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Contract Law

Contract Law is the area of law most commonly encountered by citizens in everyday life. We all buy goods and services, we make deals with strangers and we work for employers based on certain terms and conditions. All these commercial transactions are governed by the law of contract. It is therefore hardly surprising that this is one of the most actively litigated- and most exhaustively examined- areas of law. Whether it is a dispute between a contractor and a property owner or a demand for money due and owing in a commercial transaction, people instinctively understand that contracts surround and effect them in countless ways every day. The posts below explore different aspects of contract law. Some of them describing the cutting edge of new caselaw. Others look back to precedents which can be hundreds of years old to illuminate current issues.

Fighting (1)

Litigation lawyers fight. If a lawyer is not generally fighting, he/she is not in litigation. Sometimes the lawyer is fighting for a plaintiff and sometimes the lawyer is fighting for the defendant.


Bait and Switch

“Overbooking” involves the sale of more “product” than a trader can supply (usually on the principle that some consumers will cancel).


Insolvent employers

It is a source of additional worry (above the prospect of unemployment) to employees who have been injured at work, to find that their employer is insolvent.


Please read that again..

Reference has been made in this blog to the necessity of having a lawyer in the conclusion of complex contracts. The same can be said of the necessity of having a lawyer on the interpretation of contracts. In Analog Devices v Zurich Insurance the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the High Court in favour of the plaintiff/respondent. The plaintiff had a factory in Limerick engaged in; the manufacture, research and design of high performance linear mix signal and digital […]


Repeat what I just said, please

As the court noted, there was not a clear contract in writing agreed between the parties. (Drawings and specifications were not sufficient to meet the need).


Builder’s GUBU

The court held that the Defendant was not answerable for the cost of demolition and reconstruction because the Plaintiff had not informed it of the need for a continuous pour.


Holiday Hell

The Plaintiffs wished to take their honeymoon in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt. Having booked, they were alarmed to receive reports that their hotel was being overbooked. They checked with Panorama and were reassured that was not the case. On arrival in Egypt they found it was the case and they were declined accommodation in the hotel contracted for.


Contract Law (2)

Sam Goldwyn (of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the US film producers) said of oral contracts, that they were not worth the paper they were written on. He was right, because of the lack of certainty they embody. Inevitably the two interlocutors making the “oral contract” will have differing recollections of the terms agreed. Litigation on such a contract is an unpredictable gamble.


Contract Law (1)

Signing a contract for a new roadway (or a new building) is a significant matter. The contract will have to provide for a great number of things, not least the specification for the type or quality of road or building.


Dud Motor Cars

The consumer has a choice of suing the Finance Company and the motor dealer who “sold” the car to the consumer or just the Finance Company.