Roberts and Another v Bettany and Another: CA 22 Jan 2001

Buxton LJ considered the nature of the argument as to novus actus interveniens: ‘Although the doctrine of novus actus and the defence of novus actus are sometimes talked of as and presented as simply a question of causation, which at first sight might appear to be an issue of fact, it is well recognized that the matter is more complex than that. The issue is one of law, whereby the court has to be satisfied that the acts of the third party were sufficient as a matter of law to exculpate the defendants from liability for the particular result, proximate or distant though it might have been, of his negligent act’.
Buxton LJ, Laws LJ
[2001] EWCA Civ 109, [2001] NPC 45
England and Wales
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