Cases & Resources

Negligence – need to deal with each suggested precaution by reference to s. 5B(1)

NEGLIGENCE – occupier’s liability – customer trips and falls in appellant’s premises while entering a children’s play area – play area had raised shock-absorbent surface – primary judge found failure to warn and failure to make surface of play area level with remainder of premises were breaches of duty which caused the injury – findings…

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 opportunity – whether plaintiff entitled to damages – assessing damages for loss of valuable…

Appealing against the exercise of a judicial discretion

Elzahed v State of New South Wales [2018] NSWCA 103 When a court is invited to make a discretionary decision, to which many factors may be relevant, it is incumbent on the party who contends on appeal that attention was not given to particular matters to demonstrate that the primary judge’s attention was drawn to…

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 duty of care – novelty of duty –salient features…

Direct action against insurer

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”] [et_pb_row admin_label=”row”] [et_pb_column type=”4_4″] [et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] Murphy, McCarthy & Associates Pty Limited v Zurich Australian Insurance Limited [2018] NSWSC 627  

Contempt

CONTEMPT – contempt of court – improper pressure – interference with the administration of justice as a continuing process

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 investigate matters – ICAC Act 1988 (NSW), s 20 – no jurisdictional error – prerequisites…

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 cross-appeal. The Court held: In relation to (i): (1)   Neither the separate…

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 think that anyone who was simply reading the document without preconceptions…

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Peer professional opinion in practice

NEGLIGENCE — Medical negligence — Peer professional opinion — Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW) s 5O — Whether necessary that at the time of the alleged negligence there was an established practice which was widely accepted as competent medical practice — McKenna v Hunter & New England Local Health District [2013] NSWCA 476; (2013) Aust…

Apprehended bias

apprehended bias – whether comments and questions by sentencing judge during applicant’s trial, a co-offender’s trial, and sentencing hearings gave rise to reasonable apprehension of bias – application for recusal rejected – whether sentencing judgment should be set aside

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