Recent Cases

Bluth v Boyded Industries Pty Ltd [2024] NSWCA 67 (04 April 2024) (Bell CJ, Gleeson and Harrison JJA)


Catchwords:


APPEALS – from finding of fact – credibility of witness – where credibility informed assessment of competing contemporaneous documentary, affidavit, and oral evidence at trial – where credibility fell to be assessed having regard to evidentiary inconsistences in an individual’s affidavit and oral evidence at trial in determining what he would have done in two counterfactual circumstances – where primary judge enjoyed the benefit of observing the trial in forming an assessment of credibility

NEGLIGENCE – where law firm breached duty of care to advise client against lodgement of a caveat – damages – loss of chance to exercise right of recission under a call option deed – whether the lost opportunity had some non-negligible value within the principles in Sellars v Adelaide Petroleum NL (1994) 179 CLR 332 – where relevant parties had a willingness to pay – where there was insufficient evidence for an inference that the relevant parties had an ability to pay