p. 58219. Actions under the rule of Rylands v Fletcher
- Kirsty HorseyKirsty HorseySenior Lecturer, Kent Law School, University of Kent
- and Erika RackleyErika RackleyProfessor of Law, Kent Law School, University of Kent
This chapter examines the rule from Rylands v Fletcher . The rule holds that where there has been an escape of a dangerous thing in the course of a non-natural use of land, the occupier of that land is liable for the damage to another caused as a result of the escape, irrespective of fault. The rule today is best understood through a trilogy of cases: Rylands v Fletcher, Cambridge Water Co Ltd v Eastern Counties Leather plc  and Transco v Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council . The development of the rule has led to an increased overlap with ideas from nuisance and negligence.