Patchett and Another v Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association Ltd: CA 15 Jul 2009

The claimant suffered damages when the contractor he engaged to construct his swimming pool went into liquidation. Before employing him, he had consulted the defendant’s web-site which suggested that its members were checked for solvency on becoming members, and that their work was covered by a guarantee. The contractor was not a full member, but this was not clear.
Held: The claimant’s appeal against dismissal of his claim failed. The web-site was aimed at a class of people who might wish to instruct a member. However, there was no representation as to the continuing solvency of a member, and the claimants had not taken the steps recommended by the site before entering into a contract. The general law of negligence applied equally to the internet. Lady Smith dissented but would have put the claimant’s contributory negligence at 75%.


Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony MR, Scott-Baker, Smith LJJ


[2009] EWCA Civ 717




England and Wales


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