- Contaminated land—indemnity for costs of remediation works (Pullman v Welsh Ministers)
- What are the practical implications of this case?
- What was the background?
- What did the court decide?
- Case details
Property Dispute analysis: The case concerned a counterclaim by the landowner in relation to costs incurred undertaking remediation works required due to asbestos contamination. The court held the landowner could claim the full costs of remediation of land contaminated by asbestos, the contamination of which was caused by the lessee (who had breached a covenant in failing to keep the land in good repair and to remove buildings at the end of the lease) and the lessee’s parent company (in breach of various licences). The remediation scheme undertaken was a reasonable one, and the resultant costs were therefore reasonably incurred in the context of the breaches identified. Written by Jonathan Welch, barrister, at Francis Taylor Building.
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