Bourne Leisure v. Shakespeare


Practice Areas

Personal Injury

Cases Citation


Anthony Johnson successfully represented the Respondent who had slipped on liquid that had been spilled on the dancefloor at the Defendant’s Butlins Bognor Regis resort. Butterfield J. upheld the trial judge’s decision that the Appellant was liable to the Respondent under section 2(2) of the Occupiers Liability Act 1957 on account of the fact that the Defendant’s inspection regime was insufficient, and that the Defendant should have taken some steps, albeit minor ones that would not ruin the atmosphere in the venue, to enforce its policy of preventing guests from taking drinks onto the dancefloor given the obvious risk of spillage. He rejected the Appellant’s submissions that the trial judge had imposed too high a duty on the Defendant that was effectively a counsel of perfection, and that any reasonably practicable improvements to the Defendant’s system would not have made a difference in any event.

Related Barristers

Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson
Year of Call: 2006

Close X

TEMPLE GARDEN CHAMBERS is a market leading set with recognised excellence in a myriad of practice areas with awarded leaders in twelve specialist areas. TGC has the privilege of being well placed in the Temple and The Hague with superb facilities.

Currently consisting of 17 silks and 60 juniors with outstanding leadership and a long established clerking team acknowledged for their exceptional client services and business development, we are keen to expand upon our key areas.

To accommodate the growth in our core practice areas we are inviting applications from established practitioners and/or teams to further enhance our excellent reputation in the following fields:

• Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence
• Inquests & Inquiries
• Health & Safety
• Costs & Litigation Funding

TGC is widely recognised for its friendly ethos and its commitment to Equality & Diversity and Wellbeing. We are especially keen to encourage applications from underrepresented groups at the bar – women, people with disabilities, those from ethnic minority groups and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Applications will be treated with the strictest confidence and should be addressed to the Head of Chambers, Keith Morton QC

In advance of any formal application both Keith Morton QC and Dean Norton (Senior Clerk) would be delighted to have a confidential discussion. To arrange a meeting please contact Dean on 020 7842 8641 or