Full Court Minute Books

Case S270/2012

Hunt & Hunt Lawyers v. Mitchell Morgan Nominees Pty Ltd and Ors

Case Nos.

S270/2012; S95/2012

Case Information

Lower Court Judgment

15/03/2012 Supreme Court of New South Wales (Court of Appeal) (Macfarlan JA, Sackville AJA)

[2012] NSWCA 38


Torts – Negligence – Proportionate liability – Loan and mortgage transactions effected by forged signatures of purported borrower/mortgagor – Mortgage registered but respondent lender's interest not indefeasible as security for loan amount – Respondent's solicitors ('the applicant') liable to respondent for negligence in failing to word mortgage so as to be indefeasible as security for loan amount – Sections 34 and 35 of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW), inter alia, limit liability of a defendant who establishes that other parties are concurrently liable to a plaintiff in respect of the damage or loss that is the subject of plaintiff's claim against the defendant – Whether insolvent fraudsters concurrent wrongdoer together with applicant – What is the correct approach to identifying 'the damage or loss that is the subject of the claim' within the meaning of s 34(2) of the Civil Liability Act 2002.

Torts – Negligence – Damages – Financial loss – Loss of Interest component – Forged mortgage – Scope of liability under s 5D Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW) – Whether Court of Appeal erred in holding that damages payable by applicant included amounts referable to interest rate provided in forged mortgage.

Short Particulars


07/09/2012 Hearing (SLA, Sydney)

21/09/2012 Notice of appeal

02/10/2012 Written submissions (Appellant/Applicant)

02/10/2012 Chronology (Appellant/Applicant)

03/10/2012 Submitting appearance (Fourth Respondent)

24/10/2012 Written submissions (First and Second Respondents)

31/10/2012 Reply

12/12/2012 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra)

03/04/2013 Judgment  (Judgment summary)

29/05/2013 Supplementary Judgment