BURKE v LUNN [1976] VR 268

SUPREME COURT OF VICTORIA BURKE v LUNN 29 August,29, 30 September 1975   Building contract — Disputes between builder and building owner — Order for reference of questions to special referee for enquiry and report to Court — Finding by special referee that building owner liable to pay builder a specified sum — Principles applicable to resolving […]

Goodwin Street Developments Pty Ltd v DSD Builders Pty Ltd [2018] NSWSC 1791

SUPREME COURT NEW SOUTH WALES  GOODWIN STREET DEVELOPMENTS PTY LTD V DSD BUILDERS PTY LTD [2018] NSWSC 1791   HEARING DATE: 20 November 2018 DECISION DATE: 21 November 2018 JURISDICTION: Equity – Technology and Construction List BEFORE: Stevenson J DECISION: Plaintiff’s Notice of Motion of 20 November 2018 be dismissed with costs CATCHWORDS: BUILDING AND […]

Goodwin Street Developments Pty Ltd v DSD Builders Pty Ltd [2018] NSWCA 276

COURT OF APPEAL SUPREME COURT NEW SOUTH WALES   GOODWIN STREET DEVELOPMENTS PTY LTD V DSD BUILDERS PTY LTD [2018] NSWCA 276   HEARING DATE: 17 October 2018 DECISION DATE: 20 November 2018 BEFORE: Basten JA at [1]; Leeming JA at [55]; White JA at [56] DECISION:   Dismiss the appeal from the judgment in the […]

Tabcorp Holdings Ltd v Bowen Investments Pty Ltd [2009] HCA 8

HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA FRENCH CJ, GUMMOW, HEYDON, CRENNAN AND KIEFEL JJ   TABCORP HOLDINGS LTD (Appellant) AND BOWEN INVESTMENTS PTY LTD (Respondent)   Tabcorp Holdings Ltd v Bowen Investments Pty Ltd [2009] HCA 8 12 February 2009 M63/2008   ORDER Appeal dismissed with costs   CATCHWORDS Contract – Damages – Lease – Tenant’s covenant […]

PND Civil Group Pty Ltd v Bastow Civil Constructions Pty Ltd [2017] NSWCA 159

COURT OF APPEAL SUPREME COURT NEW SOUTH WALES   HEARING DATE: 16 June 2017 DATE OF ORDERS: 27 June 2017 BEFORE: McColl JA, Gleeson JA, McDougall J DECISION: (1) Notice of appeal dismissed with costs. (2) On the cross-appeal: (a) Set aside the costs orders made by the primary judge; (b) In place of those […]

Stone v Chappel [2017] SASCFC 72

SUPREME COURT OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA (Full Court) DISCLAIMER – Every effort has been made to comply with suppression orders or statutory provisions prohibiting publication that may apply to this judgment.  The onus remains on any person using material in the judgment to ensure that the intended use of that material does not breach any such […]

Bellgrove v Eldridge (1954) 90 CLR 613

HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA   BELLGROVE, APPELLANT PLAINTIFF   AND    ELDRIDGE, RESPONDENT DEFENDANT   ON APPEAL FROM THE SUPREME COURT OF VICTORIA.   Building—Contract for erection of house—Breach by builder—Faulty foundations— Instability of structure—Demolition—Reconstruction—Measure of damages.   In an action for damages for breach of contract brought by a building owner against a builder, it […]

Burns v MAN Automotive (Aust) Pty Ltd (1986) 161 CLR 653

HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA Gibbs C.J., Wilson, Brennan, Deane and Dawson JJ.   BURNS v. M.A.N. AUTOMOTIVE (AUST.) PTY. LTD. (1986) 161 CLR 653 16 December 1986   Contract—Breach—Damages—Sale of goods—Prime mover—Warranty that engine fully reconditioned—Breach—Loss of earnings—Extent of recovery—Mitigation of loss—Purchaser impecunious—Relevance to assessment of damages and mitigation. Decisions GIBBS C.J.: This is an […]

Defective Works

Jim Doyle, Partner at Doyles Construction Lawyers presents on defective building works.

Mann v Paterson Constructions Pty Ltd [2018] VSCA 231

This case highlights the approach taken by the Victorian Supreme Court of Appeal when assessing a claim made in quantum meruit as a result of one party accepting the repudiation of a contract made by the other party. The Court will have regard to actual costs when assessing the amount payable, however is not bound […]