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This Practice Note considers agreements to agree, and why an agreement to agree certain contractual terms at a future date has traditionally been held to be...

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Having established the existence of a ‘professional’ who may owe duties to their client, it is then necessary to consider the bases on which such duties may be founded....

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When considering a claim for damages (see Practice Note: Contractual damages—general principles and related content), the court will consider the principles of causation...

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This Practice Note serves as a quick reference guide for practitioners comparing the law of damages as it applies to claims in tort and in contract. For the basic...

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This Practice Note outlines when a claim for rectification may be appropriate, what you need to establish to succeed on such a claim and what evidence may be admissible...

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This Practice Note considers the court’s approach when there is dispute as to which party’s terms and conditions govern their contract in a ‘battle of the forms’ scenario...

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Express and implied contractual terms distinguished Contractual terms may be either express or implied: • express terms—are terms which are actually recorded in a written...

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This Practice Note on rules on interpreting contracts (agreements) (also known as construing or the construction of contracts and contractual terms) considers key cases...

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Key questions for any litigator when reviewing a contract will be: • what does the contract mean? • what are the parties’ respective rights and obligations under the...

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This Practice Note summarises the law, guidance and practice relating to the variation of contracts and deeds. It explains how a contract or deed can be varied in...

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This Practice Note considers the general principles of recovering damages for contractual breach, starting with the compensatory function of damages and the different...

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This Practice Note examines the extent to which contractors, sub-contractors and consultants have a duty to warn their employer of inadequacies that they discover in...

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This Practice Note discusses the purpose and features of entire agreement clauses (also known as whole agreement clauses), primarily in the context of...

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Damages may not always be an adequate remedy for breach of contract or, indeed, an appropriate one. This may be particularly so if the contract has not yet been breached...

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This Practice Note considers estoppel by representation and estoppel by convention. For general guidance on what an estoppel is and when it may be pleaded, see Practice...

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What is estoppel? The basic concept of an estoppel is that where a person (A) has caused another (B) to act on the basis of a particular state of affairs, A is prevented...

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Note: this Practice Note is concerned only with the creation of binding legal relations by way of contract (whether in writing or orally) and is not concerned with those...

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This Practice Note considers good faith in commercial agreements. It examines the concept of good faith and the extent to which it is applied in commercial agreements...

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This Practice Note considers if and when a duty of good faith may be implied into a construction contract, and also looks at some of the standard form construction...

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This Practice Note considers hierarchy of documents clauses within a building contract (otherwise known as order of precedence clauses, precedence clauses or priority of...

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This Practice Note provides a practical framework for approaching disputes over the correct construction of a contract. It is based upon the principles of contractual...

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The implication of terms into a contract is a large and complicated area of law. Sometimes, a particular term will be implied automatically into all contracts of a...

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Contract Where a contract is made by two or more parties it may contain a promise or obligation made by two or more of those parties. Any such promise may be: • joint •...

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[Headed paper of the employer] To: [insert name and address of recipient of letter] Date: [insert date] Dear [insert name of recipient organisation], [Insert name of...

Precedents

The Limitation Act 1980 (LA 1980) (as amended by the Latent Damage Act 1986 (LDA 1986)) governs the time limits for bringing different types of legal claims. If a claim...

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ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained. This article appears as originally published in Construction Law on 1 November 2018. Kwadwo Sarkodie...

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This Practice Note considers the relevance of material breach in the context of construction projects, looks at contractual definitions of material breach and identifies...

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This Practice Note sets out when and how parties can seek to limit or exclude liability for misrepresentations by reference to section 3 of the Misrepresentation Act 1967...

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This Practice Note considers the legal concept of mistake in contract law. It examines common mistake, mutual mistake, unilateral mistake, mistake as to identity and...

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Purpose A notices clause is often included in an agreement to ensure that each party has certainty and clarity in relation to formal communications between the parties...

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