Docks and Harbours in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Owners of SS. "Hontestroom" v Owners of SS. "Sagaporack."
    • House of Lords
    • 20 Julio 1926

    None the less, not to have seen the witnesses puts appellate judges in a permanent position of disadvantage as against the trial judge, and, unless it can be shown that he has failed to use or has palpably misused his advantage, the higher Court ought not to take the responsibility of reversing conclusions so arrived at, merely on the result of their own comparisons and criticisms of the witnesses and of their own view of the probabilities of the case.

  • Mersey Docks and Harbour Board v Procter
    • House of Lords
    • 13 Marzo 1923

    In such a case it is the duty of the Court of Appeal to make up its own mind, not disregarding the judgment appealed from and giving special weight to that judgment in cases where the credibility of the witnesses comes into question, but with full liberty to draw its own inference from the facts proved or admitted and to decide accordingly.

    The leading distinction between an invitee and a licensee is that, in the case of the former, invitor and invitee have a common interest, while, in the latter, licensor and licensee have none. The common interest here is that ships in the docks should, when necessary, be able to employ boilermakers on board of them.

  • Ward v Tesco Stores Ltd
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 13 Noviembre 1975

    This case, too, has to be decided on its own facts, to which established principles must be applied. "Where", said Chief Justice Erle, "the thing is shown to be under the management of the defendant or his servants, and the accident is such as in the ordinary course of things does not happen if those who have the management use proper care, it affords reasonable evidence, in the absence of explanation by the defendant, that the accident arose from want of care."

    Such burden of proof as there is on defendants in such circumstances is evidential, not probative. The trial judge thought that prima facie this accident would not have happened had the defendants taken reasonable care. In my judgment he was justified in taking that view because the probabilities were that the spillage had been on the floor long enough for it to have been cleaned up by a member of the staff.

  • McDermid v Nash Dredging & Reclamation Company Ltd
    • House of Lords
    • 02 Julio 1987

    First, an employer owes to his employee a duty to exercise reasonable care to ensure that the system of work provided for him is a safe one. The essential characteristic of the duty is that, if it is not performed, it is no defence for the employer to show that he delegated its performance to a person, whether his servant or not his servant, whom he reasonably believed to be competent to perform it. Despite such delegation the employer is liable for the non-performance of the duty.

  • Workington Harbour & Dock Board v Towerfield
    • House of Lords
    • 30 Junio 1950

    I only wish to make it plain that in my view the section is confined to damage, not damages. I think that it covers no more than the actual physical damage which a vessel may do to the works which constitute the harbour, dock or pier.

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Books & Journal Articles
    • Núm. 10-2, Junio 1963
    • Scottish Journal of Political Economy
    ......(12) Retail distribution (820) (8) Road transport (702-3) (9) Docks, harbours etc. (705) (12) 65.2 75.3 81.8 83.1 90.0 91.2 88-5 ......
  • Industrial Relations in the United Kingdom
    • Núm. 5-3, Noviembre 1967
    • British Journal of Industrial Relations
    ...... would consider them. Labour Relations on the Docks Much progress was made in the plans to end the casual ... licences to employ dock workers under the Docks and Harbours Act, 1966 (see Chronicle, B.J.I.R., Vol. IV, No. 3, November ......
    • Núm. 30-6, Noviembre 1967
    • The Modern Law Review
    ...... which for decades had been the curse of the docks. Work in the docks is, however, by its nature (‘ casual ’) ... law It does not, however, affect 82 Docks and Harbours Act 1966, 8s. 1-19, based on the Final Report of the ......
  • Courts of Summary Jurisdiction
    • Núm. 4-1, Enero 1940
    • Journal of Criminal Law, The
    ......, dealing respectively with lights on railways, and lights in docks, harbours, etc. The effect of this indirect way of authorizing ......
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Law Firm Commentaries
  • Marine Navigation Act 2013
    • Mondaq United Kingdom
    ...... have a maritime pilot on board a vessel to enter or traverse some harbours creates an added expense to shipping companies. In some instances, where a ... Special Directions. Section 52 of the Harbours, Docks and Piers Clauses Act 1847, usually incorporated into a harbour's local ......
  • Domestic VAT Reverse Charge For Building And Construction Services
    • Mondaq UK
    ......railways, inland waterways, docks and harbours, pipelines,. reservoirs, water mains, wells, sewers, ......
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