Mary Lawlor Appellant
M. J. Oppenheim, C.A., Attorney in fact in Canada
for Lloyd’s Non‑Marine Underwriters Respondent
Craig Royal Respondent
Indexed as: Lawlor v. Royal
File No.: 26212.
1998: November 13.
Present: L’Heureux‑Dubé, Gonthier, McLachlin, Iacobucci and Bastarache JJ.
on appeal from the court of appeal for newfoundland
Insurance ‑‑ Automobile insurance ‑‑ Validity of insurance policy ‑‑ Whether policy tranferred or cancelled.
APPEAL from a judgment of the Newfoundland Court of Appeal (1997), 153 Nfld. & P.E.I.R. 36, 475 A.P.R. 36,  I.L.R. ¶1‑3487,  N.J. No. 189 (QL), reversing a judgment of Wells J. (1996), 145 Nfld. & P.E.I.R. 1, 453 A.P.R. 1,  I.L.R. ¶1‑3403,  N.J. No. 236 (QL), holding that an automobile insurance policy was valid. Appeal allowed.
Neil Finkelstein, Matthew P. Gottlieb and Glen L. C. Noel, for the appellant.
Philip J. Buckingham and Dennis N. Clarke, for the respondent Oppenheim.
The judgment of the Court was delivered orally by
1 Iacobucci J. ‑‑ We are all of the view to allow this appeal substantially for the reasons of the trial judge, Wells J., and for the reasons of the dissenting judge in the Newfoundland Court of Appeal, Mahoney J.A. The Lloyd’s insurance policy was valid and binding in law and was not transferred or cancelled. Furthermore, there was no novation to release Lloyd’s from the obligations under its policy issued to Royal.
2 Accordingly, the appeal is allowed with costs here and in the Court of Appeal, the judgment of the Court of Appeal is set aside, and the decision of the trial judge is restored.
Solicitors for the appellant: Davies, Ward & Beck, Toronto; Patterson, Palmer, Hunt, Murphy, St. John’s.
Solicitors for the respondent Oppenheim: McInnes Cooper & Robertson, St. John’s.