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Junior Books v Veitchi

[1983] 1 AC 520

Case summary last updated at 03/01/2020 17:19 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case Junior Books v Veitchi

 J employed MC to build a factory, who subcontracted the floor to V. When V laid the floor defectively, J sued V directly in tort (NOT for breach of contract). HL allowed the claim since there was sufficient proximity between the parties to establish a duty of care. Lord Roskill said the relationship could be considered as being proximate since it was as close as it was possible to be, short of there being privity of contract. HL didn’t address the point that this case undermines the privity of contract. 

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