Tip fire: representative proceedings

TORTS – representative proceedings – negligence – plaintiff suffered injury through fire – determination of liability – no claim for pure economic loss – ignition of fire – origins – causation – spread or escape of fire – common law principles – existence and scope of...

Administrative law

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – judicial review – reviewable decisions and conduct – motor accident – proper construction of s 63 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 (NSW) and the Medical Assessment and Permanent Impairment Guidelines – whether review panel conducted...

Ambulance law

Logar v Ambulance Service of New South Wales Sydney Region [2017] NSWCA 274 Schmidt J (Macfarlan JA and Emmett AJA agreeing) held that the primary judge did not err in failing to make a finding as to the actual speed at which the ambulance proceeded through the...

Motor accident v. work injury damages

Steven George Villanti v Coles Group Supply Chain Pty Limited; Steven George Villanti v All Staff Australia NSW Pty Ltd t/as Allstaff Australia [2017] NSWSC 1231 NEGLIGENCE – breach of duty – workplace accident – whether employer is vicariously liable for driver –...

Road authority

Wells v Council of the City of Orange (No 2) [2017] NSWSC 510 TORTS – negligence – motor vehicle accident – motorcycle colliding with water-filled barrier at night – duty of care – breach of duty – standard of liability – whether using water-filled barrier manifestly...

Vicissitudes and life expectancy

Section 13 of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW) applies to damages for future economic loss both in respect of “future earning capacity” and “other events on which the award is to be based”. The latter category includes damages for future attendant care, lawn mowing,...

Loss of commercial opportunity

CONTRACT – breach - solicitor’s retainer – failure to pursue proceedings against third party – loss of commercial opportunity of recovery – proceedings later successful – no recovery due to third party’s bankruptcy – whether solicitor’s breach caused loss of valuable...

Tip fire: representative proceedings

TORTS – representative proceedings – negligence – plaintiff suffered injury through fire – determination of liability – no claim for pure economic loss – ignition of fire – origins – causation – spread or escape of fire – common law principles – existence and scope of...

Direct action against insurer

Murphy, McCarthy & Associates Pty Limited v Zurich Australian Insurance Limited [2018] NSWSC 627   The requirement for leave under s 5(4) of the Act is one imposed to insulate insurers from exposure to untenable claims. The discretion to give leave to bring...

Contempt

CONTEMPT – contempt of court – improper pressure – interference with the administration of justice as a continuing process Live Group Pty Ltd & Anor v Rabbi Ulman and Ors [2018] NSWSC 393 The ‘broader’ category of contempt As referred to in the original judgment...

ICAC: Jurisdictional Facts?

Knightsbridge North Lawyers Pty Limited v Independent Commission Against Corruption [2018] NSWSC 387 ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – judicial review – Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) – decision to hold public inquiry – ICAC Act 1988 (NSW), s 31 – decision to...

Corporate structure and duty of care

Strategic Formwork Pty Ltd v Hitchen [2018] NSWCA 54 The Court (Basten JA, Sackville AJA and Simpson JA) allowed the appeal on damages in part but otherwise dismissed the appeal; by majority the Court (Basten JA and Sackville AJA, Simpson JA dissenting) dismissed the...

Implying law into contracts

Bayside Council v V Corp Constructions Pty Ltd [2017] NSWCA 120   39. In dealing with a deed of release, in Bank of Credit and Commerce International SA v Ali, [5] Lord Hoffmann, after noting that the language of the document was “very wide”, continued: “So I...

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