Category Archives: Pleadings
Liability of Independent sub-contractors: Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd v Robert West Consulting Ltd.
In Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd v Robert West Consulting Ltd  EWHC 3291 (TCC), Coulson J gave guidance as to the exceptions to the general rule that a main contractor cannot be liable in tort for the acts or omissions of an independent sub-contractor. He also analysed the application of those exceptions to a plea of contributory negligence. Continue reading
Three cheers for Mr Justice Leggatt who in Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton  EWHC 405 has struck a blow against over-long pleadings. “Statements of case must be concise,” he said. “They must plead only material facts, meaning those necessary for the purpose of formulating a cause of action or defence, and not background facts or evidence. Still less should they contain arguments, reasons or rhetoric.”