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Best/reasonable endeavours

Disputes about “reasonable endeavours” ill-suited to summary judgment

Crawford Jamieson

The High Court has held reasonable endeavours clauses require a detailed factual investigation, making them unsuitable for summary judgment (Insurance Medical Reporting v Your Lawyers Ltd). Insurance Medical Reporting provided medical reports to a law firm called Your Lawyers Ltd which specialises in personal injury claims. The parties had entered into an a credit agreement Read More

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Reasonable endeavours: have you done enough?

Daniel Grimwood

In Minerva v Greenland, the court provides some useful pointers as to when a party has met an obligation to use reasonable endeavours to secure a particular outcome. Minerva sold a development site to Greenland. The sale agreement provided that if Minerva was successful in obtaining enhanced planning permission within a certain time, Greenland would pay Read More

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Reasonable endeavours to reach agreements with third parties: are they enforceable?

Samantha Holland

A clause undertaking to use all reasonable endeavours to make an agreement with a third party is enforceable (Astor Management v Atalaya Mining). Astor argued that two of the defendants had breached an undertaking to use “all reasonable endeavours” to obtain a debt facility. The defendants raised a number of arguments in defence, including that Read More

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