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Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago (Appellant) v Trinsalvage Enterprises Ltd (Respondent) (Trinidad & Tobago)

Case ID: JCPC 2021/0027

Jurisdiction: Court of Appeal of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Case summary

Issue

Whether the Respondent was able to recover a 'qunatum meruit' by a claim in unjust enrichment for works completed under a void contract for construction work.

Facts

The Respondent purported to contract with the Government (represented in these proceedings by the Appellant) to carry out construction works.

The purported contract was void in law because in Trinidad and Tobago only the Central Tenders Board is authorised by statute to enter into contracts of this sort on the Government's behalf, whereas the Respondent dealt with the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works.

The High Court and the Court of Appeal nevertheless allowed the Respondent to recover the value of the works as a 'quantum meruit'. The Appellant submits that they were wrong to do so and now appeals to the Judicial Committee.

Parties

Appellant

Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago

Respondent

Trinsalvage Enterprises Ltd

Appeal

Justices

Lord Briggs, Lord Kitchin, Lord Hamblen, Lord Burrows, Lady Rose

Hearing start date

3 May 2023

Hearing finish date

3 May 2023

 
Watch hearing
3 May 2023 Morning session Afternoon session