Young v Anglo American South Africa Ltd and others

Practice – Service out of the jurisdiction. The proceedings concerned alleged acts and omissions of doctors for whom the first defendant company, AASA, admitted had liability. The claim against the second defendant doctor could only proceed if the claim against AASA had been brought properly. The issue arose as to whether the proceedings had been properly served against AASA, which had its head offices in South Africa. At first instance, the court held that the claim had not been properly served against AASA. On appeal, the Court of Appeal, Civil Division, held that the court had not erred, and that there was no case at all that AASA had had its central administration in England, so as to allow proceedings to be served on it.

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