for repeated acts constituting nuisance committed from its land by those it knew were in occupation, and where no steps were taken to evict them. It was its own land from which a continuing nuisance emanated.


Evans, Mummery LJJ, Sir Christopher Staughton


Times 09-Apr-1999, Gazette 14-Apr-1999, [1999] EWCA Civ 1151, [2000] QB 51, [1999] 4 All ER 149, (1999) 1 LGLR 865, [1999] 3 WLR 137, (1999) 31 HLR 1114, [1999] BLGR 562




England and Wales


CitedPage Motors v Epsom Borough Council CA 9-Jul-1981
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CitedAttorney-General v Corke ChD 1933
The defendant whose land had been occupied by caravan dwellers for profit was liable in public nuisance and under the rule in Rylands v Fletcher and was restrained by injunction. Offending acts had been committed by the caravan dwellers, who were . .

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CitedLawrence and Another v Fen Tigers Ltd and Others QBD 4-Mar-2011
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Updated: 30 May 2022; Ref: scu.146066