A five million pound question: whether to claim in English or Spanish courts?

Godfrey Keefe was on holiday in Tenerife in October 2006. He was sitting by a hotel swimming pool when the pointed end of an unsecured parasol, lifted by a gust of wind, penetrated his right eye socket and caused him serious brain injury. Subject to liability, his claim would be worth around £5 million pounds if quantified under English law. It would, however, be worth around a tenth of that amount (between €600,000 and €800,000) if quantified under Spanish law.

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