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Smith & Others v South Eastern Power Networks

CitationSmith & Others v South Eastern Power Networks Plc [2012] EWHC 2541 (TCC)

Five test cases brought by domestic and small commercial electricity consumers against the electricity distributor for negligence relating to resistive heating fires in supply side electrical equipment.  The Court had to consider the scope of the distributor’s duty to the consumers.  Although limited breaches of duty were established, it was not established to anywhere near the requisite standard of proof that such breaches caused fire in any of the five cases.  Each of the claims against the Defendants was therefore dismissed.