Donoghue v Stevenson – what the law textbooks didn't tell you!

Pizza Express
Thursday, 18 February 2016
5:30 pm

By Jeff Heasman

The Insurance Institute of Mid Kent invites you to attend the seminar at

A pizza buffet will be available from 5.30pm for a 6pm start
at Pizza Express 32-34 Earl St, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PF

About the seminar:
Donoghue v Stevenson is one of the most celebrated cases in legal history and is often just affectionately referred to as the case of the snail and the ginger beer. There is no doubting that it has influenced the development of the law of negligence across the common law world.

However, there are certain aspects to the case that are not dealt with in most of the law books and lectures. This seminar takes a look behind the scenes by referring to some of the original court papers and documents such as Mrs Donoghue's medical records.

  • Was there really ever a snail in the bottle of ginger beer?
  • Why did Mrs Donoughue not report the incident at the time?
  • Who were the main actors and protagonists?
  • Why was the evidence never properly tested in court?
  • How might a modern-day insurance company deal with the allegations made by Mrs Donoghue?

This seminar aims to shed a new light on this famous case and to look at it from a very different, and at times, controversial angle.

Key Learning Outcomes/ Objectives

By the end of the seminar, participants will be able to:

  • develop and use critical thinking skills to evaluate previously decided case law.
  • understand the historical context of the development of the law of negligence.
  • appreciate more fully the background to the seminal case of Donoghue v Stevenson.
  • approach the facts of the case as a modern-day insurer would, to decide whether the same
    outcome would be likely today!

Please book below but contact to advise if you have any special dietary or other requirements - thank you.

  • Pizza Express
  • 32-34 Earl Street
  • Maidstone
  • ME14 1PF
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CII Accredited

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1 hour's CPD can be claimed for this event if relevant to your learning and development needs.

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