Knowing when the limits for legal action start

March 2012
Rachel Barnes

Under the law of limitation, there are time limits for commencing legal actions to pursue a civil claim. For an action in court or by way of arbitration to pursue a claim for fees, or for damages for breach of contract or for negligence, the time limit is generally six years. There are exceptions: for example, for a claim for negligence, there is an alternative period of three years from the date when the claimant has the requisite degree of knowledge for bringing an action.

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