Triumph for canal boat litigant in person – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 18th, 2013 in canals, litigants in person, news by sally

“A boat owner has won his appeal against the British Waterways Board preventing him from mooring his boats alongside his land on a tidal stretch of the Grand Canal. Although he had no common law right to permanently moor the boats, he had committed no actionable wrong in doing so, and they were therefore not moored ‘without lawful authority’ within the meaning of the British Waterways Act 1983. This judgment is an interesting and important endorsement of the principle in English law that everything is permitted except what is expressly forbidden.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th February 2013