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Cole v Davies-Gilbert & Ors - compensation culture - Court of Appeal 1.3.07

The Court of Appeal allowed an appeal by the Royal British Legion against a judgment in favour of a Ms Yvonne Cole who was awarded damages for a broken leg after she fell into a hole left by a Maypole on the village green at East Dean in Sussex. Lord Justice Scott Baker said "if the law courts were to set a higher standard of care than what is reasonable, the consequences would quickly be felt. There would be no fĂȘtes, no maypole dancing and none of the activities that have come to be associated with the English village green for fear of what might conceivably go wrong".

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