In re River Steamer Company: 1871

A without prejudice letter was written by a person claiming adverse possession of land to the paper owner offering to purchase the land. The paper owner said this was an acknowledgment of his title.
Held: The letter was written in the context of a dispute which had advanced to the point of an arbitrator having been appointed, and ‘a letter which is stated to be without prejudice cannot be relied on to take a case out of the Statute of Limitations, for it cannot do so unless it can be relied upon as a new contract.’ (Mellish LJ)


Mellish LJ


(1871) LR 6 Ch App 822


England and Wales

Cited by:

CitedTower Hamlets v Barrett and Another CA 19-Jul-2005
The defendant tenants appealed an order for them to surrender possession of land which they claimed had been acquired by adverse possession. The buildings, including one which shared a party wall with the building owned by the defendants had been . .
CitedBradford and Bingley Plc v Rashid HL 12-Jul-2006
Disapplication of Without Prejudice Rules
The House was asked whether a letter sent during without prejudice negotiations which acknowledged a debt was admissible to restart the limitation period. An advice centre, acting for the borrower had written, in answer to a claim by the lender for . .
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Land, Limitation

Updated: 30 April 2022; Ref: scu.228934