Thomas Roe KC Instructed by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP (London) for the Appellant
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.
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.
Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago
Trinsalvage Enterprises Ltd
Lord Briggs, Lord Kitchin, Lord Hamblen, Lord Burrows, Lady Rose
3 May 2023
3 May 2023
18 July 2023
 UKSC 26