Commentary

73.2 Changes to doctrine of privity of contract

BOILERPLATE AND COMMERCIAL CLAUSES vol 4(3)

73.2 Changes to doctrine of privity of contract

73.2 Changes to doctrine of privity of contract

The Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 made important changes to English contract law1. These changes have a practical effect on the way in which contracts are drafted. Sample precedents, covering a range of situations, are set out in this title2.

The Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 applies to contracts governed by English law entered into on or after 11 May 20003. As discussed below, the 1999 Act modifies the common law doctrine of privity of contract by granting rights to certain third

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