Well today is day one of the Government's leaky home cash not to sue package. I would love the package to work, however, as long as each responsible council remains solvent I suspect claimants will continue to prefer litigation as opposed to taking up the package. I cannot see Auckland Council, for example, falling over anytime soon. The Government has got the package half right. The Government really needed to go the whole distance and provide a comprehensive rescue package. Unfortunately, we are going to need an ACC approach if the Government, the councils and owners want to see an end to leaky home litigation led by owners. I cannot see the beginning of a mass exodus of leaky home lawyers occurring today. Certainly not to the extent of the flood of personal injury lawyers from New Zealand to Australia in the late 1970s. I guess there might be a few groups who would arrange a suitable farewell party at the airport.
By Chris Patterson