Hosts warned after conker claim' bid

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A customer's threat to sue a pub after she was hit on the head by a conker has been described by lawyers as a "non-starter". The incident took place...

A customer's threat to sue a pub after she was hit on the head by a conker has been described by lawyers as a "non-starter". The incident took place in the garden of the Wetherspoon's-owned Golden Lion at Rochester, Dorset. Chris Davies, of law firm Halliwell Landau, said thatthe incident was likely to beofficially classed as an "Act of God" with any action likely to have only the remotest chance of success. "My view is that negligence on the part of the pub owners would have to be establishedand I do not think that conkers would be classed as a hazard,"he said. Licensees have nevertheless been warned to guard againstthe litigation culture which isnow beginning to infiltrate the trade. Federation of Licensed Victuallers Associations chief executive, Tony Payne, said: "This goes to show just what people will try on these days. "If nothing else, it will alert licensees to the fact that a proper assessment of all risks and hazards on their premises needs to becarried out.

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