Gordon Exall looks at the House of Lords decision in Horton v Sadler and considers its practical implications

The decision in Horton v Sadler [2006] UKHL 27 puts an end to one of the most ridiculous and anomalous principles affecting the law of limitation '“ the principle in Walkley v Precision Forgings Ltd [1979] 1 WLR 606.

Facts of Horton

The claimant was injured in a road traffic accident in 1998. The defendant was not insured. Proceedings were issued within the limitation period, but the claimant failed to give the requisite notification to the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB), which meant that the MIB had no liability to pay any judgment. The claimant then issued a second set of proceedings outside the li...

Jean-Yves Gilg
Solicitors Journal

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