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...

Oz standards not dispositive

Harrington Estates (NSW) Pty Ltd t/as Harrington Grove Country Club v Turner [2016] NSWCA 369 NEGLIGENCE – liability of occupier – liability of landscape architect – patron injured as stepped into garden bed in Club car park – true depth of garden bed obscured by...

Variation of orders

PRODEDURE - application for variation of orders made on appeal – where appeal court awarded damages contingently assessed by trial judge – back-dating of judgment – pre-judgment interest – indemnity costs – Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 2005 (NSW) r 36.16(3A) and...

Changes to expert's code of conduct

Schedule 7  Expert witness code of conduct 3   Content of report Every report prepared by an expert witness for use in court must clearly state the opinion or opinions of the expert and must state, specify or provide: (a)  the name...

Service of later medical reports

ROFESSIONAL CONDUCT – LAWYERS – Where first defendant’s solicitors failed to serve a supplementary medical report until day before trial – whether statements made to and correspondence with other parties in relation to report was misleading – solicitors subject to a...

Abuse of process

PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - abuse of process - unconditional discontinuance proceedings in different court involving same substratum of fact - whether abuse of process operates against person not party to earlier proceeding - where earlier proceeding not decided...

Judge's reasons

Toll Pty Ltd v Harradine [2016] NSWCA 374 69. ... The basic principle is that stated by Meagher JA in Beale v Government Insurance Office of NSW, [19] when referring to “three fundamental elements of a statement of reasons”: “First, a judge should refer...

Motor vehicles and injuries at work

Toll Pty Ltd v Harradine [2016] NSWCA 374 The authorities establish that if the forklift in the present case was being used to unload the contents of the stillage onto the trailer, and the forklift was stationary during this process, Mr Bournes was not “driving” it...

Oz standards not dispositive

Harrington Estates (NSW) Pty Ltd t/as Harrington Grove Country Club v Turner [2016] NSWCA 369 NEGLIGENCE – liability of occupier – liability of landscape architect – patron injured as stepped into garden bed in Club car park – true depth of garden bed obscured by...

Police officers: duty of care owed by State

State of New South Wales v Briggs [2016] NSWCA 344 1. Per curiam: In relation to the numerically large body of police officers, breach of a duty of care must be assessed in light of a postulated system that should have been devised, or a general instruction which...