Sedleigh-Denfield v O’Callaghan [1940]


  • Trespassers had laid a pipe on the defendant’s land designed to divert flood water
  • Following previous less-serious incidents, the pipe was blocked and the claimant’s land was flooded


  • Could there be nuisance liability?


  • Yes


  • Known blockage therefore liability in not adding a leaf filter to the pipe
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