Ellen Rock, ‘Brett Cattle: a New Lease on Life for Misfeasance?’

Conventional wisdom has it that a plaintiff rarely succeeds in making out the tort of misfeasance in public office – it is a cause of action that is more relevant in theory than in practice. The recent case of Brett Cattle Company Pty Ltd v Minister for Agriculture offers us a rare glimpse into the successful operation of the tort and potentially suggests that it could play a wider role in securing government accountability going forward.

Rock, Ellen, Brett Cattle: a New Lease on Life for Misfeasance? (October 20, 2020) (2020) 31 Public Law Review (forthcoming).

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