- Risky business—oral contracts, partially concluded agreements and quantum meruit claims (AMP v Force India)
- What are the practical implications of this case?
- What was the background?
- What did the court decide?
- No oral contract concluded
- No written contract concluded
- Quantum meruit claim limited to brokerage services
- Case details
Commercial analysis: This analysis considers the latest in a round of cases addressing alleged oral or unsigned agreements. On this occasion, the claimant was unsuccessful in proving the existence of a contract. However, the court did find that the defendant would have been unjustly enriched if the claimant did not receive any money for services rendered in brokering a commercial deal in the absence of any contract, and therefore received an award of £150,000 in damages. It is sometimes said that a quantum meruit claim is the ‘hail mary’ attempt when seeking to claim monies owed, but as this judgment indicates, it does sometimes yield a positive result. Written by Ryan Turner, barrister, at Lamb Chambers.
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