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The Evolution of Global Claims and John Doyle Construction Ltd v. Laing Management

It is almost 40 years since the English courts opened the door to global claims, recognising that a complex interaction between the consequences of the various causes of loss might make it extremely difficult or even impossible to ascertain with accuracy the effects of any single causative event. However, the door was only slightly ajar and, prior to admitting any global claim, the courts have systematically imposed strict conditions with respect to the pleadings and above all with respect to any contribution to the damage that may have been made by the claimant himself.