Dear Clive

Dear Clive Mr Clive McKeag - our senior consultant provides advice on a range of legal issues and is published weekly in the Chronicle Extra.

Dear Clive


I have been injured tripping in a pot hole in the road and wanted to make a claim but my friend says that the council will argue that they are cash-strapped and can't afford it and will get away with is. Is that right?




Dear Claire


It is not a defence to such a claim for the council to argue that they do not have adequate resources. They must process reports of defects, and a recent case has said that it is reasonable for them to have a system of inspecting defects the next working day after they are reported.


Please ring our New PI Claims Team on 0191 213 1010 ( and they will be happy to provide you with further advice.