Recent cases

Appeal – error?

Elskaf v GIO General Limited [2019] NSWCA 23 Appeal from a decision of the District Court. The primary Judge (Wass SC DCJ) dismissed the appellant’s claim against the respondent (GIO) under a Motor Vehicle Insurance Policy (Policy) for the agreed value of a Ferrari 360 Modena vehicle (Vehicle). [1] The appellant’s case was that the Vehicle was…

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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 that common law should be extended to recognise duty of care –…

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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…

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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 its new assessment in accordance with requirements of s 63 and the applicable Guidelines –…

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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 intersection. Nor did the primary judge err in…

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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 – contributory negligence of driver – whether motor vehicle owner is negligent under…

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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 unreasonable – expert evidence – whether failure to comply…

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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 vegetation – primary judge found Club liable but architect not…

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