Some Landmarks of 20th Century Contract Law

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This book contains a slightly expanded version of the Clarendon Lectures in Law given in Oxford in 2001. It deals with major contributions made by the English Courts in the Twentieth Century to three important areas of English contract law. The first is the variation of contracts by subsequent agreement, where developments in the doctrines of consideration and estoppel are discussed. The second is the battle over privacy of contract, and the third is the development of different...

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Overview

This book contains a slightly expanded version of the Clarendon Lectures in Law given in Oxford in 2001. It deals with major contributions made by the English Courts in the Twentieth Century to three important areas of English contract law. The first is the variation of contracts by subsequent agreement, where developments in the doctrines of consideration and estoppel are discussed. The second is the battle over privacy of contract, and the third is the development of different types of contractual terms.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199255757
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/23/2002
  • Series: Clarendon Law Lectures Series
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Guenter Treitel, DCL, FBA, QC, retired as Vinerian Professor of English Law in 1997, and has been awarded a knighthood for services to law. Professor Treitel has been a Fellow of All Souls College since 1979. He was previously a Fellow of Magdalen College from 1954 to 1979.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Agreements to vary contracts
1. Introduction
2. Increasing pacts (i) Consideration, public policy and duress (ii) Three party and public duty cases (iii) Williams v. Roffey Brothers (a) Facts and Results (b) Relation to earlier cases
3. Decreasing pacts (i) Consideration and duress (ii) Foukes v Beer: protection of creditors (iii) The High Trees case (a) Facts and decision (b) Conflict with protective function (c) The 'estoppel' analogue (d) Cause of action? (e) Differences between kinds of estoppel
4. Cross-overs (i) High Trees and increasing pacts (ii) Williams v Roffey and decreasing pacts
3. The Battle over Privity
1. The starting point
2. The trust exception
3. Early attacks on the doctrines
4. Third parties claiming the benefit of exemption clauses (a) Vicarious immunity and bailment on terms (b) Rejection of vicarious immunity: the Midland Silicones case (c) Ways round privity: Himalaya Clause (d) Ways round privity: other drafting devices
5. Binding third parties by exemption clauses (a) The general rule (b) Ways round the general rule (i) Supplied contract (ii) Sub-bailment on terms
6. Beswick v Beswick (a) The facts and results (b) Ways round privity (c) Tort liability? (d) Damages in respect of third party's loss (e) Law of Property Act 1925 section 56 (i) (f) Legislative reform
4. Types of Contractual Terms
1. Conditions and warranties
2. Intermediate terms (a) The Hong Kong Fir case (b) Developments and policies
3. Sale of Goods Act 1979 section 15A
4. Intermediate terms and warranties
5. Insurance warranties
6. Fundamental terms (a) Exemption clauses and fundamental breach (b) Concept of fundamental terms (c) Problems of construction (d) Deviation (e) Loss of right to rescind

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