Privity of Contract

Privity of Contract definition

/ˈprɪvɪti/ /ɒv,(ə)v/ /ˈkɒntrakt/

What does Privity of Contract mean?

Privity of contract is a common law doctrine which provides that you cannot either enforce the benefit of or be liable for any obligation under a contract to which you are not a party. The underlying premise is that only parties to a contract can sue or be sued under it.

Privity of Contract explained

A number of equitable and statutory exceptions to the doctrine of privity of contract exist, most notably under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 which permits a third party to enforce a contract where the contract itself either expressly provides for this or purports to confer such a benefit.

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