Case Study Analysis and Application
Monica owns a horse ranch in New South Wales where she breeds and trains champion horses. When one of the fences on the ranch was damaged in a recent storm, Monica hired Joe, a local builder, to remove and replace the broken fence.
During negotiations, Monica told Joe:
‘I’m in a rush
for the fence to be fixed because we had to move the horse that uses that paddock, to a neighbouring farm for agistment. They are charging us $150 per day. If you agree to take this job, you have to get it done straight away with no delays.
Joe agreed to take the job on these conditions and contracts were signed.
The next day Joe arrived at 6am and immediately removed the broken fence. Unfortunately, due to a scheduling error, Joe was not able to return to
ranch to build the new fence until 3 weeks later. During that time, Monica paid a total of $3,150 in agistment fees to her neighbour and, unbeknownst to Joe, she also lost around $5,000 in expected income when she was forced to cancel all of her weekly horse riding lessons during the three week period.
Monica is furious and believes she has a right to terminate the contract and sue Joe for damages.
Q1) Refer to case law and discuss whether Monica has a legal right to terminate the contract and sue Joe for the $3,150 agistment fee for her horse. (6 marks)
(In your answer, you must refer to Luna Park v Tramways Advertising Pty Ltd and Associated Newspaper v Bancks and analyse whether the time for repairs to be carried out was a condition of the contract)
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