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News 30th Jul 2013

Marlie Farm Firework Fire Litigation

Mr Justice Irwin has today given judgment in the Marlie Farm Firework Fire Litigation. Fire fighters and police officers sought damages from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service arising out of a fire which erupted following a massive explosion at a firework factory in East Sussex.

Mr Justice Irwin has held the Service liable in negligence and breach of statutory duty. He rejected a defence that the Service was immune from such personal injury claims and the judgment is an important analysis of the health and safety duties of a public employer.

Lawrence West QC and Adam Heppinstall represented one of the fire fighter claimants.

See the Judgment here.

See press coverage here.

See BBC news story here.

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