Hool Law has successfully defended a claim against the Belfast Giants following an incident in which a spectator was struck on the forehead by a puck during an ice hockey match.
The Plaintiff alleged that the Belfast Giants and the Odyssey Arena were guilty of negligence and in breach of the Occupier’s Liability Act (Northern Ireland) 1957.
We argued that the Defendants had complied with the International Hockey Federation Rules & Regulations and that no ice hockey arena in the UK had better or further safety precautions than those at the Odyseey arena. To provide netting all around the arena would add significant further cost and to heighten the Perspex glass surrounding the rink would have brought about its own logistical and safety concerns.
The Court agreed and was satisfied that the Defendants had discharged their duty of care to ensure that the arena was as safe as reasonably possible for spectators.
Hool Law is regularly instructed by some of the UK’s largest Insurers in similar claims and has earned a formidable reputation as skilled practitioners in Insurance & Defence Litigation.