Limitation—fraud, deliberate concealment and mistake
Limitation—fraud, deliberate concealment and mistake

The following Dispute Resolution practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Limitation—fraud, deliberate concealment and mistake
  • Postponement of limitation period (section 32)
  • Fraud
  • Fraud (section 32)
  • Fraudulent breach of trust claims (section 21)
  • Deliberate concealment—section 32(1)(b)
  • Deliberate concealment—section 32(2)
  • Deliberate concealment—examples
  • Pleading deliberate concealment
  • Mistake
  • More...

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This Practice Note explains the provisions in the Limitation Act 1980 (LA 1980) in relation to claims for fraud, deliberate concealment and mistake. In particular, it deals with extending or postponement of the limitation period in such claims under LA 1980, s 32 and what constitutes ‘reasonable diligence’ for the purposes of LA 1980, s 32(1). For more general guidance on limitation periods, see:

  1. Limitation Act 1980—general application

  2. Limitation—the principal limitation periods

  3. Limitation—extensions of time under the Limitation Act 1980

Postponement of limitation period (section 32)

Section 32 of the Limitation Act 1980 (LA 1980) postpones the running of any applicable limitation period where:

  1. the action is based on the fraud of the defendant (LA 1980, s 32(1)(a))

  2. any fact relevant to the claimant’s right of action has been deliberately concealed from him by the defendant, including the deliberate commission of a breach of duty in circumstances in which it is unlikely to be discovered for some time (LA 1980, s 32(1)(b) and 32(2)), or

  3. the action is for relief from the consequences of a mistake (LA 1980, s 32(1)(c))

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