Bryan is an experienced civil and commercial trial lawyer. In recent times those cases have tended to concern the ambit of duties owed by local authorities. Reported cases include:
- AK v Central & North West London Mental Health NHS Trust and Kensington & Chelsea RLBC on the existence of a duty of care in relation to the provision of aftercare under s117 MHA 1983.
- Maddock v Devon CC (QB 2003) On confidentiality of social services files. Is a local authority entitled or required to tell a university of misgivings it has as to a person’s fitness to become a social worker?
- O’Rourke v Camden (HL 1998) Can a damages claim be brought in connection with the defective performance of a duty owed under the Homelessness legislation?
Other examples of commercial work include:
- Jewson Limited v Boyhan (CA 2003), the first appeal decision on the ambit of the implied term as to satisfactory quality, in the context of a builders merchant selling to a developer.
- Central Midland Estates v Leicester Dyers Limited (Ch. D 2003) on adverse possession and easements of parking;
- X Limited v Nowacki and another T/A Lynton Porcelain (Ch. D 2003) on the equitable duty of confidence in a commercial setting; and
Bryan also appeared for the successful contractor in Ruxley Electronics and Construction Limited v Forsyth (HL 1995) a leading case on the measure of damages in the law of contract.