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11 March 2019 Bianca Vasilache
In Cargill International Trading v Uttam Galva Steels, the High Court decided by summary judgment that a default interest rate of one-month LIBOR plus 12% was valid and enforceable. It did not amount to a penalty, it was validly incorporated into the contract and it was not illegal under Indian law. In 2015, Cargill entered › Read More
08 March 2019 Muir MacKean
Can a party tortiously induce a breach of contract without sufficient knowledge and intention? “No”, as confirmed in The Beans Group v MyUniDays – but liability may arise if activity continues knowingly and after notification of the breach. MyUniDays, which offers “Student Verification Technology” to companies providing student discounts, entered into contracts with an online › Read More
26 February 2019 Oliver Rule
Nearly three years after the referendum, Britain still hasn’t decided what sort of Brexit it wants. For the European Medicines Agency, however, the prospect of Brexit has already meant a departure from its shiny new headquarters in London, its relocation to Amsterdam even being written into EU law in 2018. Just as Britain has struggled › Read More
13 February 2019 Jason Rix
This morning the Supreme Court found, overturning the Court of Appeal, that a short telephone call was enough to create a binding agreement between an estate agent and his client, even though the trigger event for the commission had not been specified (Wells v Devani). There were very different accounts of the crucial phone call. › Read More
11 February 2019 Bethany Gregory
In Dymoke v Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy, the court held that an organisation breached an implied duty of procedural fairness by terminating an individual’s membership without informing them of the substance of criticisms made against them or providing any opportunity to respond or to address the potential termination. Dymoke taught an MA course which › Read More
30 January 2019 Saniya Sharma
In Lord Chancellor v Blavo & Co, the court held that “reasonably considers” meant acting rationally. Blavo had entered into a contract with the Lord Chancellor under a scheme to provide legal aid services to clients in relation to mental health law. Blavo could claim its legal fees from the Lord Chancellor and the Legal Aid › Read More
09 January 2019 Tomasz Hara
The risk of contracts becoming impossible to perform is increasingly a topic of discussion in boardrooms as the Brexit uncertainty intensifies. Can the doctrine of frustration offer a way out for those who find themselves unable to perform their obligations? In APFL v CAI the answer was “no”. APFL’s business model was to buy aircraft from › Read More
08 January 2019 Laurence Ridgway
In Wolff v Trinity Logistics USA, the Court of Appeal considered the elements of the tort of procuring a breach of contract. Wolff was a director of a company that imported clothing. Shipments from the manufacturers were carried out under a contract between Trinity Europe and Trinity Bangladesh (both connected to Trinity USA). Under this › Read More
02 January 2019 Bethany Gregory
In Morris v Swanton Care, the Court of Appeal held that an earn-out provision in a share purchase agreement contained an unenforceable agreement to agree. When Morris sold shares in a residential care business to Swanton, the parties included an earn-out mechanism in the share purchase agreement to enable him to receive deferred consideration. This › Read More