Discuss the significance of the decision in the case of wheat v lacon & co. Ltd to the development of the law on occupiers' liability.

An occupier is someone who occupies premises, has possession of, or a sufficient degree of control of, premises, or an area within premises, there can be more than one occupier.

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This essay looks at the issue in the case of Wheat v E Lacon & Co Ltd and the cause of the fatal fall down the stairs.

It looks at the court's decision regarding who was the occupier in this instance and discusses the court's findings that an occupier is the person with control of the premises at the time of the incident and that it is possible to have more than one occupier.

Other cases are looked at and the links to Wheat and Lacon are examined in the case of Collier v Anglian Water Authority (1983), Whiting v Hillingdon LBC (1970) and McGeown v Northern Ireland Housing Executive (1994). 

 

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