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Insurance between neighbours: Stannard v Gore and Common Law Liability for Fire

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Insurance between neighbours : Stannard v Gore and Common Law Liability for Fire. / Steele, Jenny; Merkin, Rob.

In: Journal of Environmental Law, Vol. 25, No. 2, 02.07.2013, p. 305-317.

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Steele, J & Merkin, R 2013, 'Insurance between neighbours: Stannard v Gore and Common Law Liability for Fire', Journal of Environmental Law, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 305-317. https://doi.org/10.1093/jel/eqt015

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Steele, J., & Merkin, R. (2013). Insurance between neighbours: Stannard v Gore and Common Law Liability for Fire. Journal of Environmental Law, 25(2), 305-317. https://doi.org/10.1093/jel/eqt015

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Steele J, Merkin R. Insurance between neighbours: Stannard v Gore and Common Law Liability for Fire. Journal of Environmental Law. 2013 Jul 2;25(2):305-317. https://doi.org/10.1093/jel/eqt015

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Steele, Jenny ; Merkin, Rob. / Insurance between neighbours : Stannard v Gore and Common Law Liability for Fire. In: Journal of Environmental Law. 2013 ; Vol. 25, No. 2. pp. 305-317.

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