Police powers and duties: incoherence and incompatibility; Summary dismissal

CIVIL PROCEDURE – summary disposal – dismissal of proceedings – primary judge summarily dismissed proceedings on basis that defendant did not owe plaintiffs a duty of care – where weight of current authority against existence of duty of care – where argument available...

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 –...

Preliminary discovery

APPEALS – civil procedure – preliminary discovery – Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 2005 (NSW), r 5.3(1) – where application dismissed for failure to satisfy the Court of entitlement to make a claim for relief – whether dismissal involved a determination of the merits...

Solicitor’s duties: retainer etc

TORTS — Negligence — Professional Negligence — Solicitor and Client — No formal retainer TORTS — Negligence — Professional Negligence — Solicitor and Client — No formal retainer — the plaintiff solicitor alleged that the defendant solicitor failed to advise the...

“Means and includes”

  Council of the Law Society of New South Wales v Bouzanis [2017] NSWCA 330 I turn now to the definition of “trust money” in s 243. The definition is of the not unfamiliar kind that begins with a broad statement (“means”) to which is added (“and includes”)...

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...

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