| Commentary

73.4 Who benefits from the Act?

| Commentary

73.4 Who benefits from the Act?

As the name suggests, the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 gives to persons who are not parties to a contract (described in the 1999 Act as ‘third parties’) certain rights to enforce that contract. Accordingly, the 1999 Act alters the English common law doctrine of privity of contract. This doctrine generally provides that only the parties to a contract (the ‘contracting parties’) can have enforceable rights and obligations under the contract. Put another way, only a contracting party may sue another contracting party for breach of contract. It is, in general, not

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