Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary v Southampton City Council

Limitation of action – When time begins to run. The police constabulary had settled a claim for personal injury and sought a contribution from the local authority. The judge found that the contribution proceedings were statute barred under s 10(4) of the Limitation Act 1980 and dismissed the claim. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, dismissed the constabulary's appeal on the basis that the case had fallen within s 10(4) of the Act, and not s 10(3) as the constabulary contended. On the correct interpretation of s 10(4), time had started to run from settlement of the damages, and not from settlement as to costs, with the result that the contribution proceedings had been statute barred.

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