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InvercargillCity Council v Hamlin

[1996] AC 624

Case summary last updated at 18/01/2020 16:22 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case InvercargillCity Council v Hamlin

P employed X to build a house and the local council’s inspector, D, failed to point out defective foundations. These were discovered when P called in an expert and P sued D for the cost of repairs. Privy Council conceded that the NZ law, unlike English courts, does impose a duty of care on inspectors and upheld the verdict that P could not have discovered the defects reasonably before calling in the expert and therefore his cause of action accrued from this moment. There were no special limitations in NZ law on economic loss.

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