Walkley v Precision Forgings Ltd: CA 1978

The plaintiff appealed the strict application of the limitation laws against his claim. He had been injured whilst working as a grinder. He began one claim which lapsed, and began a second claim outside the limitation period, requesting the court to use its discretion to extend the period so as to allow the second action.
Held: Even if the first action could and would have been struck out for want of prosecution, Mr Walkley was entitled to seek an extension under section 2D in the second action and it was not possible to conclude on the material before the court that his application was bound to fail. (Waller LJ dissenting in part)
Megaw LJ, Shaw LJJ, Waller LJ
[1978] 1 WLR 1228
England and Wales
Cited by:
Appeal fromWalkley v Precision Forgings Ltd HL 1979
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