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Woman bringing legal claim after Tower Bridge lift accident gets trapped in Royal Courts of Justice lift

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*Irony klaxon*

An Australian tourist injured in a Tower Bridge lift accident ended up trapped in a lift at court when she sued those responsible.

Bronwyn Cowan and her husband Graham were among ten passengers injured in May 2009 when a lift plummeted ten feet and crashed to the ground. Central London County Court heard this week how the pair — who were just one day in to their dream holiday — endured leg fractures, while Bronwyn continues to suffer from the psychological trauma.

Unfortunately, the case appears to have had a shaky start.

According to the Evening Standard, there was a short delay to proceedings after the Cowans found themselves trapped in a lift at the Royal Courts of Justice, home to the Central London County Court. Bronwyn is reported to have then had a panic attack.

Addressing the court, barrister Christopher Edwards — who is representing the couple — asked for additional time to allow Bronwyn to compose herself following the incident. He said:

My client was briefly stuck in the lift and suffered a very unpleasant reaction.

Seemingly sympathising with Bronwyn, Judge Peter Wulwik gave her permission to use a private judicial staircase to exit the building at the end of the hearing.

The pair, who are from Sydney, are bringing the £300,000 claim against the City of London Corporation, which owns Tower Bridge, and two unnamed companies that were responsible for the lift’s installation and maintenance. The court will consider the value of the claim. Liability for the accident is not at issue as this was admitted in April 2016.

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25 Comments

Anonymous

As a lawyer, I feel embarrassed that I don’t know the answer to this question, but how is she bringing a claim against “two unnamed companies”? Surely the names are contained within the pleadings which are public documents?

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Anonymous

I am surprised that a lawyer would not know about a misnomer.

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Anonymous

Please enlighten me

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Anonymous

Does anyone know what the value of the claim is?

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Anonymous

“The pair, who are from Sydney, are bringing the £300,000 claim against the City of London Corporation”

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Anonymous

I am a genius sometimes.

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Anonymous

“Woman, bringing legal claim after Tower Bridge lift accident, gets trapped in Royal Courts of Justice lift”

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Anonymous

I couldn’t make any sense of the headline until your comment. Now I get it – it’s amazing what commas will do. Thanks!

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Anonymous

Lifts hate her.

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Decipher123

Thomas you’re not very good at writing clear headlines are you?

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Anonymous

Nervous shock topic in tort law maybe?

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Anonymous

Bloody hell, that headline, terrible.

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Anonymous

Well this escalated!

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Anonymous

Yeah this story really has lifted off!

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Anonymous

Elevated to new heights

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Anonymous

She really got shafted!

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Not related to this story

Tom – you seem like a nice chap. Kind of “on a hunch”, i think you seem like a decent person too (the article you wrote calling for less hysteria about the Cambridge kid).

The title of the article, however, is not nice. It does no justice whatsoever to the content of your articles which are very well written, fun to read.

I think maybe – Ignore the classic journalistic maxim to try and convey the entire article in a “one liner”.

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Anonymous

Can I just say, that student ambassador girl looks and sounds like the sort of woman who’d use three different types of contraception when she has sex, just to be sure.

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Anonymous

She also has a very white face.

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Anonymous

I blame immigration.

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Anonymous

Not really irony is it.

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Anonymous

“Unfortunately, the case appears to have had a shaky start.”

So much opportunity for pun.

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zan

Maybe she is causing the lifts to malfunction

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zan

Using the lift has its ups and downs

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Anonymous

Maybe shes so fat that she broke the hydraulics. She has breached her duty of care to lifts by being such a fatso.

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