Western Law

Paisley Snail Conference Marks 80th Anniversary of Donoghue v Stevenson

On May 24-26, 2012, 150 delegates from 4 continents gathered in Paisley, Scotland, to mark the 80th anniversary of the House of Lords' decision in Donoghue v Stevenson, the famous "snail in the bottle" case in which Lord Atkin enunciated his "neighbour principle" for the duty of care. Among the plenary speakers was Professor Erika Chamberlain, who presented, "Lord Buckmaster: the reluctant villain in Donoghue v Stevenson." 

The proceedings included a parade of delegates through the historic town of Paisley to the newly refurbished Donoghue v Stevenson Memorial on the former site of the Wellmeadow Cafe, where May Donoghue consumed her infamous snail-tainted ginger beer. Among the attendees were the Right Honourable Lord Hamilton, Lord President of the Scottish Court of Session, the Honourable Lord Kinclaven, Senator of the College of Justice, Chief Justice Lance Finch of the British Columbia Court of Appeal, and Martin Taylor, QC, former Justice of the British Columbia Court of Appeal and the Court of Appeal for the Cayman Islands.