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Barry v Ablerex Construction, Court of Appeal

9 April 2001
The issues

Multiplier

The facts

The Claimant had been awarded 1.2 million pounds for multiple personal injuries. The Defendant appealed. The Judge relied on a 2% discount rate in reaching his multiplier. The Defendants argued that the Judge would not have done so but was bound by Wells v Wells and Warren v Northern General Hospital Trust and should have assessed the discount at 3%.

The decision

The House of Lords had given guidance only in Warren and Wells. However, there would have been little point in it providing any guidance at all unless it was intended that that guidance should be implemented at least for a significant period.

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