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Hawkins v Clayton [1988] HCA 15; (1988) 164 CLR 539 (8 April 1988) High Court of Australia

Case Title: HAWKINS v. CLAYTON [1988] HCA 15; (1988) 164 CLR 539 F.C. 88/012

Medium Neutral Citation:[1988] HCA 15

Hearing Date(s): 1987, May 13
1988, April 8

Decision Date:20 June 2011

Jurisdiction: High Court of Australia

Before:C.J Mason
J. Wilson
J. Brennan
J. Deane
J. Gaudron

Catchwords: Negligence - Duty of care - Solicitor - Will held by solicitor - Failure to inform executor of death of testator and of contents - Whether duty to do so - Loss to estate caused by executor's ignorance of death - Measure of damages.

Limitation of Actions - Tort - Accrual of cause of action - Running of time - Commencement - Breach by solicitor of duty of care to inform executor of testator's death - Loss to estate caused by executor's ignorance of death - Limitation Act 1969 (N.S.W.), s. 14(1).

Legislation Cited: Limitation Act 1969 (N.S.W.), s. 14(1)
Wills, Probate and Administration Act 1898 (N.S.W.), s.150
s.32 of the Wills, Probate and Administration Act
s.61 of the Wills, Probate and Administration Act

Cases Cited: Central Trust Co. v. Rafuse (1986) 31 DLR (4th) 481, at p 521
Bowen v. Paramount Builders (1977) 1 NZLR 394, per Richmond P., at p 407
Central Trust Co. v. Rafuse (1986) 31 DLR (4th) 481, at p 521
Bowen v. Paramount Builders (1977) 1 NZLR 394, per Richmond P., at p 407
Voli v. Inglewood Shire Council [1963] HCA 15; (1963) 110 CLR 74, at p 85
Midland Bank v. Hett, Stubbs and Kemp (1979) Ch 384, at pp 402-403
Hedley Byrne & Co. Ltd. v. Heller & Partners Ltd. [1963] UKHL 4; AC 465
Marshall v. Broadhurst (1831) 1 C & J 403 [1831] EngR 151; (148 ER 1480)
Balch v. Symes [1823] EngR 362; (1823)
Turn & R 87, at p 92
Aebly's Will (1941) 29 NYS 2d 929, at pp 931-932; affirmed (1941) 31 NYS 2d 664
Georges v. Georges [1811] EngR 446; (1811) 18 VesJun 294 (34 ER 328)...
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