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Goldman v Hargrave [1967]


  • Lightning set fire the defendant’s tree
  • Although the defendant had the means to put the fire out, he chose to let it burn out
  • The fire spread to a neighbours adjoining property, causing damage


  • Was the defendant liable for not acting and allowing the fire spreading; could a duty be owed to an adjoining neighbour


  • Liability allowed


  • 3 conditions were set for adjoining neighbour cases. The defendant satisfied them all
  1. The defendant must have knowledge of the danger
  2. The damage must have been a foreseeable consequence
  3. The defendant must have had the ability to abate the foreseeable consequence occurring
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