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Counting the cost: claimant compensation for lost time


Dealing with another party's breach of contract or negligence can be a time-consuming process, involving the diversion of management and other staff from their normal revenue-generating activities. The recent case of Azzurri Communications Limited v International Telecommunications Equipment Limited t/a SOS Communications [2013] EWPCC 17 is an example of the court being willing to compensate a claimant for the time that is wasted in this way.

The case demonstrates that, in order to bring a claim for wasted management and staff time, a claimant must adduce sufficient evidence to prove that staff have been diverted from their proper duties and that this has caused substantial disruption to the claimant's business.

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