The law of limitations is complex and incoherent. Limitation periods vary depending on the type of action - with over 150 statutory time limits appropriate to specific causes of action - and exceptions exist to the rules. Limitation Periods, the leading text in the field, steers practitioners through the complexities. A significant number of cases on limitations have been decided since publication of the previous edition and these are incorporated into the text. * Gives detailed guidance on time limitations in all areas of law, from preliminary issues to proceedings * Helps practitioners manage casework so that actions are begun within the required period * Sets out the time limits for commencing different types of action * Explains what happens when time has expired * Points out the many exceptions to the rules * Explains the implications of recent case law * Covers European and international limitation period issues
Definition, background and policy. The running and expiry of time. Relevance of the remedy. Categorisation. Actions founded on tort. The Latent Damage Act 1986. The Consumer Protection Act 1987. Personal injuries and defamation. The Crown and privileged corporations. Accrual of cause of action in contract. Actions to recover sums due under statute. Personal property. Real property. Trustees and personal representatives. Contribution. Arbitration. Miscellaneous cases. Acknowledgement and part payment. Disability. Fraud, concealment and mistake. Pleading questions. Procedural delays. Section 35. The Maritime Conventions Act 1911. The Foreign Limitation Periods Act 1984. The carriage statutes. Other statutes.